Pro Mod Challenge: Danny Rowe spotlight

Danny Rowe chasing win at Vegas but thoughts on 2004. LAS VEGAS (October 24, 2003) - With a John Scialpi-built chassis and supercharged engine, Pro Mod driver Danny Rowe would like nothing more than to end the 2003 NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod...

Danny Rowe chasing win at Vegas but thoughts on 2004.

LAS VEGAS (October 24, 2003) - With a John Scialpi-built chassis and supercharged engine, Pro Mod driver Danny Rowe would like nothing more than to end the 2003 NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge season with a win at this weekend's NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals but his thoughts are now turning toward being competitive for 2004.

"The way we've looked at this whole season, just simply because we haven't had the performance that we've needed to be competitive, is that we are trying to reinvent ourselves in regards to trying to move our program forward," said Rowe.

"Going into Vegas, being the last race of the season, we want to be competitive and are very excited about our chances there. Every race we feel we are one step closer to where we need to be and we think we're moving in the right direction. Las Vegas is no different. We are going there with the intention of winning.

"We're hoping that between with what's going on with Vegas and testing over the winter that we're going to be able to come back in 2004 and be ultra competitive. That's what we want. We're in this to win, not to be a spectator.

Rowe, a vice-president for a California-based import company, spent his formative years in Canada but now calls Luguna Hills, Calif. home. After racing on the local Canadian drag strips as a youth, the 42-year-old Rowe didn't rekindle his love for drag racing until later in life.

"I got into business very early...I was always an ambitious kid. I put a lot of time and effort into my business. Then when I got to the point that I could afford to do it (go racing) and do it on a competitive level is when I decided to get involved. We put business in front of everything and worked hard. Then when we were financially in a position to go racing competitively is when my family and I made a decision to race," recounted Rowe.

Rowe started approximately eight years ago with a '69 Camaro running street classes, mainly on the West Coast. Finding that it was costly to keep up with all the rule changes mandated by the association, he made a decision five years ago to go Pro Mod racing.

Again starting out on the West Coast, Rowe joined the West Coast Pro Modified Association. The first year he was "Rookie of the Year". This was followed the next year with a point championship. Then in 2001, while waiting for a new '38 Chevrolet Pro Mod car to be built, Rowe raced the final two races of the newly formed NHRA Pro Mod exhibition class. He won the very first race he entered at St. Louis and was runner-up at Indy.

"My Pro Mod racing career has come full circle," reflected Rowe. When we started out in Pro Mod we were Rookie of the Year and point champion in the first two seasons. Then we were in the final round of the first two NHRA races we entered. Things came very quickly and very easy to us for whatever reason - be it luck or whatever. It was like everything had fell right into place.

"In 2002 we didn't run much and this year I've had my hat handed to me in a bag, so to speak. We were very fortunate when we first started and had a lot of good things go our way. Now we are paying our dues. We've had a lot of things happen this year. They're minor but frustrating and to be competitive on the AMS Pro Mod Challenge circuit you have to be firing on all eight cylinders. You can't miss a beat or you won't race on Sunday.

"I'm a firm believer in paying your dues, but the way things have gone this season I think I've way over paid. We're not looking for excuses. We've got to keep working hard at this thing until we get it right. My team and I are dedicated to putting in the time to get it right. We need to do our job.

Privately funded, with assistance from Red Line Oil, Rowe has won in the past and he will continue to win in the future.

"Red Line Oil has always been behind us and we appreciate their support. Also, I couldn't do what I do without the support of my wife and family. We'll be back next season stronger than ever," concluded Rowe.

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