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Myles Rowe made history by being the first driver of African descent to win an IndyCar championship

At Portland International Raceway in Portland, Oregon, 23-year-old Rowe secured the 2023 Cooper Tires USF PRO 2000 championship by leading the last race by 64 points in the season.

Rowe will move to the INDY NXT by Firestone series in 2024 with this USF Pro 2000 victory.

Throughout the 2023 USF Pro 2000 season, Rowe outperformed all his competitors with five victories, four pole positions, three fastest laps, and seven podium places.

Rowe came within six points of the USF 2000 Series Championship winner last year, finishing in second place.

Myles Rowe, an Atlanta native, has been enthralled with anything racing since he was four. He was the winner of the 2018 Lucas Oil Formula Car Race Series.

Myles Rowe said, “This year was a test to see what I’ve got.” “And fortunately, I succeeded in pulling it off.”

As part of the Race for Equality & Change diversity initiative, Black Indianapolis business leader and team co-owner Rod Reid and Roger Penske, the owner of the most successful racing organization in history, announced the creation of the USF2000 race team at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on December 3, 2020.

At New Jersey Motorsports Park, on August 29, 2021, Rowe became the first Black driver to win a race sanctioned by INDYCAR in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship.

“When I initially had this idea for the Force Indy team, I saw it as a way to provide opportunities for talented Black and Brown people.”

A chance to transform the automotive industry,” said Rod Reid, principal and co-owner of Force Indy Team. “I never thought we would win a championship almost two years before we did.”

In honor of this momentous occasion, Force Indy is concentrating on launching a program that expands possibilities for people of color across the INDYCAR paddock, including as drivers, crew members, and other roles.

Opening as many doors as possible for diverse leadership and representation in the racing industry is the aim of Force Indy.

Force Indy was established as part of Penske Entertainment’s Race for Equality & Change project, which was introduced in July 2020 to bring about significant change in the racing sector.

Force Indy’s homage to Dewey “Rajo Jack” Gatson, the Black racer turned away from the Indianapolis 500 in the 1930s and 1940s, is being carried on with this championship triumph in the #99 car.

In remembrance of the Red-Tailed 99th Squadron of the Tuskegee Airmen, Rowe led the red USFPro2000 car with rear wings to victory.

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Written by Anthony Peters