About NXG

Our Mission

NXG Youth Motorsports exists as a driving force to motivate and prepare youth, particularly African Americans and other minorities from underrepresented communities, to be conscientious drivers behind the wheel and in their lives.

At NXG, motorsports is:

A tool for life skills
A platform for S.T.E.A.M. learning
An avenue to S.T.E.A.M. careers
Over 18 seasons, the NXG Youth Motorsports Academy and the Grand Prix has accomplished…
youth served
NXG graduates who returned as crew members
of NXG graduates who pursued post-secondary education
Our Staff & Crew
Aaron Oatts
Instructor & Coach
Chrishawn Hall
NXG Crew
Devon Kennedy
NXG Crew
Marcia Zgirta
Executive Administrator
Michael Smith
Diector of Community Engagement
Renee Linville
NXG Instructor
Rod Reid
Founder & President
Scott McDougall
Volunteer Instructor
Our Board of Directors
Rod Reid
Founder & President
NXG Youth Motorsports Inc.
Tracy Barnes
Vice President
Chief Information Officer, State of Indiana
Judith Thomas
Deputy Mayor, City of Indianapolis
Reggie Henderson
Vice President & General Manager, Telemon Enterprise Venture
Lauren George Sparkman
Founder and Head of Ventures, Sparkland Studios
Chenel Darby
Founder, Choice Wellness Company
Harry Alston, Jr., Ph. D.
Vice President of Strategic Planning & Development Safer Foundation
Our Future in Focus

IN DEVELOPMENT: The STEAM Yard: A Hub for Hands-On Learning in Science, Applied Art, & Tech.

The STEAM Yard will be an NXG Youth Motorsports Campus on Indy’s west side. The campus will be a multi-million-dollar investment in the community and a year-round center for utilized for education, training, and competition.

Our Founding Story

Since 1979, Charles Wilson (d. 2011) and Rodney (Rod) Reid united their passion for racing and youth enrichment. Competing in open-wheel racing with Formula Ford and Formula SuperVee teams throughout the 1980s, they shared a dream of fostering Black-led impact in motorsports. In 1991, they conceived “Nexgeneracers,” which evolved into NXG Youth Motorsports, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Today, their commitment has empowered thousands of students, blending racing with life success.