NASCAR CEO Brian France charged with DUI

Brian France has been at NASCAR's helm since 2003

Brian France has been at NASCAR's helm since 2003

NASCAR CEO Brian France was reportedly arrested for DWI and possession of oxycodone approximately two hours after Chase Elliott's win on Sunday.

France was arrested, held overnight and released after he was arraigned on Monday morning, police said.

Details surrounding France's arrest were not released.

France has been the chairman of NASCAR since 2003, following his father Bill France Jr. and grandfather William H.G. France, who started the organization in 1948.

NASCAR's CEO was living life in the fast lane on Sunday night in the Hamptons, police said.

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NASCAR issued a statement Monday saying NASCAR Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President Jim France has assumed the role of interim chairman and chief executive officer. France was administered a field sobriety test by the officers which he failed. "Upon search of his person, due to a lawful arrest, Mr. France was in possession of oxycodone pills".

With that in mind, let's wind the clocks back to 2006, roughly three years after France took over as chairman of NASCAR.

He's introduced a playoff system, overhauled the design of its cars, and pushed for diversity within the circuit's predominantly white, male ranks.

Currently, NASCAR is still privately owned by the France family. "We're focused on ruling and managing NASCAR. Rumors are always interesting, but they're seldom right".

France, also driving a Lexus at the time, crashed into a tree after entering a restaurant parking lot in Daytona Beach, Fla., according to The Associated Press. The Associated Press reported in 2006 that a witness reported that a silver Lexus owned by France was traveling at a "very reckless speed" and the driver "fell over his own feet" while exiting the auto.

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