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J.C. France returns to the track in Rolex Grand-Am Series

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After reading the headline, you're probably asking "Who the heck is J.C. France? And is he related to the France family of NASCAR?"

To answer the first question, France is a driver in the Rolex Grand-Am series, and yes, he's the grandson of Bill France Sr.

J.C. France was suspended by the Grand-Am Series -- founded by his father Jim -- after being arrested in 2009 on charges that included street racing, DUI and possession of crack cocaine.

France never faced any of those charges due to a technicality.

The case was dismissed last spring by Circuit Judge Patrick Kennedy based on a technicality introduced by France's defense team. Daytona Beach police witnessed France run a red light in Holly Hill, a different municipality.

"As a general principle, police officers of a municipality have no official power to arrest an offender outside the boundaries of their municipality," Kennedy said in his order to release France.

After he was cleared of the charges, France was reinstated, but didn't compete in the Series in 2010 and last weekend's Roar Before the 24 test session for the Grand Am Series' Rolex 24 race at Daytona was his first on track action since the suspension.

France will drive for Action Express Racing for the same No. 9 team that won last year's Rolex 24. This year's race will kick off Speedweeks January 29th.

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