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Ford CEO Jim Farley racks up another vintage racing win

Ford CEO Jim Farley set a different 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 stamina race and spoiling an opponent’s prospects of taking residence a fourth consecutive course acquire. 

Farley’s workforce took to start with in Team B at the Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) Typical Sebring 12 Hour, Pistons and Props, offered by the Alan Jay Automotive Community, beating out a few-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 Classic Racing Affiliation (SVRA) and a normal competitor in vintage racing situations and has described racing as his private equivalent to yoga. 

“I sense terrible for all individuals folks who just wake up on a weekend and just play golfing,” Farley stated from the podium. Gearhead while he may well be, Farley understands where his bread is buttered. “I’ll make this brief. I’ll make this rapid. Be sure to go obtain a Ford,” he concluded.

When he changed previous CEO Jim Hackett, he designed it apparent that he meant to proceed racing. He obtained permission from Govt Chairman Bill Ford to proceed racing in 1 of the earliest discussions Farley can remember involving the two of them. 

Farley, of system, is not the only Detroit bigwig who sees the environmentally friendly flag from inside of a cockpit on weekends. Former SRT boss and present head of worldwide design for Stellantis, Ralph Gilles, was identified for piloting an entry in the SRT Viper Cup Series again when the cars and trucks have been in creation, and has participated in numerous high-profile competitive situations, which includes the Targa Newfoundland and Mille Miglia. 

GM President Mark Reuss is a different bona fide competitor. Outside of Detroit, Toyota President Akio Toyoda and Stellantis Team boss Carlos Tavares both equally have impressing racing résumés of their very own.