CALIFORNIA STATE ASSEMBLY ADJOURNS IN HONOR OF WILLIAM ("BILL") C. FRANCE SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, CA (June 7, 2007) -- California State Assemblymember Bill Emmerson of the 63rd Assembly District requested adjournment on the Assembly floor in...
CALIFORNIA STATE ASSEMBLY ADJOURNS IN HONOR OF WILLIAM ("BILL") C. FRANCE
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, CA (June 7, 2007) -- California State Assemblymember Bill Emmerson of the 63rd Assembly District requested adjournment on the Assembly floor in Sacramento yesterday in honor of William ("Bill") C. France, who passed away on Monday, June 4th.
France, Chairman of California Speedway's parent company International Speedway Corporation and Vice Chairman of NASCAR, died from an extended illness at his home. His funeral was held today in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Assemblymember Emmerson will present France's wife and children with an Assembly Memorial Resolution in remembrance of their husband and father and his legacy.
"Mr. France would have loved the great honor bestowed upon him by the California State Assembly. We all know how passionate he was about NASCAR, but he was just as passionate about politics," said Gillian Zucker, president of California Speedway, who attended France's funeral service today. "He was very respectful of the job our elected officials do, and to be recognized by the assembly is an honor. He was a fan of our state, and his passion to bring NASCAR racing to the great race fans in California will always be remembered."
During the adjournment Assemblymember Emmerson made the following statement:
"I would like to ask the Assembly to adjourn in memory today for William C. France. Bill France passed away on Monday, June 4th, after an extended illness at the age of 74. He was born in Washington, D.C. and was raised in Daytona Beach, Florida, where he was immersed in the sport of auto racing from the time he could talk. His father was the creator of NASCAR; however Bill is recognized as the one who built the family business into an internationally recognized leader in the world of motor sports. Bill attended the University of Florida and served two years in the U.S. Navy before focusing his attention on promoting racing. He began his service with NASCAR by parking cars and selling concessions before he pursued his father's dream of building a superspeedway in Daytona Beach. He began working for NASCAR at the age of 23 and successfully led the corporation for three decades. Bill France served as Chairman of the International Speedway Corporation, owner and operator of California Speedway, and host of our state's largest single day ticketed sporting event. Bill France will be missed sorely by his family, friends, and the motor sports community."
Assemblymember Doug La Malfa (R-District 2) also stood to adjourn in the memory of Mr. France. La Malfa, a true NASCAR fan said, "I ask that we adjourn in the memory of Bill France, Jr., who carried the torch passed on by Big Bill Sr. and who now passes on the legacy to his son Brian. The France family is rightly revered by the entire racing community for their advancement of the sport of racing from a regional sport to a national sports and entertainment phenomenon."
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