DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 19, 2002) -- The Board of Directors for NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) has announced promotions for two members of its senior management team.
Executive Vice President Brian France has been named vice chairman, a title he will share with current Vice Chairman Jim France, and Senior Vice President George Pyne has been named chief operating officer (COO). Pyne has also been named to NASCAR's Board of Directors.
"These promotions ensure our organization will continue to benefit from the best and brightest people under the leadership of our President, Mike Helton," said NASCAR Chairman William C. France.
"NASCAR's success and tremendous growth is the result of cooperative teamwork and leadership of all of our executives. As I've said many times before, in order for this sport to continue to succeed, a multi-talented team must carry out the many responsibilities."
President Mike Helton added, "These promotions reflect the hard work and success of two key members of our team and essentially aligns their titles with the respective jobs both Brian and George are already performing.
Brian France has been a key player in all of NASCAR's major strategic initiatives. His vision and comprehensive knowledge of NASCAR will serve as an invaluable asset for the sport in years to come.
Pyne's promotion is a reflection of the duties he has essentially taken on over the past year. As COO, he will be responsible for day-to-day operations of all of NASCAR's departments.
"These promotions reflect the depth of talent NASCAR has," said Helton.
"Brian has been instrumental in the development of a number of crucial initiatives that have made NASCAR what it is today. And George's leadership and successful execution of many of our programs has helped change the face of NASCAR in a positive way.
"The Board welcomes their continued input and leadership."