Lesa France Kennedy named one of '30 Most Powerful Women in Sports'

Lesa France Kennedy, CEO of International Speedway Corporation and Vice Chairperson of NASCAR, was named one of ADWEEK'S '30 Most Powerful Women in Sports' in their July issue, on newsstands now.

This is the inaugural '30 Most Powerful Women in Sports' list. ADWEEK'S annual Sports Issue will feature the list yearly. Kennedy is featured along with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Danica Patrick, and other elite athletes, league executives, sports media personalities and sports marketing executives.

"Being chosen along with such an incredible group of women is testament to the relevancy and popularity of NASCAR and motorsports," said Kennedy. "I'm particularly pleased to be joined by NASCAR driver Danica Patrick who is inspiring the next generation of women drivers and competitors. A profound thank you to the ADWEEK team."

Kennedy's vision led the $400 million reimagining of Daytona International Speedway into the world's only motorsports stadium, revolutionizing the sport and fan experience. The stadium was named Sports Facility of the Year at SportsBusiness Journal's2016 Sports Business Awards and Kennedy received accolades as Forbes' Most Powerful Woman in Sports for 2015, as well as being inducted as a member of the 2016 Cynopsis Sports Hall of Fame.

Set to open in 2017 across from the Speedway is another Kennedy project, ONE DAYTONA, a 300,000-square-foot preeminent retail, dining and entertainment destination.