Supporting and Honoring Auto Racing Journalism since 1965

National Motorsports Press Association

Recognizing Motorsports Media in the United States

For more than 55 years, the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) has honored writers, broadcasters and photo journalists from news outlets covering a broad range of motorsports. Originally a NASCAR-centric organization, the NMPA now welcomes members covering the IndyCar Series, IMSA, USAC, ARCA, drag racing, and Supercross, to name a few. The NMPA honors both its own members and motorsports competitors with awards such as the NMPA Most Popular Driver, the NMPA Pocono Spirit Award, the Myers Brothers Award, Joe Littlejohn Award, the Ken Patterson Helping Others Award and the Wood Brothers Award of Excellence.

Press membership in the NMPA is open to writers, broadcasters and photographers who regularly cover auto racing. The organization also welcomes Associate members who are active in the sport in other capacities, such as public relations, track management and sponsorship.

Why Should You Join the NMPA?

Advancing Motorsports Journalism Since 1965

With more than 200 Press and Associate members, the NMPA strives to enhance working conditions and improve access to competitors across a broad range of motorsports. Toward this end, the organization maintains close working relationships with major auto racing sanctioning bodies.

Through annual contests, the NMPA recognizes and publicizes the excellent work of its members, honoring coverage in such categories as race stories, spot news, features and columns. Each year, the NMPA also recognizes one outstanding member in each of the categories of writing, broadcasting and photography.

The NMPA includes in its ranks members from the prominent national outlets that cover motorsports, including FOX Sports, NBC Sports, ESPN, the Motor Racing Network, the Performance Racing Network, SiriusXM Radio in addition to daily newspapers, wire services and prominent websites throughout the United States.

Leaders of the NMPA

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Deb Williams


Deb is in her fourth decade covering motorsports. She currently writes for During her career she has covered auto racing for several outlets including United Press International,, USA Today, The Charlotte Observer, and She also was the editor of NASCAR Winston Cup Scene. She received her journalism degree from East Tennessee State University.

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Alan Cavanna

Vice President

Alan was a champion racer in his youth, but soon turned his talents toward journalism. He’s covered auto racing full-time since 2013 on television, online and in print. Alan graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.

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Justin Schuoler


Justin’s experience dates back to the mid-90s racing motocross. He won a local championship in 1999, and competed in multiple endurance races. His racing experience expanded into karting, officiating, scoring and mechanics. Now, he works as a Senior Editor for Kickin’ the Tires and works with his wife Rachel, a two-time NMPA award-winning motorsports photographer.

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