Jensen Ames is the protagonist of Death Race. He was a ex-race car driver and a steel worker who was framed for his wife's murder. Ames is sent to Terminal Island. He is told by Claire Hennessey, the prison's warden, that the Aryan gang will kill him withouther help and she knows about Ames' baby daughter in foster care. Thus, he is presuaded by her to become the new driver of the legendary Frankenstein's car, a fifth generation Mustang GT dubbed "Monster".