In the Sports Business Journal’s annual ranking of the 50 most influential people in sports business, Jim France and Lesa France Kennedy came in at No. 35. They were the only NASCAR figures included on the list.
Chairman & CEO, NASCAR
Change from 2017: Not ranked
Lesa France Kennedy
CEO, International Speedway Corp.
Change from 2017: Newcomer
France is in his 70s, but that hasn’t slowed him down since he replaced his nephew, Brian France, as NASCAR’s top executive in August. He’s been at every race since he took over, and he and Kennedy are restructuring the sport with a shellshocking $1.9 billion bid by NASCAR to acquire ISC.