It’s almost May, a time when all speed freaks turn their eyes “Back Home” to Indiana to see the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, an American tradition: the Indy 500.
“It has been a whirlwind of excitement since announcing Myles Rowe Racing as our driver. We are so encouraged by your support!” Force Indy reported on Facebook in February.
ROAD TO INDY
So what track is @mylesroweracing most excited to get to? We'll give you a hint – it's north of the U.S. border.
— News From The Pits (@NewsFromThePits) April 14, 2021
Racing isn’t political, but Conservatives, Populists, and Libertarians should notice Indy Car racing’s free spirit and openly competitive nature and get a little giddy. And here is a great story that should get our reader’s circulation going. A chance to meet a young and upcoming driver, Myles Rowe, and hear about his dreams for victory. What is more American than that?
Meet 20-year-old Rowe and look at his car:
— Myles Rowe (@mylesroweracing) April 3, 2021
SO WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?
According to Motor Sport Magazine: “In partnership with Roger Penske…Their new all African-American race outfit, Force Indy, makes its debut in the American junior single-seater category USF2000 this weekend at Barber Motorsports Park.”
The team is included in IndyCar’s new ‘Race for Equality and Change’ initiative, a $1m fund to “fuel internal and external programs and initiatives that will create fundamental change.”
“The idea is actually to be, and these are my words, a sort of pipeline to promote the motorsport on the higher level. So maybe if I train a mechanic, engineer, someone in PR, they could then go to work with a Ganassi or an Andretti or other teams,” wrote James Elson of Motor Sports Magazine.
Inevitably, much of the attention will be on the man behind the wheel: the face of Force Indy is a 20-year-old karting champion whose talent shone just when it mattered — not that he knew it at the time.
“Roger Penske told me Will Power was out at one of the go-kart tracks in Charlotte,” says Reid. “Will was running behind this kid, and he couldn’t pass him. And he said, ‘Wow, this kid is really good!’ So he and the karter, Myles Rowe, became acquainted.”
Will Power is the 2018 Indy 500 Champion.
— Will Power (@12WillPower) February 2, 2021
ON THE ROAD TO THE INDY 500-FORMER GO KART DRIVER RUNS WITH THE BIG CARS NOW.
“I have a passion for open-wheel racing, you know. Open-wheel racing is one of the most competitive forms of racing to be involved in. The Road to Indy gives you a proper ladder to build up to IndyCar and the Indy 500, and that’s one of the biggest races in the world, so that’s what I’m here for – here to get to Indy and be the fastest out there in the world.
I got started actually in a little series down in Georgia called the Pro Cup Karting Series. It’s at Andretti’s indoor karting facility, sort of like a Dave and Busters. They have an arcade, they have a race track in there as well, and they have the series called Pro Cup Karting which is actually really competitive. We did one championship for the indoor league; that’s how I initially got started at age 12.
Then the next year, they converted to outdoor at Atlanta Motorsports Park. We got second and third in that championship doing a season there. Because we didn’t have much money at the time and we didn’t want to invest a lot, it was really good. Then we decided to get my own go-kart and decided to run at Go Kart Motorplex and a couple of national series, and then a year later, the United States Pro Kart Series,” Rowe told McCubbin.
This article is the first in a series that will take me to the Indy 500. I grew up going to the 500. I look forward to sharing the journey with readers.
Further reading about the Indy 500:
— Kari Baxter Donovan ????⛵????☀️ (@Saorsa1776) April 15, 2021
First pit stop, Barber Motor Park:
— Indianapolis Motor Speedway (@IMS) April 15, 2021
Kari is an ex-Community Organizer who writes about Voter Engagement, Cultural Marxism and Campaigns. She has been a grassroots volunteer with the GOP, on and off for 18 years. She is a Homeschool Mom in North Carolina and loves Photojournalism and Citizen Journalism. @Saorsa1776