Brian , Amy France lending helping hands at children's hospital
NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France and his wife Amy visited with patients at Hassenfeld Children's Hospital at NYU Langone on April 26.
France family makes special visit, honored at gala
NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France and his wife Amy were front and center at Hassenfeld Children's Hospital at NYU Langone on April 26, visiting with patients and taking in a race of a different kind -- the pinewood derby variety. Yes, racing runs deep in the France family roots. So does charity. Wednesday's visit illustrates a deep relationship with helping children. Last year, The NASCAR Foundation announced plans to donate $1 million to Hassenfeld Children's Hospital at NYU Langone as part of a multi-year partnership to enhance the delivery of medical care to children. Since that time, The NASCAR Foundation has supported the Child Life Program to minimize the emotional stress on children when enduring illness, injury and medical treatments. "When you come to this kind of treatment center and hospital and see the good work they're doing, it moves you. It just does," Brian France said. "We met this entire group of people last fall at a (NASCAR) Foundation event. We committed at that time to be a part of their treatment center for children going forward, and here we are getting the tour and meeting the kids. We're happy to be here." It's The NASCAR Foundation's first multi-year partnership with NYU Langone Medical Center and marks its commitment to reach more kids nationally. NASCAR's charitable arm has donated more than $30 million and impacted more than one million children since its inception in 2006. " Learn more about The NASCAR Foundation's Speediatrics Children's Fund Joe Gibbs Racing driver Matt Tifft joined the Frances, rolling up his sleeves and pitching in on building an entry into the pinewood derby -- No. 19, of course, to match his entry for Joe Gibbs Racing. The event perhaps had special meaning for the 20-year-old Tifft, a member of the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class. Last year Tifft put his racing career -- and life -- on hold after doctors discovered a tumor on his brain. Successful surgery on July 1 removed the brain tumor, which was benign, as Tifft learned first-hand the importance of world-class care. The Frances and The NASCAR Foundation also were honored at the KiDS of NYU Langone Springfling Gala on April 27 for their tireless commitment in improving the lives of children. Brian France and Amy France represented The NASCAR Foundation at the gala. Together, they are continuing the legacy of Betty Jane France , Brian's mother, who created the vision for the Speediatrics Children's Fund, a program of The NASCAR Foundation to enhance the delivery of high-quality medical care to needy children across the country. Further carrying on the tradition of the France family's legacy of giving back, Brian and Amy France spend much of their personal time driving progress on issues that threaten the health and wellness of children. The Frances personally partner with dozens of world-class charitable organization, have been honored for their contributions to pediatric cancer and work tirelessly to combat a wide-range of issues related to disease, poverty, abuse and education. "You feel a stronger pull toward helping these children and doing something small to put some cheer into their life by supporting a world-class facility such as NYU Langone," said Amy France during the visit. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
France : Young drivers give NASCAR deep talent pool
RELATED: France family makes special hospital visit RICHMOND, Va. -- NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France said Sunday that NASCAR is in a state of transition within its deep, talented driver pool, drumming up support for incoming young talent in NASCAR's national ranks. France's remarks came during an impromptu media session at Richmond International Raceway about an hour before Sunday's Toyota Owners 400. France acknowledged the new wave of drivers' growing connection to the sport's fans will not be an overnight process, but that being steadfast when it comes to on-track performance should help their names resonate. "The good news is, and you guys have seen it in the talent pool that's coming, and it is deep, so we're excited about that," France said, mentioning the moments enjoyed already by Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points leader Kyle Larson, age 24. "I think the big thing is -- and I always tell them this -- they've got to compete at a high level. They can't be humble about that. They can't be humble as they race out there with veteran stars who they looked up to. They can't be humble to say 'I'm happy to be here.' They're here for a reason. They're very, very good." France's Q&A came five days after Dale Earnhardt Jr., the sport's Most Popular Driver, announced that the 2017 season would be his last in the Monster Energy Series . France paid tribute to Earnhardt in his opening remarks, saluting both his driving career and his efforts to improve the sport with his collaborative spirit. PHOTOS: Dale Jr. through the years "He's meant a lot to this sport in many ways, on and off the track -- not just his popularity, but carrying on the Earnhardt name in such a good way," France said. "He was always competitive on the track, always raced at a high level, and always worked with NASCAR to make the sport better, just like his father did." France also discussed the impact of Monster Energy as the premier series' entitlement sponsor, a partnership announced five months ago. Since the two sides joined forces, France said Monster Energy has played a key role in trying to introduce the sport to a new, younger demographic. "I'd say in one word -- great," France said. "I think that they are bringing what we hoped they would bring, that sort of youthful, kind of edgy … they do it in entertainment, if you were out in California, with a massive crowd interacting with our fan base. And then digitally, socially, they're one of the leading companies in the country in how to manage that new frontier."
