NASCAR CEO arrested for DWI, takes leave of absence

NASCAR CEO Brian Z. France is taking a leave of absence after arrest and drug allegations

Posted: Aug 6, 2018 5:41 PM

NASCAR's CEO faces charges for his need for speed.

Bryan France is taking a leave of absence after he was arrested and charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance. Police say France was pulled over after failing to stop at a stop sign. During the stop, officers found him to be in possession of oxycodone pills and determined he was in an intoxicated condition.

In a statement today, France appologized for the incident.

"I apologize to our fans, our industry and my family for the impact of my actions last night," France said. "Effective immediately, I will be taking an indefinite leave of absence from my position to focus on my personal affairs."

This isn't the first time France got into trouble behind the wheel. In 2006, a police report states he crashed a car into a tree outside a restaurant parking lot in Daytona Beach, Florida.

France is the grandson of NASCAR's founder and was named its chairman of the board and CEO in September 2003.

Jim France, who is NASCAR Vice Chairman, Executive Vice President and Brian France's uncle, has assumed the role of interim chairman and CEO, the organization said.

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