Ford CEO Jim Farley put another podium on Sunday’s racing resume at Sebring, won in a 1978 Cosworth Ford Lola T298 with co-driver Billy Johnson in the 12-hour classic endurance race and ruined his opponent’s chance to take home a consecutive fourth-place victory.
Farley’s team took first place in Group B at the Classic Sebring 12 Hour Classic Sebring, Pistons and Props, presented by Alan Jay Automotive Network, beating three winners Gregory and Ethan Shippert in the competition. Phil Reilly and Co. 1974 No. 26 Chevron B26.
“I feel bad for all the people who just wake up on the weekends and just play golf,” Farley said from the podium. Though it may be Gearhead, Farley knows where his bread is brewed. “I’ll be brief. I’ll do it quickly. Let’s go buy a Ford,” he concluded.
In replacing former chief executive Jim Hackett, he made it clear that he intends to continue racing. He was given permission by Executive Chairman Bill Ford to continue racing in one of the earliest conversations Farley can recall between the two of them.
Of course, Farley wasn’t the only bigwig in Detroit to see the green flag from inside the cockpit over the weekend. Former SRT director and now Stellantis global design director, Ralph Gilles, is known for test driving an item in SRT Viper The Cup Series is back when the cars were in production and has participated in a number of popular competitive events, including the Targa Newfoundland and the Mille Miglia.