RRDC member Nick Craw elected FIA Senate President
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DENVER, Colo. (Nov. 3, 2009) - Longtime Road Racing Drivers Club (RRDC) member Nick Craw was named FIA Senate President following an FIA General Assembly secret-ballot election at the FIA annual meeting in Paris on Oct. 23, 2009.

The Senate is the top-ranked body of the FIA, second only to the President, and concerns itself with the overall management and finances of the international governing body.

Craw was one of 23 FIA members in different capacities who were elected by the FIA General Assembly to represent the FIA around the world for four-year terms.

Craw, based in Denver, had been an FIA Senate member while also head of the American Automobile Competition Committee of the U.S. (ACCUS) - an umbrella body representing NASCAR, NHRA, IRL, SCCA, IMSA-ALMS, Grand-Am, USAC and WKA. He had left his position as U.S. SAILING Executive Director in 2004 to concentrate on ACCUS full-time. Previously, he had been President and CEO of SCCA for 17 years.

A Princeton graduate with a Harvard MBA, Craw had been involved with the Project HOPE hospital ship, VISTA and the Peace Corps, and was a sports-car racing driver from 1968-1977, mainly as a factory BMW driver.

He resigned as Peace Corps Director in 1974 in order to race full-time and, as a professional race-car driver, claimed the IMSA Goodrich Radial Challenge Championship twice, in 1973 and 1975.

Craw was invited to join the RRDC because of his outstanding accomplishment of winning the 1973 IMSA championship, and has been a member ever since. He has participated in various RRDC projects over the years, and continues to do so, including providing his professional services as a driving-school instructor at seminars the RRDC has held since it was founded in 1952.

"Being elected President of the Senate of the FIA is, although flattering, more of a recognition of the importance of the American market and its growing weight in the world scheme," said Craw. "One of my missions as ACCUS President is to represent the United States in the international councils. Having members such as NASCAR, IRL, NHRA, IMSA-ALMS, Grand-Am, USAC and SCCA makes the job that much easier.

"Being elected to membership in the RRDC was, and remains, an enormous honor when you consider the company you're in. Wins and championships fade into the past while the RRDC is forever.

"The RRDC is a unique and precious fraternity and one which I look forward to supporting."
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