Car #83: An Act of Love & Friendship

“A goal is a dream with a deadline.”

On October 17th 2012 Evan Sewell had an idea which became a dream and very quickly a goal. Evan’s goal was to build a Focus Midget for his friend Shane Weeks to run at the Tulsa Shootout on December 28th 2012. Anyone familiar with race cars knows this would be a very tough task. Evan also wanted to do this without Shane knowing about it, that made it an even tougher task. Evan is a young hardworking man with a wife and young son. He also races Micros and Midgets. So it goes without saying Evan did not have spare money lying around to finance this dream. But he does have friends, very good friends. He discussed his idea with his cousin and fellow racer Alex Sewell, who’s response was “Let’s do it”. The next call was to Shane Stewart who races The World of Outlaw sprint cars. Before they knew it parts were arriving from every corner of the U.S. and the build was on. To make things even tougher it was decided the car would need to be finished by November 21st for a surprise presentation to Shane the night before Thanksgiving. With the help of many friends from all across the country the car was ready, the surprise for Shane was huge, and many tears of joy were shed. The logos on the car represent companies who helped with contributions.

Why would Evan and the many others take on this monumental task? Shane Weeks is a 19 year old young man who loves race cars. He drives Micros and has had a dream of driving a Midget. He has also battled cancer since the age of 8. Shane is an upbeat person who deals with his health problems daily and never complains. He lives his life as if he will live to be a hundred years old. His family and friends all pray that he does.

Evan, Alex, Shane Stewart and everyone else involved didn’t do this for recognition or praises, they simply did it to make a friends dream come true and to see the smile on his face.