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Nascar CEO Brian France takes leave of absence after DUI arrest

10 August, 2018, 09:40 | Author: Tommie Newton
  • NASCAR chief Brian France takes ‘indefinite leave’ after DUI & drug arrest

NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France is taking an indefinite leave of absence after being arrested in the upmarket Hamptons region of NY on charges of drunken driving and criminal possession of oxycodone. The arrest comes at a time NASCAR is desperately trying to stop a slide in popularity. Regardless of his role in NASCAR going forward, it's important that he's healthy and that he takes care of himself.

"We've got to look to our sport's future, what we can change and what we can do next", said Kyle Busch. "Brian's been our leader for a long time".

Denny Hamlin, attending Washington Redskins training camp, told reporters Tuesday: "Lesa (France Kennedy) and Jim are going to do a great job".

Busch has won six Cup races this season and is a series champion.

France, 56, has been chairman and CEO of the family-run league since 2003.

Police said France blew through a stop sign, had a blood-alcohol content more than twice the legal limit, smelled of booze and slurred his words during his arrest in Sag Harbor. Smith told The Associated Press that it's imperative for participants to support the series.

"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 this is something that doesn't happen again. It's a great sport and we go forward and we all should be very protective of it and be willing to lend a helping hand".

Smith was a longtime NASCAR adversary during Bill France Jr.'s 31-year reign as chairman.

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If the rest of the France family is taking charge, the message needs to be delivered publicly, said Ramsey Poston, who spent more than 10 years as a communications executive for NASCAR. Nobody knows. Brian France has been so inapproachable the last several years, few even know what he does.

ESPN's Bob Pockrass, citing a news release from the Sag Harbor Village Police Department, reported that France was held overnight, arraigned at Sag Harbor Village Justice Court on Monday morning, and released on his own recognizance.

"I think NASCAR, owners and drivers need to get on the same page to reverse the trend, and everyone has to share in the responsibility", Sabates said, arguing Brian France deserves a spot in the sport when he decides to return.

"The France family, their leadership, has taken the sport and given us great direction over the years", Gibbs said.

France also initiated NASCAR's substance-abuse policy, which offers a "Road to Recovery" to any member that fails a random test.

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.

France is the grandson of Nascar founder William HG France, while his father, Bill Jr, also served as chief executive of the organisation until stepping down in 2000.

An official statement from Nascar said: 'Brian France has taken an indefinite leave of absence from Nascar as chairman and chief executive officer.

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