Brian France says he is content to simply inform NASCAR of the shadows if called upon.
The former NASCAR CEO made an impromptu appearance on the official SiriusXM radio channel on Wednesday afternoon and spoke about his tenure at the helm and what has happened in his life since then.
France resigned its post in August 2018 following an arrest by DWI in Sag Harbor in New York, which led his uncle, Jim France, to take charge of the industry. France was arrested for breaking a stop sign. He was also in possession of oxycodone pills at the time of his arrest.
He pleaded guilty to DWI’s charge in June 2019 and accepted community service and alcohol counseling.
“Things are going well,” France said. “Everything is going pretty well in my life, and like everyone else, things happen, and you put your head down and solve challenges. You never want to trip, but it does happen sometimes. It happens, and you get through it. I’m fine. ”
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Since then, France has launched Silver Falcon Capital, Inc., a direct investment firm that intends to design, develop and market its brand growth at a faster rate.
“I work with a lot of entrepreneurs and people who are starting new businesses,” France said. ” It’s funny. It’s what I’ve always loved to do and loved doing it during my years at NASCAR when we were developing NASCAR, building different lines of business and intellectual properties.
“I’m surrounded by a lot of young people with a lot of good ideas and I’m having a good time. I try to help everyone at NASCAR whenever I can. It will always be a special place for me and certainly my family. , then I will do whatever I can to help the industry. ”
France says he has no official role with NASCAR at the moment but continues to monitor the family business. France is the grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr.
He expressed pride in what his uncle Jim has accomplished alongside league president Steve Phelps and vice president and director of race development Steve O’Donnell.
“I think they did really well,” France said. “They have fewer resources than me when I was there, the economy has changed. So some of the resources that we have been able to draw on are probably not readily available. That said, they are also dealing with unprecedented situations with COVID-19 and now a movement of social injustice sweeping the country, one or the other is a big order, and both of those who get together is a lot.
“But I’ll tell you this, no one cares more about the sport of NASCAR than my Uncle Jim. He absolutely has a great approach, and he does a great job of stabilizing things in these times, as do Steve and a lot of other people. who, as I said, have to do more with less in very difficult situations.
“I am very proud of what they do. “
Host Dave Moody asked France about the social movements that have swept the country and sport. Specifically, France spearheaded an attempt to distance itself from the Confederate Flag in 2015 and launched several diversity efforts – including the Driver For Diversity program and the NASCAR Diversity Council.
NASCAR banned the Confederate flag in June and publicly supported the movement and the “black lives matter” pride month during the same period.
“We also have to recognize that people come to watch a NASCAR race and they don’t want to get caught up in one thing or another in things outside of sport no matter which side they are on,” said France.
France is infamous on stage with then-presidential candidate Donald Trump at a campaign rally in 2016 and flew with the president in Air Force One for his visit to Daytona 500 in February.
The 57-year-old says he has no interest in returning to NASCAR, at least not in an official capacity, and believes the sport is better served in shorter stays than long ones overseen by Bill France Sr., Bill France Jr and young France.
“I always said there was a lot of pressure in this situation and I didn’t think it served NASCAR well for someone to have 20 or 30 years of racing like my dad did,” France said. “I think it’s good to have a fresh take on it, and now you’ve got Jim in there stabilizing things with all of his experience.”
“So I don’t see that as a possibility, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t encourage them and help them in every way I can. NASCAR has been great for our family. It was a privilege to be here, and I’m probably like most people, I probably took a lot of that for granted too.
“When you build something and run so fast, especially in the early years, but the kind of people I got to know, hire and work with, that’s the special part of what a good girl looks like. career… It’s ahead.
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