By AMANDA VINCENT
Lesa France Kennedy, Vice Chairperson of NASCAR, CEO of International Speedway Corporation and granddaughter of NASCAR founder Bill France, was named by Forbes Magazine Wednesday as the Most Powerful Woman in Sports in 2015.
An eight-member panel assembled by the magazine selected Kennedy for the honor. Meanwhile, the panel selected NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver for Stewart-Haas Racing, Danica Patrick, 20th on the list of 25.
Kennedy was selected, primarily, for her position with ISC. She joined the corporation in 1983 and was named CEO in 2009. In her position at ISC CEO, Kennedy oversees 12 tracks, 11 of which host NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. Those 12 tracks include Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Richmond (Va.) International Raceway, Auto Club (Fontana, Calif.) Speedway, Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Phoenix International Raceway, Chicagolan (Joliet, Ill.) Speedway, Route 66 Raceway near Chicago, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, Darlington (S.C.) Raceway and Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.
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