NASCAR has a policy of no tolerance when it comes to alcohol and drugs.
On Sunday evening, August 5, the chairman and CEO of NASCAR Brian France was arrested after failing to heed a stop sign while in The Hamptons. A subsequent stop by the police found to be intoxicated and in the possession of the opiate Oxycodone.
Police state that France’s blood alcohol level was 0.18 – the legal limit is 0.08 in New York. Officers report that France smelled of booze, slurred his words, had red and glassy eyes, and had difficulty in keeping his balance.
France was arraigned in a Sag Harbor New York court on August 6 and released. He must return to court on September 14.
France has since taken a leave of absence from heading the family own corporation where he has been the chairman and CEO since 2003. In a statement, France said that he is taking an indefinite leave to “focus on personal affairs.”
Current NASCAR Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President Jim France will take over the role of chairman and CEO in Brian France’s absence.
Brian France is the grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. who created the organization in 1947.