Ford CEO Jim Farley put an additional podium on his racing résumé Sunday at Sebring, successful in a 1978 Cosworth Ford Lola T298 with co-driver Billy Johnson in the twelve-hour vintage endurance race and spoiling an opponent’s chances of taking household a fourth consecutive class gain. 

Farley’s group took very first in Team B at the Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) Basic Sebring twelve Hour, Pistons and Props, introduced by the Alan Jay Automotive Community, beating out three-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 Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) and a standard competitor in vintage racing activities and has explained racing as his personal equivalent to yoga. 

“I experience bad for all those people folks who just wake up on a weekend and just play golfing,” Farley reported from the podium. Gearhead while he may possibly be, Farley knows in which his bread is buttered. “I am going to make this small. I am going to make this brief. Make sure you go invest in a Ford,” he concluded.

When he changed former CEO Jim Hackett, he built it apparent that he supposed to keep on racing. He obtained authorization from Executive Chairman Bill Ford to keep on racing in a person of the earliest conversations Farley can remember concerning the two of them. 

Farley, of program, is not the only Detroit bigwig who sees the environmentally friendly flag from inside a cockpit on weekends. Former SRT manager and current head of international structure for Stellantis, Ralph Gilles, was acknowledged for piloting an entry in the SRT Viper Cup Sequence back when the cars and trucks were being in creation, and has participated in various significant-profile aggressive activities, which includes the Targa Newfoundland and Mille Miglia. 

GM President Mark Reuss is an additional bona fide competitor. Outside the house of Detroit, Toyota President Akio Toyoda and Stellantis Team manager Carlos Tavares both have impressing racing résumés of their own.