DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Gary Crotty, NASCAR Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Counsel, has been elected by the FIA General Assembly as one of 36 judges to serve on the FIA Courts. A member of the NASCAR Board of Directors, Crotty is the first NASCAR representative to serve in this capacity. Crotty’s term, which began on Jan. 1 runs through Dec. 31, 2025.
“It is an honor to be recognized and named to this prestigious post,” said Crotty. “I thank the members of the FIA General Assembly for placing its faith in me, and look forward to serving. It is one of the true highlights of my career.”
As a FIA judge, Crotty may be appointed to sit on the FIA International Tribunal or Int’l Court of Appeal. The Int’l Tribunal is the first instance level of jurisdiction of the FIA and can hear disciplinary matters brought before it by the FIA President. The FIA Int’l Court of Appeal is the appeal level of jurisdiction of the FIA and hears appeals of decisions taken by various sporting and disciplinary bodies, such as stewards or the FIA Int’l Tribunal. The FIA Int’l Tribunal and Int’l Court of Appeal act independently from the other FIA bodies and the FIA Members.
“Gary Crotty is an outstanding choice for this distinguished position,” said Jim France, NASCAR Chairman and CEO. “Gary has served NASCAR with passion and care for more than two decades, and has a well-deserved reputation as a strong voice for fairness and process. We thank the FIA General Assembly for recognizing Gary, and by extension, NASCAR. They have chosen the right person for this honor.”
Crotty joined NASCAR as Secretary and General Counsel in 1996 and was named to the Board of Directors in 2006. He oversees the company’s legal department located in the corporate headquarters in Daytona Beach, Fla. Crotty received his undergraduate degree from Duke University in 1985 and his law degree from the University of Florida in 1988. Upon graduating from Florida, he entered private practice specializing in general and commercial law. From 1990-91, he attended New York University, receiving a Master’s Degree in taxation law.
“I have worked alongside Gary Crotty for more than 20 years, and know him to be an honest and steadfast leader,” said George Silbermann, President of the Automobile Competition Committee for the United States, the National Sporting Authority of the FIA for the US. “Gary will use his decades of experience and vast breadth of knowledge in this role. He is fair, thoughtful and possesses a strong passion and knowledge for motorsports.”