Today Force Indy, one of the first African-American owned motorsports organizations with a mostly African-American crew, has announced that Myles Rowe will be their driver for 2021.
While you may not have heard of Myles until today, the young driver has put a lot of time into his craft. He started karting at 12 years old and then switched to open-wheel cars at 16, after a stint at Skip Barber Racing School.
While watching Rowe perform during a USF2000 test last summer Power saw Rowe’s potential “It was really hot and he was out there by himself; but if you look at the video and his lines, he was doing really good. Everyone was impressed; he didn’t put a wheel wrong all day.” Power said in an interview with Racer Magazine.
His performance also impressed Force Indy and was a major contributing factor in to why they signed the young African-American driver from Georgia.
“We vetted many deserving young men and women and chose Myles based on his ability and performance, inside and outside of the cockpit,” said Force Indy Team Principal Rod Reid. “He understands Force Indy’s mission of building a diverse team of talented individuals. He’s a great fit for the team.”
Obviously Myles is pretty excited to join the team as well. “It’s a blessing for sure. I didn’t expect to get started in open-wheel in this way. It’s definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I’m very grateful for it,” said Rowe. “I’ve been working hard for this moment; with all of the practice I’ve put in since I was 12 years old. So, when the opportunity came forth it was a relief honestly.”
Myles is set to make his debut racing for Force Indy this April at Barber Motorsports Park.
On a personal note, when I was younger I dreamed of something like this happening to me. While my life’s path didn’t quite go that route, I am super happy for Myles and proud of him and the Force Indy team for taking on the mission of bringing more diversity to motorsports.
I can’t wait to watch his first USF2000 race in April. Good luck Myles!