"I had no idea how cool open-wheel racing was," said Reese, who toured the garages and watched much of the race from pit lane. "I've seen it on television of course, but to enjoy a race from up close was totally different. Watching the efficiency of the crews as they turned out 6- to 10-second pit stops and the speed those drivers pushed those cars to was mind blowing. I'm definitely a fan of Indy racing now; I can't wait to watch more."
The next day, Reese invited Indy Racing League president of competition and operations Brian Barnhart and IndyCar Series technical director Kevin Blanch to his workplace – Clear Lake near Kelseyville, Calif., which is the largest freshwater lake in the state.
Almost 30 bass in the 3- to 5-pound range were landed, with Reese taking honors for the day with a 7-pounder.
"We had fun all day, but there was a three-hour period that we seemed to catch them fairly steadily," he said. "It was a great day, and I made some new friends as well."