NASCAR competitors show empathy for France; ready to move forward

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He was replaced by his uncle, Jim France, 73, who is the younger son of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr.

Another big name, Felix Sabates, part owner of Chip Ganassi Racing, told the AP, "We need to find it in our hearts to forgive Brian for his mistakes". He knows the ins and outs of what's going on to this very minute in this sport, has been around this sport a long time, and that's what you need, that racing perspective of just making sure we stick with the roots of what made NASCAR racing what it is.

Everything here is headline material but perhaps the most serious of all, although the impact will really be felt in the U.S., is the Brian France story. Add in the fact that he was also caught in possession of oxycodone hydrochloride, which is a criminal offence, and it's a disaster, not just for France personally, but for the France family and NASCAR altogether.

Busch has won six Cup races this season and is a series champion. The legal limit for driving in NY is 0.08. "I get invited into some very intense meetings with them at times, and am very confident that those guys can take the reins and do a great job".

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.

He was arrested and then charged with three misdemeanors, including driving while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance (five Oxycodone pills). "He is a very simple person".

The impact the arrest had on NASCAR, which has been in desperate need of positive news, was immediate.

A day after the shake-up, few seemed concerned about the direction of NASCAR with Brian France sidelined. But many believe Jim France, the second son of NASCAR's founder, can be a steadying hand in trying times for the series.

France spent Sunday night in jail.

Bruton Smith, chairman of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., which owns eight race tracks which host major NASCAR events, issued a statement after getting the news of France's arrest.

The sport was booming in popularity when Brian France replaced his father in 2003, and although many of his initiatives were progressive and needed in some form, staunch fans have vehemently rejected his vision.

He's introduced a playoff system, overhauled the design of its cars and pushed for diversity within the circuit's predominantly white, male ranks. A request by The Associated Press to speak to Jim France was not immediately answered.

"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 that this is something that doesn't happen again".

"With that said, I'm very confident in the people that NASCAR has in the industry". He has yet to address a May report that NASCAR is either for sale or the France family is looking to take on investors, but he called SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on July 25 and called talk of a sale "rumors". There's nothing to report on that. "Rumors are always interesting, but they're seldom right". Jim France runs IMSA and was the top supporter in the purchase of ARCA.

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