Best known as the CEO of Nascar from 1972 to 2000, following after his father Bill France Sr., race car driver and one original founder of the organization.
After attending the University of Florida and serving in the U.S. Navy, he turned his sights to following his father's footsteps and entered his first races.
In addition to his work as CEO of Nascar, he was active in politics and served as a delegate at the 1972 Democratic National Convention to support George Wallace.
The son of Bill France Sr. and Anne Bledsoe, his son Brian took over as CEO of Nascar in 2003. He also had a daughter, with his wife Betty Jane, named Lesa.
After losing a battle with cancer in 2000, sportscaster Mike Joy held a moment of silence during the Autism Speaks 400 race.