France : Young drivers will have a lot of big moments
Brian France reflects on Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s retirement news and said he believes Kyle Larson and other young drivers will carry the sport forward.
Brian France happy with NASCAR’s stage racing
NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France joined SiriusXM NASCAR Radio to talk about NASCAR's new stage racing format.
Brian France : 'We get that' emotions boil over sometimes
NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France joined SiriusXM NASCAR Radio to talk about the on and off track altercation between Joey Logano and Kyle Busch.
Brian France : 'We want everybody to be a NASCAR fan'
LAS VEGAS -- NASCAR Chairman & CEO Brian France took the stage Friday at the Consumer Electronics Show to discuss how the sanctioning body is using technology to enhance the fan experience and engage with the next generation of fans. France was on the Sports Business Innovation panel with National Hockey League (NHL) Commissioner Gary Bettman and United States Olympic Committee (USOC) CEO Scott Blackmun. Here are the high points France delivered: On how diversity and globalization are critical to success: "We have a unique challenge because kids don't play our sport in the playground," France said. "We are the only ones in auto racing investing millions of dollars on combines for diversity drivers. These programs take time, but we just saw the benefit. We just had a Mexican driver, Daniel Suarez , win our second largest national series and that would not have happened without our diversity program. We don't do this because it is socially smart, which it is, but because that is where you find the best talent, and we want everybody to be a NASCAR fan." On how the Monster Energy partnership will help NASCAR reach new fans: "In our case aligning with the right sponsor is important. They help us tell our story and we count on their activation to take us to places and channels we would not normally be in. I am very happy about our new entitlement partner Monster Energy, they have incredible reach with Millennial customers and fans, auto racing is in their DNA and they have a smart digital approach." On fans' consumption habits: "The ways in which fans consume their favorite sports has changed in an unprecedented way, and that is the great challenge and opportunity that all leagues face," France said. "We want to be smart about how we attract (the younger generation) and balance that with our core fans and connect with all of them in ways that we have never seen before." On how technology can improve competition, safety and fan engagement: "We want to use technology and innovation to make our core product better," France said. "We all want to make our sport safer, and our games and races better. We are using technology to drive our sport in ways that we could not have even imagined only 10 years ago." On how technology, developed at the 61,000-square-foot NASCAR Research & Development Center in Concord, North Carolina, has helped: "The combination of innovation and technology can solve almost all problems," France said. "One of the challenges of outdoor sports is rain delays. We developed the Air Titan, which cut the time to dry the track. This was a huge thing for us to be able to retain our TV audience." On the introduction of the digital dash, which uses 16 customizable screens to monitor and record 24 different elements such as RPM, oil temperature and lap times: "This is the new frontier," France said. "We have an enormous amount of telemetry at our races between the drivers, crew chiefs and their strategy, and we are in the early stages of looking to deliver that data to fans in their seat, at home or through streaming."
