James France

Daytona Beach FL

The 2005 winner of the RRDC’s prestigious Phil Hill Award, Jim France started his career at the International Speedway Corp’s home track of Daytona International Speedway by parking spectator cars and selling tickets at the gates … He was elected to the ISC Board of Directors in 1970, named to the NASCAR Board of Directors in 2000, and became ISC’s Chief Executive Officer in 2003 … He is a son of William H. G. France, who founded NASCAR and Daytona International Speedway, seeing both grow into the headliners of American auto racing …His interest is not limited to just stock cars, but to the Grand American Road Racing’s Rolex Sports Car Series as well…specifically, the Daytona Prototype class … RRDC President Bobby Rahal, when presenting the Phil Hill Award, noted it was for France’s “efforts to rejuvenate this famous race with a new class of cars which are fast, affordable and good-looking.”

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