American Daredevils: Mesa man gets break on new show

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- From the dirt tracks of America’s heartland to the bright lights of the country’s biggest speedways, American Daredevils brings to life the stories of the men who proudly carry the torch lit by Evel Knievel.

These daredevils travel the country performing live, death-defying acts without the luxuries of rehearsals or second chances.

3TV's Javier Soto talked to one of these daredevils -- a Mesa man named Kevin "El Jalapeño" Juarez.

He's a restaurant worker by day and a daredevil at night. Juarez said he loves being in his fire suit, describing it as "very soothing."

"You get into your own little special place," he explained. "You forget about the world outside. ... You can't control the fire, but the fire's on you. You just get into your own little world. I don't know. It's soothing."

Juarez he's game for almost anything, except stunts involving motorcycles.

"I'll leave that to Evel Knievel," he said.

Juarez said his parents are supportive of everything he does, but they don't watch him in action.

"They just won't look," he told Soto with a laugh.

American Daredevils premieres on Tuesday, Oct. 22, on History. Check your local listings for times.

Juarez is having a premiere party at R.T. O'Sullivans, 1610 S. Stapley Drive (Stapley Drive and US 60), Mesa. The party starts at 6:30 p.m.