NASCAR CEO Brian France said today he's taking a leave of absence after he was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of DWI. France was taken to jail for the night and released the following morning after an arraignment. At 9:30 a.m., he was released on his own recognizance.
We're working to gather more information. The Hamptons, including the village of Sag Harbor, is a collection of communities on the eastern end of Long Island that have always been a weekend and summer refuge for New Yorkers.
NASCAR CEO and Chairman Brian Z. France will take an indefinite leave of absence following his arrest.
In a statement earlier Monday, NASCAR said it considered the incident "a serious matter". France has led NASCAR since 2003.
NASCAR's CEO was living life in the fast lane on Sunday night in the Hamptons, police said.
As was previously reported, Brian was pulled over in Sag Harbor, New York, for rolling through a stop sign, and police on the scene felt that he was under the influence.
They say officers saw indications France was intoxicated and found the pills during a subsequent search. Brian and his sister, Lisa Kennedy France, each own 25 percent of the organization while their uncle Jim France, owns the remaining 50 percent of the sport according to The Wall Street Journal.
He's introduced a playoff system, overhauled the design of its cars and pushed for diversity within the circuit's predominantly white, male ranks.
TMZ was the first to report France's arrest. But sagging TV ratings, dwindling attendance and the loss of some key sponsors have weighed on the business in recent years. France told police that he was drinking soda at the time and "bumped into something".