African American business leader and former team manager Rod Reid has launched Force Indy, a diverse racing team that will compete in the USF2000 open wheel series in 2021 with the aim of bringing the team up the ladder to the NTT IndyCar Series.
The team which has announced a partnership with Team Penske who will mentor members of the new team will bring young African American men and women through the ladder system in every area of the team paying particular attention to drivers.
Speaking at the announcement, Rod Reid commented saying:
“I started a race team in 1984, and I have always had a desire to have a team of talented individuals who look like me in the professional ranks of the sport. “I have been in and around the sport for 40 years, and this is just the culmination of years of hard work. I simply cannot wait to see this race team on the track this spring.
Speaking about the news which is a big part of IndyCar’s Race For Equality and Change Initiative which was launched earlier this year, Chairman of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Roger Penske said:
“When the IMS and INDYCAR acquisition happened a year ago, I was pleased to learn of the work Rod Reid was doing. “To lend our support to an effort like this is a natural. Together, we’ll work to not only get this new team off the ground but continue to support it and its mission as it continues down a path to compete at the top level.”
President of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, J Douglas Boles commented on today’s announcement saying:
Rod is a passionate leader and talented team builder who has demonstrated a fundamental commitment to equality and opportunity in our sport. “IMS has been privileged to be a partner with Rod and NXG for more than a decade, and we know he’ll bring the same commitment and drive for excellence to Force Indy.
Rod Reid went on to say:
“We are fortunate to have Team Penske offer guidance and race-winning experience. “Roger’s experience will be an invaluable resource in creating a successful organization. There’s no better time than now to start a team.”
Speaking to Paddock Eye about the opportunities that Force Indy presents, Rod Reid said:
I think it’s a great opportunity for the sport if they can take a look at our example. This should be like wildfire. I mean, people should go, You know what, we think we really want to take a look at potential talent out there.
I don’t mind if all of a sudden there are three, four, five different organizations that are wanting to come through the Road to Indy that are considering being diverse. I think that would be a home run for us.
For further information on Force Indy visit – https://www.forceindy.com/