Brian France attends Drivers Council meeting
By AMANDA VINCENT
The NASCAR Drivers Council met in the garage area of Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway during race weekend that culminated in the May 1 running of the Geico 500, and NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France attended his first meeting of the group. Three-time Sprint Cup championship driver and two-time series championship car owner, Tony Stewart, had criticized France back in January for not attending the drivers and not making himself available to the drivers.
“It was good to have Brian in there,” driver Kyle Busch said, according to ESPN
. “It’s a shame he couldn’t stay a little bit longer. It was nice to have him at least for the start and hear what some of our expectations are and some of the things that we have got on our side to improve the sport for the fan experience and the driver experience and the team experience.”
According to multiple reports, the lengthy meeting at Talladega continued for nearly two hours after France’s departure. Later, NASCAR spokesman David Higdon would not disclosed the nature of meeting conversation while France was in attendance, other then revealing that topics relating to the current and next season were discussed and disclosing that a $35,000 fine assessed to Stewart for disparaging remarks about NASCAR’s previous stance on not requiring five tight lug nuts on each wheel of race cars was not a part of the discussion.
Driver and Council member Joey Logano said the group covering everything from aerodynamic packages to TV ratings.
“It was very productive, and at least from Brian’s perspective, it was well-done, and he was happy he did it,” Higdon said, according to a report from ESPN
. “Brian spoke a lot. He started the meeting.”
The Drivers Council is made up of nine drivers, and the make-up of the Council changes yearly. Membership for 2016 include Stewart, Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick, Logano, Brad Keselowski, Busch, Kyle Larson and Jimmie Johnson.