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OCTOBER 1, 2004

Craw to be new US man at the FIA

Nick Craw has been appointed to be the new President of the Automobile Competition Committee for the United States (ACCUS), the organization that links up the US racing scene with the FIA. Dan Cotter, the chairman of ACCUS, said that Craw was one of 12 candidates who were considered for the job. Craw is a graduate of Princeton with an MBA from Harvard Business School. Craw started racing in 1967 with a Brabham BT21 in Formula B and in the early 1970s moved on to Formula Atlantic. He then began a successful career with BMWs in touring car racing in the United States. At the same time he was the director of the Peace Corps.

In the late 1970s his racing career took him into IMSA and he was the GTU Champion in 1977. In June 1983 he was named president and chief executive of the Sports Car Club of America and under his leadership the organization doubled its membership and increased its revenues six-fold. In 1994 he was a leading candidate for the role as chief executive of CART but the job went to Andrew Craig. At the end of 2000 Craw left the SCCA and became the director of US Sailing, the national sporting authority of yachting in the United States.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for me to return to my roots in racing," Craw said. "It gives me the chance to serve the growing motorsports industry in the United States and the participating clubs."