I must start by stating that we have the utmost respect for the Frances...Betty Jane and I talk about reality shows whenever I see her, Mr France's funeral had more dignitaries than an inauguration. They are a stand up family that we owe everything to about this sport. But a black sheep is a black sheep. I am not speculating that Bill France's grandson Jamie France (aka JC) is a class a jerk-a-saurus, he used to be married to a girl I know. I have a clear, never to forget memory of us being backstage at a radio festival in Orlando and he was screaming at her and belittling her...quite the guy, huh. And look how hot he is!!As luck would have it, I don't have the pleasure of knowing Grand-Am driver Jamie France's humble half-brother Russell Van Richmond. Both men were both arrested last night for racing each other over the Seabreeze Bridge in Daytona Beach as well as both charged with DUI and possession of crack cocaine.
Some quotes from the half brother Russell Van Richmond who is apparently very important in our town (we have never heard of him):
"I want your commander now. I am a France. Do you know what that means? We own this city."
"Oh no you're not. Do you know who I am?"
"I am a France" and, "We own this city."
"Do you know who I am? You are done,"
"I am gonna have your job. This is the biggest mistake ever. You are so done in Daytona."
and the best one??
"Oh, (expletive deleted)" - was uttered after the officer rifled through his pants pockets and also found a plastic bag with cocaine in it, the report shows according to the Daytona Beach News Journal.
In other lands of brilliance, a woman riding in the front seat with Richmond - who said she hardly knew him - told police, "He (Richmond) was going so fast, I put my seat belt on," the report states. You are so smart, punkin!
These are two grown "living the dream" men in their forties who were so wasted shortly after midnight that if you or I were driving- we would be victims of circumstance of their juvenile stunt . I guess that is what makes me so angry. Both men posted bail today
Bad couple of months for JC, who just lost his dog. How did his dog die?? He decided to go to Hyde Park in Daytona and leave his car running in the valet while he went and dined. Dont worry, the air was on full blast...until the poor baby switched it to heat and died from the temperature.
And you thought Daytona made news just for the race!!