Brad Keselowski: “If I could make one change it would be that the leader of the sport is at the race track every weekend.”
Brad Keselowski was asked about 1 change he wanted to see in NASCAR. The question was introduced during NASCAR media day at the Charlotte Convention Center.
For the #2 Team Penske driver, it wasn’t rules and it wasn’t competition changes. Brad Keselowski simply wants to see the NASCAR CEO at the track more frequently.
“If I could make one change it would be that the leader of the sport is at the race track every weekend,” Keselowski said Wednesday during the NASCAR preseason media days at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “That would be my change.”
“It’s important for any company that relies so heavily on outside partners to have a direct interface — this is such a big ship with so much going on week to week,” Keselowski said.
“With some respect, I would say that it’s impossible for the sport to be managed with someone being here every week because of the travel situations being what they are and the different things that come up and I completely understand that.”
“But I think, on the other side of that, to some extent, you have to be here.”
Brian France used to be the President and CEO of NASCAR, dual roles. It was a position he took over in 2003.
However, in July 2017, Brent Dewar was promoted to President of NASCAR. The responsibilities on Brian France were trimmed slightly.
If you look at other sports, you don’t see a lot of sporting CEO’s at the events. However, other sports have multiple events on the same day, spread across most major cities in America. For NASCAR, there’s only a single event for the CEO to attend each weekend.
Personally, I do believe that putting Brent Dewar in the position of President was mostly to pull Brian France out of the spotlight. As to why, I’m unsure.
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