NASCAR CEO on Leave of Absence After DWI Charge

Brian France, NASCAR’s CEO, was pulled over after failing to stop at a stop sign on Sunday evening in New York. The 56-year-old executive was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. His blood alcohol level was 0.18. New York’s legal limit is 0.08.

NASCAR announced in a news released that France will be taking an “indefinite” leave of absence and that Jim France, Brian’s uncle, has taken the role of interim CEO and chairman.

Brian France has been CEO of NASCAR since 2003. His grandfather, Bill France Sr, founded the racing league in 1947.