NASCAR CEO Brian France charged with DUI

Gladys Abbott
August 7, 2018

France was arraigned Monday Morning at Sag Harbor Village Justice Court and was released on his own recognizance.

In a statement to ESPN, the auto racing company said it is aware of the situation and is gathering more information. His grandfather, Bill France Sr., founded NASCAR in 1948.

France, who turned 56 last Thursday, has served as NASCAR CEO since 2003.

According to Associated Press, police say France's blood-alcohol content level was more than twice the legal limit at the time of his arrest. Jim France's permanent role is as NASCAR's Vice Chairman. While France is a Long Island resident in the summer, he was not at the track in upstate NY prior to his arrest. He said in a statement that his indefinite leave will be used to focus on his "personal affairs". Officers saw indications of intoxication and found the pills during a subsequent search, police said.

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He was given a field sobriety test and failed, and was then taken to a police station where he was officially charged with DUI and possession of a controlled substance.

Though France has served as CEO for almost 15 years, The Wall Street Journal reported in 2017 that France sold his entire stake in NASCAR more than a decade ago and "essentially works for his sister and uncle (Jim)", who hold significant stakes.

TMZ first reported the story.

He's introduced a playoff system, overhauled the design of its cars, and pushed for diversity within the circuit's predominantly white, male ranks. He told authorities the accident happened because he was drinking soda and "bumped into something". She also said France hit a parked auto before crashing into the tree, and "fell over his own feet" after exiting the vehicle.

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