Vive la France! NASCAR Vice-Chair To Wave Starting Flag In Le Mans

On Saturday, GRAND-AM Road Racing founder and NASCAR Vice-Chairman Jim France will wave the French flag to start the 90th running of the ultimate endurance race.

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There's a France in France for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

On Saturday, GRAND-AM Road Racing founder and NASCAR Vice-Chairman Jim France will wave the French flag to start the 90th running of the ultimate endurance race.

France says he's honored to have the opportunity.

"It reminds me of coming here in 1962 with my father, Bill France Sr. and NASCAR driver Fireball Roberts, who raced a Ferrari here,"€ France said. "€œAnd it reminds me of 1976 when my brother Bill France Jr. waved the starting flag in the year we had two NASCAR stock cars in Le Mans."

Coverage of the 24 Hours of Le Mans begins at 8:30a ET on SPEED. In addition to 21.5 hours of television coverage, SPEED.com will be streaming on-board and pit lane cameras all 24 hours. Check it out here!