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NASCAR’s Brian France on halftime breaks, weeknight races, road course in Chase

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series DAYTONA 500

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 21: Team owner Rick Hendrick speaks to NASCAR CEO Brian France prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 21, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

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NASCAR Chairman Brian France was on FS1’s “Race Day” before Sunday’s event at Sonoma Raceway and was asked about several topics. Here’s what France said:

On a road course in the Chase: “We would be for it but the reality is it is very hard to get the schedule to match up.”

More weeknight races: “Don’t see that. Don’t see it.”

Moving the All-Star Race from Charlotte: “Maybe. There’s a lot of interest in that very interesting event. Charlotte has been good to us for a lot of reasons, but we’ll always keep that open.”

On the Daytona 500 running in prime time: “I would like to see more people watch the Daytona 500, so, obviously, the closer we get to the prime time, I’m not sure we’ll get into prime time, the more people that watch, that’s in our best interest.’'

On shortening races: “We have shortened some from time to time, and we’ll continue to look at it. We’ll look at the format as well, not just the length of time, how it is structured and halftime breaks. We’ve done that in some other series. ... We’ll look at formats in particular, but we’re OK with length of time.’'

Any other bold changes to the Chase: “We’ve made a lot of structural changes and they’re important. Now we can build on those. I’ve always said that if we got the Chase right, which it took a little while for us to get it just right, that’s something that is very unique in auto racing, takes time to understand that even as simple as it is because it is so unique in auto racing, we can build around that. No big changes in the future.’'

On a new series sponsor: “Several companies are here (at Sonoma) as a matter of fact this weekend. A number of companies taking a very hard look. It’s a very special asset in sports. It’s the only thing you can own outright, so we have a lot of interest and we want to make a good decision. ... We’re right on schedule.

On the possibility of co-title sponsors: “Possible, but I think we have a lot of interest and I would be surprised, but I’ve been surprised before.’'

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