NASCAR Drivers Respond To CEO Arrest And Resignation

Rex Christensen
August 10, 2018

Brian France, the boss of NASCAR is arrested and immediately steps down from his position of CEO for an indefinite leave of absence, Force India F1 goes into administration and then comes out again, rescued by a consortium lead by Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll whose son Lance drives for Williams, while the Williams team itself, which has long prided itself on being independent and doing all its own engineering will be using a Mercedes gearbox with rumours circulating, which are strongly denied, that it could become its B-team.

France was pulled over and arrested at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

They say officers saw indications France was intoxicated and found the pills during a subsequent search. He was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court September 14. His uncle, Jim France, has assumed the role of NASCAR's interim chairman.

"Obviously it's disappointing news, no way around that", Dale Earnhardt Jr. said on his podcast, the Dale Jr. I'm sure that Brian is disappointed in himself. Regardless of his role in NASCAR going forward, it's important that he's healthy and that he takes care of himself. "So I'm wishing that on him". NASCAR said in a statement that it takes France's arrest "as a serious matter and will issue a statement after we have all of the facts".

"At this point in time, NASCAR needs friends and people that will help", Smith told the AP. "I like Brian OK and it's a rotten shame he did this, but people sometimes do things that they shouldn't do".

"We've got to look to our sport's future, what we can change and what we can do next", Busch said.

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"I haven't ever had any issues with Jim", Elliott said. "Brian's been our leader for a long time. It's time for change".

Harvick admitted he hasn't had much contact with Jim France in the past, but appreciates his racing background. "I apologize to our fans, our industry and my family for the impact of my actions last night", France said in a statement.

Brian France took charge during a time the sport was booming in popularity and sponsors were beating down the door to get their logos on a race vehicle. So neither said anything as of Tuesday, and the attention instead was steered back toward Elliott.

Elsewhere, the British Touring Car Championship has bowed to the inevitable and will be introducing hybrids into the series in 2022 and Mazda in the USA has pulled the plug on its longstanding Road to Indy programme. Chief Operating Officer Steve Phelps and executive vice president Steve O'Donnell have tried to clean up NASCAR's mess, but they have been handcuffed like many NASCAR executives by an absence of leadership at the very top.

It's good to have a racer. "It's not like he's hands-off". 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. And he's been around and knows how that went. "That's the most important thing. I feel incredibly optimistic about being able to move forward and beyond (Monday)".

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