NASCAR CEO and chairman Brian France was arrested Sunday night and charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of a controlled substance.
France, one of the most powerful people in professional sports, was pulled over in Sag Harbor, NY while driving a 2017 Lexus. Cops say he blew through a stop sign at 7:30 PM.
During the stop, officers conducted a field sobriety test which France failed. His blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. Oxycodone pills were also found during the search.
“Mr. France was observed operating a 2017 Lexus northbound on Main Street failing to stop at a duly posted stop sign,” the news release said. “Upon traffic stop, it was determined that Mr. France was operating said vehicle in an intoxicated condition.”
The France family is racing royalty. Brian’s grandfather founded NASCAR back in 1948 and ran the organization. Brian’s father took over from 1972 to 2000 and Brian has now been the CEO since 2003.
France has now issued a statement apologizing.
“I apologize to our fans, our industry and my family for the impact of my actions [Sunday] night. Effective immediately, I will be taking an indefinite leave of absence from my position to focus on my personal affairs.”
Jim France, Brian’s uncle, has “assumed the role of interim chairman and chief executive officer” until further notice.