NASCAR chairman France takes leave of absence

NASCAR drivers react to leadership change			Image by Getty Images for NASCAR

"I apologize to our fans, our industry and my family for the impact of my actions last night", he said.

NASCAR star Kyle Busch is hoping the series can quickly move past the arrest of Chairman Brian France.

While France is on his leave of absence, his uncle, Jim France, will serve as "interim chairman and chief executive officer".

ESPN's Bob Pockrass, citing a news release from the Sag Harbor Village Police Department, reported that France was held overnight, arraigned at Sag Harbor Village Justice Court on Monday morning, and released on his own recognizance.

France faces charges of aggravated driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree.

Hendrick Motorsports driver Chase Elliott, in a teleconference talking about his win Sunday at Watkins Glen, said he has confidence in Jim France. Jim France is the son of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. He appeared intoxicated and when police searched him they found oxycodone on him.

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France has been running NASCAR since 2003, and several drivers have complained that France shows little interest in the sport, doesn't attend the races and sold all of his personal stake in NASCAR.

An official statement from Nascar said: 'Brian France has taken an indefinite leave of absence from Nascar as chairman and chief executive officer. NASCAR has been losing fans and television viewership and a recent change in the racing format hasn't helped bring fans back.

Police said at the time he was pulled over France struggled to keep his balance during field sobriety tests, his eyes were red and glassy, and tests showed his blood-alcohol content was almost twice New York's legal limit. "We're focused on ruling and managing NASCAR". The legal limit in NY is 0.08.

Brian France introduced a playoff system, overhauled the design of the series' cars and pushed for diversity within the circuit's predominantly white, male ranks. The next day, hours after his release, France announced in a statement that he was stepping down as the organization's CEO.

"First of all, the France family has guided us for years, and I met with Jim France himself recently", Gibbs told ESPN. Officers pulled France over and deemed that he was driving the vehicle while intoxicated.

'The France family is locked and loaded in its dedication to NASCAR, ' France on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. "Rumors are always interesting, but they're seldom right".

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