He set up a crowdfunding page to keep his resurrected career alive, and managed to secure a seat with top USF2000 team Pabst racing – but with only enough money for the first two events of the championship.
Despite his St Petersburg shunt, Rowe has won two of the season’s four races and leads the championship, but the money is about to run out. After this weekend’s event in Indianapolis, he could well be in the extraordinary position of heading the standings, but having no seat in which to continue his campaign – and keep the dream of reaching the Indy 500 alive.
Recalling heading into February’s St Petersburg season-opener, Rowe emphasises the tension he has had to deal with at each race so far.
“The main difficulty was realising, ‘Even if I execute, if things go weird – like they can in racing – I could just lose my whole career,” he says.
“It was less pressure and more just stressful – you know how racing is, it can go any way. Every session is like: “I just need to get through this.’
“It sucks – weekend to weekend, you know your career could be done.”
Drivers are often seen fighting for their career on a race-by-race basis but its rare to see a championship leader with such an uncertain future.
After that misdemeanour with Thomas Nepveu in the first Florida race, Rowe’s Pabst team put in the rapid and painstaking work to rebuild his almost completely destroyed car.