Report: Brian France heading group to purchase Carolina Panthers

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By Caleb Whisler, Staff Writer

According to WCNC, Charlotte’s NBC affiliate, Brian France, chairman and chief executive officer of NASCAR, is heading a group with Felix Sabates to purchase the Carolina Panthers.

The Panthers will be put on sale at the end of the NFL season by Jerry Richardson following sexual and racial misconduct allegations arose last month.

According to the report, France would become the new major holder for the organization.

The goal of the group is to keep the Panther organization in the Charlotte area in a domed stadium to help bring a Super Bowl to the area.

A NASCAR spokesperson released this statement, “NASCAR denies the accuracy of the WCNC report.  Brian France is not involved.”

Kickin’ the Tires will continue to follow this story as long as parties involved in NASCAR are interested.


  1. Ralph

    January 4, 2018 at 8:52 am

    If not for his grandfather and father, Brian France would be lucky to get a job busing tables at a Waffle House.

    • Jerry Jordan

      January 4, 2018 at 10:18 am

      EDITOR’S RESPONSE: With rare exception do I choose to keep a comment from being published based on its content. I find your comment ridiculous but I will let you show your ignorance and hatred. I don’t understand why people think Brian France is the bane of their existence. –Jerry Jordan, Editor

  2. Ralph

    January 4, 2018 at 11:39 am

    Under Brian France, NASCAR has become consistently inconsistent. Rule changes, treat one driver one way but another driver differently, what is a penalty one week is not a penalty the next… empty seats, loss of interest, there used to be 45+ drivers attempting each race, now they are lucky to get 39 cars entered. Brian France is going to ruin the sport! Old time fans have lost interest in the package NASCAR has, new younger fans don’t understand the sport because it has become like wrestling!

    Is this how a CEO should act?
    Fans were buzzing on social media about what they called awkward and rude behavior by NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France at Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards ceremony in Las Vegas.

    In a moment shared via GIF by many fans and reporters on Twitter, France abruptly handed Martin Truex Jr. his NASCAR Cup championship ring before walking off without a handshake. RUDE!

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