Nashville, popularly known as the Music City, has a proud history of producing motorsports leaders — both on and off the track. Many have gained their experience at Nashville’s own Fairgrounds Speedway. Graduates include Nextel Cup Track Presidents Eddie Gossage and Ed Clark, and drivers Marty Robbins, Darrell Waltrip, Coo Coo Marlin, Sterling Marlin, Bobby Hamilton Sr., Bobby Hamilton Jr., Jeff Green and his brothers, Casey Atwood, Chad Chaffin and most recently, Willie Allen.
Unlike other sports, motorsports does not require great physical strength, speed or size of its athletes. What motorsports does require is access to a race car. Even at the lowest levels of motorsports, such as Go Kart Racing, the purchase of a Go Kart and the costs to maintain it are out of the reach of many families. The Motorsports Institute will provide young people access and a bridge to the world of motorsports.
What motorsports also provides are life skills and success training that are valuable to any career pursuit. Our goal is that through nurturing talent and aspiration, we can help someone become impassioned about something. Witness the current success of Joe Gibbs, who after years of a professional football career has found new life and enthusiasm in motorsports. The Motorsports Institute will provide young people with access to the wide-eyed world of exciting new career options and the opportunity to explore new territory.
MaryAnne Howland, President & CEO, Ibis Communications
Current Board of Advisors:
Jim Ed Norman, Chair Emeritus
Erica Hill, MSI-LA Program Director