Brian France is taking an indefinite leave of absence from his position as NASCAR chairman and CEO after his arrest for aggravated driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of a controlled substance.
France was arrested Sunday night in Sag Harbor, New York after failing to stop at a stop sign. When his 2017 Lexus was pulled over it was “determined that Mr. France was operating said vehicle in an intoxicated condition. Upon search of his person due to a lawful arrest Mr. France was in possession of oxycodone pills.”
He was released on his own recognizance at 9:30 a.m. Monday morning after his arraignment in the Harbor Village Justice Court.
In a statement released Monday afternoon, France said “I apologize to our fans, our industry and my family for the impact of my actions last night. Effective immediately, I will be taking an indefinite leave of absence from my position to focus on my personal affairs.”
France has been the NASCAR chairman and CEO since 2003, taking over leadership of the sport from his father, Bill France Jr.
Effective immediately, Jim France — Brian’s uncle — will act as the interim chairman and CEO of NASCAR. Jim France is the NASCAR vice chairman and executive vice president.