Betty Jane France, NASCAR’s executive vice president and assistant treasurer and the chairwoman emeritus of the NASCAR Foundation, passed away Monday night.
The widow of former NASCAR Chairman and CEO William C. France and mother of Brian and Lesa France, Betty Jane left an impact on the sport felt by drivers, owners and fans. Known for her humanitarian efforts and the chairwoman of The NASCAR Foundation, she left a long-lasting impression outside of NASCAR.
Here’s a look at how the NASCAR community reacted to the passing of Betty Jane.
“They say behind every strong man is a very strong woman,” Richard Petty said. “In this case, Betty Jane stood just as tall as Bill Jr. She did just as much as anyone to build the sport and help it grow. The Petty family sends our thoughts to Brian, Lesa and the entire France family at this time.”
So sad to hear of the passing of the queen of Nascar Betty Jane France. Every time i ever saw her she was the definition of classy… ?
— Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) August 30, 2016
— Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) August 30, 2016
— Ben Kennedy (@BenKennedy33) August 30, 2016
A wife, Mom, friend, a mentor, a leader, a Proverbs 31 woman, Betty Jane France a woman of great integrity, my prayers are with the family.
— Darrell Waltrip (@AllWaltrip) August 30, 2016
Sad to hear of the passing of Betty Jane France. The entire France family is in our thoughts and prayers. ??
— Kyle Busch (@KyleBusch) August 30, 2016
Our hearts go out to the France family. Betty Jane France was an inspiration to us all and her impact on our sport is incredible. RIP.
— Roush Fenway Racing (@roushfenway) August 30, 2016
Our sport lost another great woman today. Betty Jane France will be missed.
— Tony Stewart (@TonyStewart) August 30, 2016