Class of 2023

Ben Kennedy

NASCAR – Award of Distinction

Continuing a legendary NASCAR family legacy, Ben Kennedy has established himself as a formidable force in the racing world. As the great-grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr., racing is in his DNA. Embracing his family’s heritage, Kennedy has excelled both as a driver and a business leader in the sport.

His skill and determination on the track have earned him respect among fans and competitors, while his innovative contributions to NASCAR’s administration have driven the sport’s growth and evolution. Notably, he spearheaded the NASCAR Street Race in Chicago in 2023, bringing racing excitement to the heart of the city.

Recently honored as a “40 under 40” by Sports Business Journal, Kennedy’s leadership and dedication are acknowledged beyond the racing world. Inducted into The Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame with the Award of Distinction, Ben Kennedy’s accomplishments solidify his place in the annals of racing history, carrying forward the France family’s extraordinary NASCAR legacy.

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