NASCAR Names Former FBI Agent as Director of Security

Sept. 22, 2006
Gary Gardner, veteran FBI supervisory special agent, named to lead corporate and event security for racing organization

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR has named Gary L. Gardner, a veteran supervisory special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as its new director of security. Gardner will oversee all aspects of NASCAR's corporate and event security.

Gardner, 58, retired from the FBI in 1999 after 32 years of service. Near the end of his FBI career, Gardner joined the bureau's Criminal Justice Information Services division. During that time, he directed the design and development of a national interactive computer communications capability and information service used exclusively for the law enforcement/criminal justice/public safety community.

Gardner also serves as the first vice president of the Charlotte InfraGard Chapter, a public/private sector organization involved in the protection of our nation's critical infrastructures. He is a decorated U.S. Army Ranger veteran and is a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C., with a degree in Administration of Criminal Justice.