Jim France honored with 2018 NMPA Myers Brothers Award

LAS VEGAS — NASCAR Chairman and CEO Jim France was presented Wednesday with the 2018 NMPA Myers Brothers Award for outstanding contributions to the sport of stock-car racing.

France, 74, has served on the board of the International Speedway Corporation for more than four decades, leading the transformation of a number of tracks, including the $400 million re-imagining of Daytona International Speedway as a motorsports showplace. He is the son of NASCAR founder William H.G. “Big Bill” France.

The announcement came Wednesday at the Encore Theater at the Wynn Las Vegas as part of Champion’s Week festivities. The events will be capped by Thursday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards, where Joey Logano and his team will be celebrated as the 2018 champs.

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France was presented with the NASCAR Hall of Fame Landmark Award in 2018. That honor was introduced in 2015 to recognize individuals who have made “significant contributions to the growth and esteem of NASCAR.”

France has been instrumental in leading two key motorsports mergers during his tenure. In 2012, he brought Grand-Am Road Racing together with the American Le Mans Series under the IMSA banner. In April, he helped to announce NASCAR’s acquisition of the ARCA stock-car circuit.

France assumed the role of NASCAR Chairman and CEO in August. He replaced Brian France, who has taken an indefinite leave of absence from the company.

NASCAR President Steve Phelps lauded France’s contributions and his involvement with the stock-car racing industry during a season-ending address Nov. 18 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

“Jim is a man who has lived NASCAR his entire life,” Phelps said. “He is a racer through and through. He raced himself. He loves racing. He loves NASCAR. The top of that pyramid, the top of the structure is incredibly strong.”

This story will be updated.

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