NASCAR CEO Brian France taking ‘indefinite leave of absence’ after arrest

Grant SmithAug 07, 2018

NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France is taking an indefinite leave of absence, the company said, after he was arrested and charged with DWI and criminal possession of oxycodone.

France failed a field-sobriety test, posting a blood alcohol level of almost twice the legal limit, according to TMZ. He was taken to Sag Harbor Village Justice Court where he was held overnight and release Monday morning after his arraignment.

TMZ said it got a statement from NASCAR on the incident, saying it was aware of it, gathering facts and that it "take [s] this as a serious matter".

In a statement released by NASCAR, Brian France says he'll be taking an indefinite leave of absence. There, he was found to be driving under the influence and in possession of oxycodone, a seventh-degree controlled substance. Reuters reported in May that the France family was in preliminary negotiations about the potential sale of their stake. According to a Sag Harbor, New York, police report, he was pulled over after he didn't stop at a stop sign.

France, who has been NASCAR chairman and CEO since 2003, could potentially be suspended and required to go through a recovery program or undergo drug testing per NASCAR's rules. His older sister, Lesa France Kennedy, is the CEO of International Speedway Corporation, which operates and manages racetracks.

Brian France has stepped down as chairman and chief executive officer of NASCAR.

Officials with NASCAR have yet to comment publicly on his arrest. France told police that he was drinking soda at the time and "bumped into something".

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