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Nascar CEO France takes leave of absence following arrest

Nascar president Brian France has taken an indefinite leave of absence from the North American stock car-racing series amid reports he was arrested on Sunday for driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

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In a statement yesterday (Monday) evening, Nascar confirmed that Jim France, Brian’s uncle, will serve as interim chairman and chief executive, effective immediately.

The Guardian newspaper reported that France (pictured) was arrested on Sunday night on Long Island, New York and released yesterday morning. A police statement reported by the Guardian read: “Mr France was observed operating a 2017 Lexus northbound on Main Street, failing to stop at a duly posted stop sign.

“Upon traffic stop, 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.”

Police added that France’s blood alcohol levels were more than twice the legal limit.

In a statement issued by Nascar last night, France said: “I apologise 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 served as chairman and chief executive of Nascar since 2003. The series was founded by his grandfather, William H.G. France, and his father, Bill France Jr., led the league before he assumed the role.

Source: Sport Business.  Image: Getty