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Jim France Takes Over As Interim CEO, Chairman At NASCAR
August 6, 2018
The Vice Chairman and Executive VP will head the stock car organization following the arrest of previous chairman and CEO Brian France for allegedly driving while intoxicated and possessing a controlled substance.
Jim France Takes Over As Interim CEO, Chairman At NASCAR

NASCAR Vice Chairman and Executive VP Jim France has assumed the role of interim chairman and CEO following the arrest of previous chairman and CEO Brian France for allegedly driving while intoxicated and possessing a controlled substance.

A statement from Brian France following his arrest in Sag Harbor, New York, indicated he is “taking an indefinite leave of absence from my position to focus on my personal affairs.”
 
The Sag Harbor Police Department released details in a press release about the Sunday, August 5, arrest, and France's subsequent release Monday morning.

Jim France is the son of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr., and the brother of the past NASCAR CEO Bill France Jr. Jim has been involved in motorsports his entire life, being credited with founding GRAND-AM Road Racing in 1999 and with the merger of the series with the American Le Mans Series, which now operates under the IMSA banner as of 2014.

Jim has also served as a board member for the Automobile Competition Committee of the United States (ACCUS) and served in Vietnam during his active duty with the US Army from 1969-1970. 
 
Brian France was named the CEO of NASCAR in 2003. His father, Bill France Jr., ran the stock car racing organization from 1972 to 2000 after taking over operations from his father—and NASCAR founder—Bill France Sr.
 
(Photo of Jim France in April 2018 courtesy of NASCAR.)