Ford CEO Jim Farley racks up another vintage racing win

Ford CEO Jim Farley set a further podium on his racing résumé Sunday at Sebring, profitable in a 1978 Cosworth Ford Lola T298 with co-driver Billy Johnson in the twelve-hour classic endurance race and spoiling an opponent’s prospects of using household a fourth consecutive course gain. 

Farley’s team took first in Group B at the Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) Classic Sebring twelve Hour, Pistons and Props, presented by the Alan Jay Automotive Community, beating out a few-peat winners Gray Gregory and Ethan Shippert in the Phil Reilly and Co. 1974 No. 26 Chevron B26. 

Farley is a member of the Sportscar Classic Racing Affiliation (SVRA) and a regular competitor in classic racing situations and has explained racing as his private equal to yoga. 

“I sense bad for all those individuals who just wake up on a weekend and just play golf,” Farley reported from the podium. Gearhead however he could be, Farley is aware where by his bread is buttered. “I am going to make this short. I am going to make this speedy. Please go invest in a Ford,” he concluded.

When he changed previous CEO Jim Hackett, he produced it crystal clear that he supposed to keep on racing. He attained authorization from Government Chairman Bill Ford to keep on racing in just one of the earliest discussions Farley can recall concerning the two of them. 

Farley, of system, is not the only Detroit bigwig who sees the environmentally friendly flag from inside a cockpit on weekends. Previous SRT boss and recent head of international layout for Stellantis, Ralph Gilles, was identified for piloting an entry in the SRT Viper Cup Collection back when the cars and trucks ended up in manufacturing, and has participated in numerous superior-profile competitive situations, together with the Targa Newfoundland and Mille Miglia. 

GM President Mark Reuss is a further bona fide competitor. Exterior of Detroit, Toyota President Akio Toyoda and Stellantis Group boss Carlos Tavares both equally have impressing racing résumés of their personal.