William (Bill) Clifton France was a man who followed the legacy of his father, NASCAR founder, William (Big Bill) Henry Getty France - in the process building his own legacy as he took NASCAR to the "next level" in terms of popularity. The successes of today are clearly linked to Bill's years of leadership, a period when corporate sponsorship grew dramatically, as did attendance figures and television ratings.
Bill France became NASCAR President in 1972, replacing his father. He remained President until November 2000, when he assumed the dual role of NASCAR Chairman and CEO, heading NASCAR's newly created Board of Directors.
In October 2003, Bill handed over the company's reins to his son, Brian France. Bill moved down the hall - but not out the door. He served as NASCAR Vice Chairman, continuing to play an active, vital role in the day-to-day business of running a sport that has also become a national phenomenon.
On June 4, 2007 Bill France passed away in his Daytona Beach home at the age of 74.
“He had a remarkable career and an even-more remarkable life,” said Brian France. “Words cannot express how much he’ll be missed by myself and the rest of our family and by the NASCAR industry overall.”
Bill France will be missed by NASCAR, its fans and the entire motorsports community. The France family has asked that donations be made to the NASCAR Foundation or the Halifax Medical Center Foundation Inc./Betty Jane France Pediatric Center (also known as the “Speediatrics” children’s unit).
If you would like to mail a donation or send your condolences, please send to the following address:
Download Donation Form
|The NASCAR Foundation
c/o The Bill France Jr. Memorial Fund
One Wachovia Center
301 South College Street, Suite 3900
Charlotte, NC 28202
Halifax Medical Center Foundation
Speediatrics Fund/In Memory of Bill France
P.O. Box 9718
Daytona Beach, FL 32120
Or you may fax your form to 704-348-9695.
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