Ford comments on death of France Jr

Ford Reaction on the passing of Bill France Jr. Edsel B. Ford II - member, Board of Directors, Ford Motor Company "Bill France Jr. was more than a good friend of mine. He was a legend in motor racing. NASCAR and motor racing worldwide would...

Ford Reaction on the passing of Bill France Jr.

Edsel B. Ford II - member, Board of Directors, Ford Motor Company

"Bill France Jr. was more than a good friend of mine. He was a legend in motor racing. NASCAR and motor racing worldwide would not have seen the growth and prosperity it has without Bill's vision and determination. He single-handedly made it the reality it is today by understanding what the fans wanted and by creating an environment where on-track competition was king. Bill also understood and encouraged the automobile manufacturers to become a major part of the sport. I personally loved the opportunities I had to sit with him, discussing racing, business and family. He had a wonderful perspective on everything going on around him. Everyone at Ford, and me personally, lost a great friend today."

Dan Davis - director, Ford Racing Technology

"Everyone involved in the Ford Racing program is thinking of the France family and wishing them the best at this very difficult time. There's no way to put into words how much Bill France Jr. meant to NASCAR and auto racing in general, because if it wasn't for him, this sport obviously wouldn't be where it is today. He wanted to take NASCAR from a regional sport to something that is followed worldwide, and with great determination, he made that vision come true. Every sport needs a strong leader at the top in order to be successful and no organization had a man that stood taller these last four decades than Bill France Jr. We will truly miss him."

-credit: ford

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