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NXG Youth Motorsports (NXG) exists to motivate and prepare youth, especially minorities from underrepresented communities, to be conscientious drivers behind the wheel and in their lives.

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NXG (Nexgeneracers) exists to motivate and prepare youth, especially those from under-represented communities, to be conscientious drivers of their lives.

About NXG

NXG Youth Motorsports, Inc. (NXG) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization focused on motorsports education. NXG is an experiential learning initiative that uses performance driving as a tool for S.T.E.M. application and life skill development. A major aspect of NXG is to promote increased African American participation, inclusion, and decreased disparity in auto racing—an industry economically significant to many urban communities across the U.S. including Detroit and Indianapolis. NXG exposes underserved youth to career options that are often difficult to imagine due to the lack of access and high cost associated with elite sporting communities.

Board of Directors

Board Member Harry Alston

Harry Alston, Jr., Ph.D.
VP of Strategic Planning & Development
Safer Foundation
Chicago, IL

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Tracy Barnes
Chief Information Officer
State of Indiana
Indianapolis, IN

Board Member Rodney Reid

Rodney Reid

President and Executive Director

NXG Youth Motorsports, Inc.

Indianapolis, IN

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Lauren George Sparkman

Founder & Head of Ventures

Sparkland Studios

Indianapolis, IN

Board Member Chenel Darby

Chenel Darby
Program Supervisor
Richard Fairbanks School of Public Health
Crawfordsville, IN

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Joseph S. Straka

President & CEO

Priority Group

Indianapolis, IN

Board Member Judith Thomas

Judith Thomas
Deputy Mayor
City of Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN

Board Member Reggie Henderson

Reggie Henderson
Telamon Enterprise Ventures
Carmel, IN

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Founding Story

The idea of Nexgeneracers and subsequent development of NXG Youth Motorsports, was born out of several years of collaboration between Charles Wilson (left) and Rodney (Rod) Reid (right). Their relationship began in 1979 with open-wheel racing and showcasing high-performance vehicles on the west coast. Charles, a mechanic and driver, and Rod, a designer and team manager, contested their Formula Ford and Formula SuperVee teams throughout the 1980’s.

Their dream of building a Black-led effort to impact the racing world led to the founding of NXG in the fall of 2006. From the start of their friendship to the founding of NXG, Charles & Rod shared a strong desire to enrich the lives of young people.

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