France arrested on drug charges

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP)—A grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France has been arrested on drug charges.

According to a Daytona Beach police report, J.C. France was arrested early Thursday morning on charges of possession of narcotics and driving under the influence. The report states that an officer found a small bag containing a “white cakelike substance†during a traffic stop.

France is the son of NASCAR board member Jim France and a driver in NASCAR’s Grand-Am Series. According to a statement from NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston, he has been indefinitely suspended from all competition.

Poston says France is being treated “like any other competitor.â€

France posted $4,500 bond and was released from Volusia County jail on Thursday.

France arrested on drug charges - NASCAR - Yahoo! Sports
 

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NASCAR Founder's Grandson Popped for DUI | TMZ.com
 

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J.C. France, Racer And Member Of The First Family Of NASCAR, Busted On Drug Charges In Daytona Beach - Shawn Courchesne | Auto Racing


At least they are treating him like any other driver so far

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

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J.C. France, Racer And Member Of The First Family Of NASCAR, Busted On Drug Charges In Daytona Beach - Shawn Courchesne | Auto Racing


At least they are treating him like any other driver so far

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

Good. They'd have a PR nighmare on their hands if they didn't.
 

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J.C. France should get the Nobel Peace prize. Why not? That would make as much sense as giving it to Obama. (what a joke!)

Anywho, I don't think this story will be around long. Unless J.C. sues or something like that. :p
 

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Was this a subject on TMD? I dont think Mike and Pete's employers would be very happy with them discussing it, and frankly I cant see them having anything to say on it. Much like when Brian France crashed his Jaguar drunk in Daytona one night, and the Nascar media swpet that under the rug very nicely.
 

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Yeah, I heard about it on TMD while driving to work. I don't know how much time was spent on it....basically they told about it and said that, obviously, it's not good.
 

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It was mentioned on every call-in show on 128. I heard numerous calls on this subject but what is there really to talk about other than reporting that this occurred?

I've never understood the idea that hosts on NASCAR Radio aren't allowed to talk about subjects, good, bad, or indifferent to NASCAR. While you may not agree with their opinions, you certainly have the option to voice yours by calling in.
 

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There's a perfect example of that being broadcast right now on 128. CBL is interviewing Mark Geragos, Mayfield's attorney. If NASCAR ruled the station with an iron fist, you'd never hear this guy on this channel.
 

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Yeah, once again CBL gets the great interviews. She works hard at it and it shows. I may get irritated at her a lot but she does good work.
 

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More on censorship
I know that Grand Am owns the site but it just doesn't look right to me.

From the desk of Godwin Kelly, Motorsports Editor

Ripples From J.C. France's Arrest - Motor Heads


The arrest of Jamison Colfax France by Daytona Beach police after a hearty round of street racing with his roommate has produced some interesting ripples within the racing community.


If you go to the Grand American Road Racing Web site, there is no official mention of the incident, or the penalties imposed on the driver. The site has a "forum" area and every time somebody tries to link a J.C. France story, the thread of information is deleted by the sanctioning body, which is wholly owned by NASCAR, which is wholly owned by the France family.

That the story keeps getting booted from the Grand-Am site is testing the nerves of sportscar First Amendment advocates. Someone by the user name of HawksNCards left this frustrated post on Friday, which I read before it was deleted: "Since NASCAR owns Grand Am I suppose we can expect the ivory tower mentality to go from the streets of Daytona to the message boards at Grand Am."


The Grand-Am site is not independent news, but a privately owned touching point for competitors and fans of sportscar racing. The site can run - or delete -- whatever information it wants to because it's not an open news site. End of discussion on that point.


France was immediately and indefinitely suspended from Grand-Am Rolex Series competition on Thursday, but the announcement was issued by NASCAR's public relations office, not from the sportscar organization, which as of this writing on Friday afternoon, offered no comment on the incident.


Grand-Am is under the NASCAR umbrella, but has its own set of rules and regulations separate from NASCAR. A NASCAR spokesman on Thursday told me all those Grand-Am guidelines are up for review.


Grand-Am does not have a stringent substance-abuse policy in place, but that is likely to change by the time the 2010 season starts. NASCAR has a detailed "path back" program, which allows competitors a way to return to competition.


It involves serious rehabilitation and samples on demand without notice. Only two drivers have made it back through the program -- Shane Hmiel and Kevin Grubb. They got their licenses back.



Hmiel tested positive for a third time and was suspended from NASCAR competition for life. Grubb committed suicide.


Grand-Am has no such rigorous guidelines in place.


Of course, there are several ironies here.


NASCAR is embroiled in a legal battle with former Sprint Cup driver Jeremy Mayfield, who the organization said tested positive for methamphetamine in May. Mayfield was immediately suspended. Mayfield, who started the season with his own race team, maintains his innocence and has taken NASCAR to court.


Brian France, who is NASCAR chairman and CEO and J.C.'s first cousin, has led the substance- abuse charge in NASCAR, saying there's no place for drugs in the racing workplace.


He emphasized that when he spoke to the media the week of the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona in July. France said NASCAR's random drug testing would continue despite a court decision at that time that allowed Mayfield to race.


"Our first responsibility . . . will always be that we are going to make sure every way we can, that everyone who is driving these race cars are of clear mind,'' he said.


As NASCAR's boss, Brian is the de facto leader of Grand-Am, which will ultimately decide J.C.'s fate in the sportscar series. You can bet this will come under tremendous scrutiny, not only by media, but forces inside the industry.
 

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Interesting...

We live in a time now where people can't hide easily anymore. People can't get away with things as much anymore. Between the media, cell phone pics, digital recorders, and the net.
 

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There's a perfect example of that being broadcast right now on 128. CBL is interviewing Mark Geragos, Mayfield's attorney. If NASCAR ruled the station with an iron fist, you'd never hear this guy on this channel.

I heard that interview and it was a good one......for CBL..lol

Although it was funny how she dodged Mark's questions about Jeremy's appearance thru the years. But then again if she would have answered it she'd probably be walking home from CA...:yesshake:

It was both funny and sad listening to the Jr lovers call in at the beginning of the show whinning about that Bob Margola ( Ithink thats his name) on PressPass expressing his opinions about Jr and other things! It's refreshing to have someone speak the unspoken and not fear the wrath of Nascar.

That guy needs his own show on 128...:yesshake:
 

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Did anyone else catch CBL's interview with the driver of the extenze racing car? The unintended double entendres had me rolling. "we are growing"............"we are expanding"...................."extenze souvenir hauler". I saved the interview on my stiletto if anyone wants to hear it ill copy and post up somewhere. Was quite funny overall.