France : 'Not going to get too wound up' over Busch-Logano flap
RELATED: Busch, Logano mix it up on pit road NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France said Monday that the sanctioning body is "not going to get too wound up about" Sunday's post-race altercation between Kyle Busch and Joey Logano at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. France's remarks came during an impromptu appearance Monday afternoon on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio's "Tradin' Paint" program. Last-lap contact between the cars in a contest for fourth place left Busch fuming at Logano after the Kobalt 400 for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Busch's No. 18 Toyota spun toward pit road while Logano drove away from their collision to take the position. MORE: What Busch, Logano said afteward " Driver reaction Busch marched toward Logano's No. 22 Ford afterward and took a swipe at his rival, setting off a scrum that involved both crewmembers and NASCAR officials. The two were separated and had harsh words for each other afterward. Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer, told SiriusXM on Monday morning that competition officials were inclined "not to react" pending a review of video footage of the altercation. France echoed O'Donnell's feelings, reiterating that the emotions and high stakes that helped spark Sunday's outburst are inherent in stock-car racing. RELATED: O'Donnell says incident under review "Listen, it's an emotional sport as you know," France told SiriusXM. "There's so much on the line for all these drivers and teams. … So much is expected of these guys to do their thing, so when things happen that are going to happen at a race, it's not terribly crazy to understand that emotions are going to blow over sometimes, and we get that." France spoke out against on-track retaliation, saying that he believed Busch and Logano would work through their differences and that the incident would not carry over from Las Vegas to another venue. "My guess is that Kyle and Joey will sort that out and there really won't be anything we need to worry about down the road," France said. "If there is, we'll deal with it. We'll look at the tape and look at the crewmember participation and different things, but we also want to be realistic that this is … there is just a lot of emotion and a lot of pressure on these guys to do well and compete at a high level. And when something goes terribly wrong, as it did for Kyle, emotions are going to get the best of all of us at some point or another. Obviously, that's what happened on Sunday." France also touched on several other pressing topics in his Monday appearance: On Las Vegas Motor Speedway adding a second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event in place of New Hampshire Motor Speedway: "Clearly, Las Vegas is a very accepted NASCAR market, but on balance, we don't like to see any track lose an event. It just has a bad feeling in your stomach when that happens." On the racing produced by breaking events into three stages in NASCAR's national series: "So whenever we do that, whether it's stage racing or giving greater incentives, then obviously you get a higher performance level. And that's true of any sport, not just us." On the move to reducing downforce in NASCAR's aerodynamic rules: "I was not a fan originally on the lower-downforce package, but I'm wrong a little bit on that -- or a lot wrong -- because that's proven to be the cars are harder to drive, it's more exciting for sure, and so the net of it is that attendance is up and ratings have been up and we're happy with things, but watching every week to make sure we deliver the best racing in the world." &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Brian France talks family business, NASCAR at Phoenix conference
PHOENIX, Ariz. -- During a keynote presentation Friday at Transitions West 2016, a family business conference held in Phoenix, Arizona, NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France shared stories of advice provided to him by his grandfather William H.G. France and father Bill France Jr. -- and how he now is doing the same with his nephew Ben Kennedy , a driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. "I sat (Kennedy) down a while back and I told him, 'You better figure out where is your value going to come in the business,' " said France . "He's going to get an opportunity. He deserves an opportunity. He's a great guy, a great student and he deserves every opportunity you'd want any other family member to get. "But on the other hand, I want him to really think long and hard about coming into the business where he can add value. That's harder and harder to do when businesses are more mature." Each generation of the France family passed down that specific piece of advice, Brian France said Friday, and NASCAR's current leader said he took it to heart. France saw his value in ushering NASCAR into the 21st Century, making bold decisions while using the constantly growing technology space to help bring the sport closer to fans.
Family affair: Brian France ’s NASCAR legacy
Learn about the emergence of NASCAR and how Brian France , along with his family, took his grandfathers dream and created a sport enjoyed by race fans worldwide.
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