Della Penna Foundation, in Partnership With NXG Youth Motorsports, Awards Inaugural 2024 Grand Prix Karting Scholarships


Aubre Walker, a sophomore honors student at Anderson High School, aspires to be a mechanical engineer and has nurtured her racing dream since second grade. “I’m excited to bring all the girl power to this racing season!” Walker said. Jordyn Cummings, also a sophomore at Anderson High School, is the first karting scholar to successfully complete the NXG Youth Motorsports Development Program. “It’s a dream come true,” said Cummings. “I can’t wait to start competing!”

Founded in 2021 by Michelle Della Penna, the Della Penna Foundation stands as a unique force, actively engaging girls in motorsports before potential disengagement from STEM or sports interests. Della Penna expressed her excitement about the partnership with Coach Reid and the NXG Youth Motorsports Organization, emphasizing the Foundation’s goal to provide girls with karting scholarships, allowing them to explore the various opportunities within motorsports.

Rod Reid, businessman and Force Indy team owner, applauded the collaboration between NXG Youth Motorsports and the Della Penna Foundation, highlighting the focus on STEM-related careers for young women. Jordyn Cummings, inspired by the Development Program, returns for the Grand Prix racing season, thanks to the Della Penna Grand Prix Scholarships. Reid envisions expanding this impactful collaboration in 2024 and beyond, offering opportunities for young women like Jordyn and Aubre to pursue their dreams while gaining valuable life skills through go-kart racing.

The Della Penna Foundation is actively raising funds for a three-day program in May, inviting 20 high school girls from the Indianapolis metropolitan area to explore motorsports opportunities firsthand. This program, led by women actively involved in the sport, aims to inspire and inform the next generation. To learn more, donate, or sponsor, visit or contact Susan Lucas-Conwell.


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