On the eve of Super Tuesday, NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France and several drivers endorsed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Appearing at a political rally in Valdosta, Georgia, France gave Trump his backing, as did drivers Ryan Newman, David Ragan and Chase Elliott, along with Chase’s dad, Bill, who was also in attendance.
"He wins with his family," France said of Trump. "Any of his children, you’d be proud of have them as part of your family. That’s how I judge a winner, how somebody manages their family and raises their family."
"I am proud to receive the endorsement of such an iconic brand and a quality person such as Brian," Trump said. "Brian has a wonderful family and is an incredibly successful business person. I have great respect for Brian and I am grateful for his support and that of Bill Elliott, one of the best drivers in history, and active stock car racers, including his son Chase Elliott, Ryan Newman and David Lee Regan."
"It is my great honor to endorse Mr. Trump for President of the United States," said Bill Elliott. "He is a leader representing strength and common sense solutions."
A NASCAR official called France’s decision to endorse Trump a “private personal decision by Brian,” and reiterated that it was not a NASCAR endorsement.
"We looked at everything we saw coming down and what we heard from our sponsors and our partners and what we feel we should be doing, and that’s what led us to the decision today," NASCAR spokesman David Higdon said last July, when the sanctioning body announced it would move its banquets.