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Lesa France Kennedy


Lesa France Kennedy, named “The Most Powerful Woman in Sports” by Forbes, serves as Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairperson of the Board of Directors for International Speedway Corporation (“ISC”), a motorsports entertainment company.  She also serves as a Vice Chairperson of NASCAR. 

Kennedy's vision and business acumen have made her one of the most influential leaders in the motorsports industry.  Joining the Company in 1983, Kennedy has been instrumental in the growth of ISC and the advancement of motorsports.  

Throughout her career, Kennedy has received numerous industry honors, including:

  • “Most Powerful Woman in Sports” by Forbes (2009);
  • "Women Making History" award from the National Women's History Museum (2014);
  • “Most Influential Woman in Business” by Volusia Flagler Business Report (2006);
  • “Most Influential Woman in Sports Business” by Street and Smith's SportsBusiness Journal (2005);
  • “Female Sports Executive of the Year” by Street and Smith's SportsBusiness Journal (2001);
  • One of the “25 Most Influential People in NASCAR” by the Charlotte Observer - 2001 through 2006;
  • "Community Leader of the Year" by Volusia County (2012); 
  • Juneteenth 2009 “Hometown Hero” by the City of Daytona Beach. 

Kennedy is a supporter of the Halifax Habitat for Humanity; the American Heart Association; the Victory Junction Gang; and, the Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and Sciences. She is a member of The NASCAR Foundation Board of Directors and the Moffitt Cancer Center Board of Advisors.

Kennedy received a B.A. in economics and a B.A. in psychology from Duke University in 1983.