NASCAR community offers best for Brian France; confident in Jim France

Paola Ditto
Agosto 12, 2018

Brian's uncle Jim France who is the executive vice president and vice chairman at NASCAR will be promoted to interim Chairman and CEO.

"We need to find it in our hearts to forgive Brian for his mistakes", Sabates said. That's what you need is that racing perspective of just making sure we stick with the roots of what made NASCAR racing what it is, and he's been around it and know how that went. There is a side of Brian most people don't see. Chase Elliott, a future star of the series, won his first career Cup race in a dramatic finish on the road course, and NASCAR finally had some buzz to celebrate this week.

Police said at the time he was pulled over France struggled to keep his balance during field sobriety tests, his eyes were red and glassy, and tests showed his blood-alcohol content was almost twice New York's legal limit. He is fun to be with, he knows as many amusing jokes as his Daddy, he's very charitable.

Jim France, uncle to Brian France, has assumed the interim titles of Chairman and CEO and is assisted by Lesa France Kennedy, Brian's sister. "He is a very simple person".

Police said he was in possession of oxycodone pills. The arrest comes at a time NASCAR is desperately trying to stop a slide in popularity. He was greeted by several hundred supporters Sunday night when his plane landed in Georgia, which he touched on during a national conference call conducted by NASCAR.

France has taken a leave absence as chairman and CEO of NASCAR following his Sunday night arrest on charges of driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of oxycodone.

During a teleconference after his win Elliot said remained positive stating that he expects Jim France will do his job well and that nothing will personally change for him as he was going to concentrate on his racing and nothing else. He's had a better relationship with France's son, Brian, who replaced his father in 2003.

Because NASCAR is privately owned and run in large part by Brian France, Jim France and Lesa France Kennedy, there is no clear indication of how hands-on Brian France was or what kind of void his absence will create.

He's introduced a playoff system, overhauled the design of its cars and pushed for diversity within the circuit's predominantly white, male ranks.

"The one thing that I hope is that Brian gets in front of the people that he needs to get in front of and gets the assistance and help that he needs to make sure that this is something that doesn't happen again".

"I'm very confident the people that NASCAR has in the industry - I know all of them very, very well", he said. He has yet to address a May report that NASCAR is either for sale or the France family is looking to take on investors, but he called SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on July 25 and called talk of a sale "rumors". "We're focused on ruling and managing NASCAR. Rumors are always interesting, but they're seldom right". "Brian's been our leader for a long time". Although many of Brian France's initiatives were progressive and needed in some form, staunch fans have vehemently rejected his vision.

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