PHOENIX, Ariz. — Brian France, the third-generation NASCAR chairman, was an early supporter of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. That made a few of his corporate partners unhappy, most vocally, Truck Series’ title patron Marcus Lemonis, who’s also sponsor of Sunday’s Camping World 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.
Lemonis wrote France, vowing not to attend the 2015 Truck awards banquet if staged at Trump National Doral Miami resort, as planned. NASCAR moved it. A few months later, France and drivers Bill and Chase Elliott, Ryan Newman and David Ragan appeared with Trump on stage at a Georgia rally.
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