NASCAR chairman taking leave of absence after DWI, oxycodone possession arrest

Brian France

Officers said a traffic stop followed and they discovered France was intoxicated. TMZ Sports reports France's blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit of 0.08.

France was held overnight and arraigned Monday morning before being released on his own recognizance, according to police.

In response to a request for comment, NASCAR Managing Director of Communications Jon Schwartz issued the following statement via email on Monday: "We are aware of an incident that occurred last night and are in the process of gathering information". "Effective immediately, I will be taking an indefinite leave of absence from my position to focus on my personal affairs".

NASCAR was founded in 1947 by Bill France Sr.

NASCAR CEO and Chairman Brian Z. France will take an indefinite leave of absence following his arrest.

Jim France, Brian France's uncle, now serves as chairman of International Speedway Corp., which owns Daytona International Speedway and other tracks.

"Upon search of his person, due to a lawful arrest, Mr. France was in possession of Oxycodone pills".

TMZ was the first to report France's arrest.

France, 55, has served as CEO of America's most popular racing circuit since 2003.

NASCAR provided the following statement on the arrest.

Under NASCAR's substance abuse policy, Brian France could be suspended and required to go through a recovery program, or he could be subjected to drug testing.

Police say the 56-year-old France was stopped after his 2017 Lexus blew through at a stop sign.

She said she also watched as France "fell over his own feet" as he got out of his auto.

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