Ford CEO Jim Farley set another podium on his racing résumé Sunday at Sebring, winning in a 1978 Cosworth Ford Lola T298 with co-driver Billy Johnson in the twelve-hour vintage stamina race and spoiling an opponent’s likelihood of using house a fourth consecutive course win.
Farley’s group took first in Group B at the Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) Vintage Sebring twelve Hour, Pistons and Props, presented by the Alan Jay Automotive Community, beating out 3-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 vintage racing activities and has described racing as his private equivalent to yoga.
“I come to feel negative for all all those persons who just wake up on a weekend and just participate in golfing,” Farley claimed from the podium. Gearhead even though he may well be, Farley understands the place his bread is buttered. “I’ll make this short. I’ll make this rapid. Make sure you go acquire a Ford,” he concluded.
When he changed previous CEO Jim Hackett, he created it very clear that he supposed to go on racing. He received authorization from Executive Chairman Monthly bill Ford to go on racing in one of the earliest conversations Farley can remember between the two of them.
Farley, of system, is not the only Detroit bigwig who sees the green flag from inside a cockpit on weekends. Former SRT manager and latest head of global style for Stellantis, Ralph Gilles, was identified for piloting an entry in the SRT Viper Cup Series again when the automobiles were in creation, and has participated in several higher-profile aggressive activities, which include the Targa Newfoundland and Mille Miglia.
GM President Mark Reuss is another bona fide competitor. Outdoors of Detroit, Toyota President Akio Toyoda and Stellantis Group manager Carlos Tavares both have impressing racing résumés of their possess.