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J.C. France Suspended By Grand-Am

Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Friday, October 9 2009

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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com

J.C. France, a veteran competitor in the Rolex Sports Car Series and son of current NASCAR board member Jim France, has been suspended indefinitely by the series after an arrest on drug charges in Daytona Beach following a traffic violation.

“Grand-Am has issued a penalty notice and suspended J.C. indefinitely from all competition for actions detrimental to racing,” NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said. “The penalty is not appealable. J.C. is being treated like any other competitor. His suspension is immediate and indefinite.”

The Grand American Road Racing Association was founded by Bill France Jr. and Jim France among other partners in 1999. The series began running under NASCAR ownership in 2008.

J.C. France has been a competitor at Brumos Racing since the Daytona Prototype class first launched in 2003. Often co-driving with endurance racing legend Hurley Haywood, France has not recorded a victory since joining the Brumos team, winners of this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Initial police reports indicated France was found in possession of cocaine and he was later charged with cocaine possession and DUI.

– Jonathan Ingram can be reached at jingram@racintoday.com

Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Friday, October 9 2009
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  • CSGAS says:

    How can that forum be overloaded when the posts have been censored and deleted?

    I am glad Ingram has treated this issue with more professionalism than fellow RacinToday contributor Larry Woody.

    The use and abuse of cocaine, and dangers associated with it, is something that should have been caught and/or prevented by the series owners same as every other series owner shows responsibility for; and as Ingram reported the series has been owned by NASCAR for over a year and a half. The ultimate accountability for the continued use by a spokesperson who presents himself as the epitome of Grand-Am competitors, would be the President of that body.

    If the owners don’t want the responsibility, they should sell the series to owners with more professional standards, like WoO (DIRT), USAC, ASA, USAR, NHRA and nearly every other series that operates in the United States.

  • Jeff Townsend says:

    The word on most site is JC should be hung from a yardarm,I my veiw he is just another dumb ass that did a stupid thing. The France family should not be held accountable for his actions, they had nothing to do with it. The Grand AM forums page is overloaded with anti France verbage, and most of it is nonsense.