September 15, 2003 |
Brian France expected to eventually be the boss at NASCAR. He just didn't know it was going to happen so soon. The scion of the founding France family was named Saturday by his father, Bill France Jr., as his successor in the dual roles of board chairman and chief executive of the auto sanctioning body. In a telephone interview yesterday with the Associated Press, the younger France said he knew he was being groomed for the leadership role but didn't know when he would take over.
August 7, 2005 |
Brian France is not bent on world domination. Not yet, anyway. NASCAR's chief executive officer discussed his sport's future - and several other topics - while holding court with a handful of reporters yesterday in the Nextel Cup Series transporter, parked in the garage area of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Seated in a leather captain's chair in the soundproof cabin, which shut out the sounds of teams preparing their cars for the afternoon qualifying session and the electric fiddle of country band Emerson Drive performing trackside, France painted a rosy picture of where stock-car racing is headed.
March 26, 2005 |
NASCAR chairman Brian France has discussed ownership of an NFL team in Los Angeles with former Lakers star Magic Johnson, USA Today reported yesterday. Johnson, a co-chairman of NASCAR's executive steering committee on diversity, told the newspaper that he and France have met three or four times in Los Angeles, where France has a home. Another meeting is planned in 2 weeks, Johnson said. "It would be wonderful that Brian France would be interested in being a part-owner or owner in the Los Angeles franchise," Johnson was quoted as saying.
June 12, 2008 |
NASCAR chairman Brian France denied yesterday that a former official complained to her supervisors about racial and sexual discrimination, claims she alleged led to her eventual firing. Mauricia Grant filed a $225 million suit against NASCAR on Tuesday, alleging racial discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliatory termination. Grant, who is black, worked as a technical inspector for NASCAR's second-tier Nationwide Series. France said the detailed filing was the first NASCAR learned of her claims.
November 19, 2007 |
To no one's surprise, Brian France yesterday proclaimed 2007 "a very good year" for NASCAR. Sportswriters covering the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway would've short-circuited their laptops if France had said problems were mounting for the stock-car racing series. "We like our position going forward," said France, NASCAR's chairman and CEO. France dismissed speculation that he may soon yield his position. "I am committed to my job for the foreseeable future, and that's years, not months," he said.
February 11, 2010 |
Race-car drivers have opinions. Fans and the media also have opinions. These views aren't always brilliant, but they usually have substance. Sometimes, it seemed NASCAR wasn't listening. Finally, last month, NASCAR listened. Brian France, NASCAR's chairman and CEO, said rules changes would be implemented to put racing back in the drivers' hands. Among the changes are larger restrictor plates in the race cars at Daytona and allowing bump drafting anywhere on the race tracks.
December 17, 1998 |
NASCAR's 50th anniversary coast-to-coast celebration made its final stop in the nation's capital the other night. Between good-natured kidding, "NASCAR Night at the Smithsonian," featuring a panel of top drivers and officials, offered the audience of adoring fans at George Washington University a glimpse of the sport's future. With a gold-colored stock car glistening on the stage at Lisner Auditorium, Jeff Gordon, Richard and Kyle Petty, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ron Hornaday and the Frances, Bill Jr. and Brian, fielded questions covering the Winston Cup schedule, television contracts and diversity.
September 29, 2012
Washington Wizards point guard John Wall called his forthcoming absence because of a left knee injury "a minor setback. " Team president Ernie Grunfeld labeled it "a bump in the road. " Wall is expected to miss the first dozen or so games of the NBA's regular season after the Wizards announced Friday that their best player - the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft - was diagnosed with a stress injury to his left knee. The Wizards said the injury does not require surgery. If rehab goes as expected, Wall will be sidelined for about two months, including the first month of the regular season.
December 13, 2013 |
THE FIVE POWER conferences of college sports want more flexibility in providing financial support to athletes. A major reason they lack that freedom in the first place is other NCAA members have feared widening the wealthiest programs' competitive advantage. Now NCAA president Mark Emmert and the leaders of those behemoth leagues must convince schools with fewer resources that giving them greater autonomy is in the best interest of college athletics. "What's really hard in these kinds of things is for people to vote themselves less political authority," Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany . "They don't do that.
June 13, 2004 |
Brian France took over as chairman of NASCAR in September. He took over from his father, Bill France Jr., who had taken over from his father, Bill France Sr., who started NASCAR on the beaches of Daytona in 1947. You can debate which fact is more remarkable: that NASCAR, the governing body and marketing muscle behind what is now a multibillion-dollar sport, remains 100 percent owned by a single family, or that the succession from father to son to grandson, a rocky transition in most businesses, has worked at all. (Bill Jr. remains on the board.