Read news stories about MSI activites via these links and downloadable files:

“The Excitement of the Track Inspires Students,”
Racing Toward Diversity Magazine

“Read to Race Program Gears Black Students Toward Motor Sports,”
Tennessee Tribune

The Motorsports Institute is headquartered at 1024 Seventeenth Avenue South in Nashville, Tennessee. MSI was launched in Nashville in August 2007 at Isaac Litton Middle School with Read to Race on Mayor's First Day.

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
Joe Mattioli, President Emeritus, Pocono Raceway
William McInnes, Managing Director, Caroland McInnes & Co; former CFO HCA
Jim Ed Norman, former President, Warner Records Nashville

Current Board of Advisors:

Jim Ed Norman, Chair Emeritus
Howard Gentry, Board Co-Chair, former Vice Mayor of Nashville
MaryAnne Howland, President and Board Co-Chair
Joe Mattioli, Vice President and Board Vice Chair
Esther Bailey-Bass, Program Secretary
William McInnes, Treasurer
Scott Borchetta, President, Big Machine Records
Don Light, Don Light Talent
Jeff Diamond, former President, Titans
Marcus Jadotte, Managing Director of Public Affairs, NASCAR Diversity
Larry Woody, International Hall of Fame Motorsports Journalist

Pit Crew:

Erica Hill, MSI-LA Program Director
Gary Neal, Fairgrounds Raceway
Jody Mckenzie


Motorsports Institute
1024 17th Avenue S.
Nashville, TN 37212



mhowland@ motorsportsinstitute.org