DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 20, 1999) NASCAR announced today that Bill France, 66, the sanctioning body president since 1972, has been diagnosed with cancer. France is currently pursuing additional diagnosis and treatments.

"The doctors have told me the illness is treatable," said France. "I am anxious to begin treatment and get on the road to recovery."

"My father is in good spirits," said Brian France, who serves as NASCAR's senior vice president. "He is currently receiving expert medical care and we all have the utmost respect and confidence in his medical team."