Ford CEO Jim Farley racks up another vintage racing win

Ford CEO Jim Farley place a further podium on his racing résumé Sunday at Sebring, successful in a 1978 Cosworth Ford Lola T298 with co-driver Billy Johnson in the 12-hour vintage endurance race and spoiling an opponent’s prospects of having residence a fourth consecutive class gain. 

Farley’s staff took very first in Team B at the Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) Basic Sebring 12 Hour, Pistons and Props, introduced by the Alan Jay Automotive Community, beating out 3-peat winners Grey Gregory and Ethan Shippert in the Phil Reilly and Co. 1974 No. 26 Chevron B26. 

Farley is a member of the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) and a standard competitor in vintage racing activities and has described racing as his private equal to yoga. 

“I come to feel bad for all all those folks who just wake up on a weekend and just engage in golf,” Farley reported from the podium. Gearhead however he could be, Farley is aware where his bread is buttered. “I will make this limited. I will make this fast. Please go buy a Ford,” he concluded.

When he changed former CEO Jim Hackett, he designed it obvious that he meant to go on racing. He attained permission from Executive Chairman Invoice Ford to go on racing in one particular of the earliest conversations Farley can remember between the two of them. 

Farley, of training course, is not the only Detroit bigwig who sees the eco-friendly flag from inside of a cockpit on weekends. Previous SRT manager and latest head of international design and style for Stellantis, Ralph Gilles, was identified for piloting an entry in the SRT Viper Cup Collection back when the cars ended up in generation, and has participated in a number of higher-profile aggressive activities, which includes the Targa Newfoundland and Mille Miglia. 

GM President Mark Reuss is a further bona fide competitor. Outdoors of Detroit, Toyota President Akio Toyoda and Stellantis Team manager Carlos Tavares both have impressing racing résumés of their individual.