Legal advice for motorsports clients that strategically considers not only legal rights, but also the business of sports and the impact of tactical alternatives on competition and business objectives.
A native of the greater Charlotte, North Carolina area and from a racing family with its roots in NASCAR’s beginnings, including father Jim Vandiver, a 1960s and 70s era NASCAR driver, aunt Lillian (Vandiver) Hoopaugh, the first female to race in any division at the Charlotte Motor Speedway and other family members involved in racing related endeavors across a variety of racing series and divisions, Shannon has always enjoyed providing counsel and advice to those in the motorsports industry.  Shannon's motorsports experience includes having represented racing teams, owners, male and female drivers, executives, employees, team members, sponsors, vendors and support personnel in major NASCAR touring divisions such as the NASCAR Cup Series, the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series as well as in the ARCA Racing Series, The National Hot Rod Association, IndyCar and other local and regional racing series. Shannon aides and assists racing clients with contract drafting, analysis and negotiations, employment disputes, sponsor relations, business disputes and breakups, commercial leasing, rules and other compliance issues and lawsuits.  Shannon regularly attends The Racing Attorneys Conference (“TRAC”) and has been involved with the North Carolina Bar Association’s Sports and Entertainment Law Section for many years, including serving as its Chair. 
The motorsports industry depends on timely deals - negotiating and finalizing each one as promptly and comprehensively as possible, so you can move on to the next. Shannon has experience in structuring, drafting and negotiating a wide range of contracts and agreements by and among teams, team owners, drivers, team members, sponsors and vendors including:
  • Primary and Associate Sponsorship Agreements

  • Driver Agreements
  • Vendor Agreements
  • Corporation and LLC Services for Teams, Team Owners and Drivers
  • Equipment and Engine Leasing and Servicing Agreements
  • Race Shop and Facilities Commercial Leases
  • Trademarks of Stylized Numbers and Other Marks
When disagreements turn into lawsuits, you need someone who knows motorsports and who appreciates that the business of sports means promptly reacting to time sensitive matters including contract violations, morals clause disputes and matters that may attract media attention..Shannon has experience handling motorsports-related lawsuits, including those requesting temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions, related to breaches or terminations of contracts or disputes by and between teams and drivers, sponsors or vendors concerning:
  • Sponsorship Agreements

  • Driver Agreements
  • Vendor Agreements
  • Key Employee, Non-Compete and Confidentiality Agreements
  • Equipment and Engine Leasing and Servicing Agreements
  • Business Breakups
  • Race Shop Commercial Lease Agreements
  • Facilities Rental Agreements
  • Money Owed 

Shannon L. Vandiver, PLLC, 442 South Main Street, Suite 10, Davidson, NC | | 704.253.4737