The North Carolina Motorsports Foundation (NCMF) is a 501(c)3 founded with the mission to support the racing industry in North Carolina through educational initiatives.

Chief among these initiatives is the granting of scholarships for individuals seeking a career in the racing industry. Annual awards are provided to qualified and deserving individuals from a broad range of disciplines and educational institutions.

Funding for the Foundation awards is achieved through a variety of methods inclusive of grants, donations, fundraising and the receipt of a portion of proceeds from the sale of North Carolina’s race-themed automobile license plates.

The chosen mission of education initiatives by NCMF was developed from desire to support racing and the enormous economic impact motorsports provides for the state of North Carolina. In a study produced by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and NCMF’s sister organization, the North Carolina Motorsports Association, it was discovered that the racing industry contributes $6.2 billion annually to the economy of North Carolina.

It logically follows that maintenance of a healthy racing industry is integral to the economic health of the state. Part of keeping it healthy is assuring the industry continues to develop a qualified workforce.

To help facilitate this, the NCMF provides annual scholarships to deserving students seeking careers in the motorsports industry. Scholarships are awarded in two categories; the Sam Belnavis Scholarship Program named for NCMF Chairman Emeritus, a pioneer in the diversity effort in NASCAR, as well as NCMF General Scholarship Fund. Scholarships are awarded in a broad representation of disciplines including technical, administrative, engineering and many other disciplines.

The Foundation is governed by a 16-member Board of Directors and administered by an executive director. Individuals on the Board of Directors are comprised of industry leaders with substantial industry background and are imminently qualified to steer the Foundation in the fulfillment of its mission.

Virtually every industry facet is represented by the NCMF Board including education institutions, banking, law firms, race teams, high performance manufacturing, race tracks, NASCAR, specialized research & development and more.

Moving forward, NCMF is set on a course to achieve and expand its mission by supporting the racing industry in North Carolina through educational initiatives.


NCMF Board

Board of Directors

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Winston Kelley

NASCAR Hall of Fame

Vice Chairman

Ian Prince
Roush Fenway Racing

Brad Bostick
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A

Sam Belnavis


Marjorie Benbow

Moretz Law Group

John Dodson
NASCAR Technical Institute

Steve Earwood
Rockingham Dragway

Lauri Eberhart
 Apollo Sports and Entertainment Law Group

Matt Efird
Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson

Todd English
Roush Yates Engines

Greg Fornelli
SRI Performance

Stock Car Steel And Aluminum, Inc.

Gray Garrison
Bowman Gray Stadium

Tom Grady

Hartsell & Williams, P.A.

Jim Hannigan
Richard Petty Motorsports

John Hondros
Suntrust Banks, Inc.

Chris Kouri

Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Scott Lampe
Hendrick Motorsports

David Morton
Fifth Third Bank

Andy Papathanassiou
Hendrick Motorsports

Karen Ray
BSCI Impact Systems

Patrick Rogers

Wendy Stallings
Tysinger Promotions

Greg Walter

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Pat Wood

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College