James France serves as Chairman of the Board of International Speedway Corporation (“ISC”), a position he assumed in June 2007.
France grew up in the early years of stock car racing, living and learning every detail of the sport from his own experiences, and from his father Bill France, Sr., the founder and first president of NASCAR.
Joining ISC in 1959, France, in his early years with the Company, worked in all phases of operations including parker, ticket stubber, ticket seller and manager of ticket gate operations.
Until 2003, France served as President of ISC. He was elected to the ISC Board of Directors in 1970 and has served as the Company's Secretary, Assistant Treasurer, Vice President, and Executive Vice President before being named the ISC's President and Chief Operating Officer in 1987. He was also named to the NASCAR Board of Directors in November 2000.
France has been involved in motorsports most of his life. He has been a strong supporter of motorcycle racing in the United States, evident by his professional involvement in the sport.
He served as starter for the U.S. Motorcycle Grand Prix in the late 1960s, raced dirt track races for nearly five years and has been a member of the American Motorcyclist Association for more than 30 years. In addition, France has raced karts on both dirt and asphalt.
France has served as a board member for ACCUS (Automobile Competition Committee of the United States).
In recent years, France has been active in Legends Car racing. He was BF Goodrich Legends Cars national tour champion in 1992 and has had a good deal of success in the Gatorade Florida Legends Series. Most recently, he competed in the Allison "Legacy" Car Series.
France was on active duty in the U.S. Army (1969-1970) where he served a stint in Vietnam.
France was born and raised in Daytona Beach, Fla., and graduated from Seabreeze High School. He attended Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Fla., and earned a business degree in 1968.
He also serves on the Board of Directors for SunTrust Bank, East Central Florida.