American motorsports celebrated the victory of a 21-year-old boy named Myles rowe. The triumph was achieved in the promotional category USF2000 And the reason for the celebration is that Rowe, a native of New York, is the first black driver to win in a category mentored by IndyCar.
Rowe prevailed in the second of the three races of the New Jersey Grand Prix after an epic final lap in which he defeated the Brazilian Kiko Porto. “When I was reaching the finish line I had to radio my engineer and ask him if he was in first place. I knew I was coming second and fighting for my first win, but I just didn't believe it. ", assured the rookie.
Myles' success is critically important to IndyCar, which in 2020 decided to shape a diversity initiative called Race for Equality & Change. As part of this project the team was created Force Indy Race Team, whose main objective is to take a black pilot to the Indianapolis 500.
This team has the backing of Roger Penske, owner of the series; and has the former African-American pilot as the maximum responsible Rod reid, which came close to competing in the 500 Indy 1988.
With his first victory, Rowe validated the support of the winner of the New Zealander Will Power, a 2018 Indy winner, who highlighted his ability since he raced him in go-karts a few years ago.
Rowe's success, moreover, occurred on the centenary of the birth of Wendell scott, the only black driver to win in NASCAR.
HISTORY.@mylesroweracing became the first Black driver to win an @indycar-sanctioned event, when the @ forceindy99 pilot made a last-lap pass in the wet to win the @ USF2000 race in New Jersey. pic.twitter.com/YSJ4JiWQYp
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