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Ford CEO Jim Farley Scores Podium Finish At Le Mans Classic In GT40

Aside from guiding The Blue Oval into an entirely new era of electrification and overseeing its forthcoming reorganization, Ford CEO Jim Farley also finds the time to record podcasts and even go vintage car racing, a hobby that the auto exec was adamant to continue even after taking over the helm of the automaker. Farley is also pretty good at it, having recently scored impressive finishes in a number of races, including the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca, the Road Atlanta Grand Prix, the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association’s Sebring Speed Tour, and crossing the line first at the Classic 12 Hours of Sebring. Now, Jim Farley has another trophy to add to his proverbial case after earning a podium finish at the Le Mans Classic.

The Le Mans Classic, which takes place in France, is an endurance race just like the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans, but it lasts for a “mere” three hours. The race is broken down into a number of different classes for various vintage vehicles, though Farley’s 1965 Ford GT40 truly shined with a second-place class finish.

That particular ride – chassis number 1109 – is one of the last four GT40s built and is undoubtedly valuable, but Farley continues to race it at events all over the world. This isn’t the first time Farley has raced his GT40 in the Le Mans Classic (where he previously competed in his 1978 Lola 298), and the historic car has also seen action recently at the Goodwood Revival and Spa 6 Hour race in Belgium.

Farley – who also owns a 1966 Cobra – enjoyed his highest finish at the Le Mans Classic to date with this second-place ranking, however, as Ford spokesperson Lori Alpin confirmed to the Detroit Free Press. “This was Jim’s best-ever performance at the Le Mans Classic, which is regarded as the premier sports car race for historic vehicles in the world,” she said.

We’ll have more on Jim Farley’s motorsports endeavors soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for 24/7 Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Joe

    From the man who wants to get rid of ICE engines.

    1. Rinzler

      Jim Farley’s one and only job at Ford is to make Ford investors as much money as possible and expand the business as much as it can tolerate. If people are buying SUVs and EVs and are not buying cars and are moving away from ICE vehicles, the only thing Jim should be doing is responding to the market.
      People would rather see Ford die making Fiesta with V8s rather than grow, adapt, and lead. It’s the reason Ford’s stock was considered “junk” for most of the last quarter century.

      As always, if you don’t want an EV, don’t buy one. Ford still offers ICE engines in literally every model it makes (unless you consider the Mach-E not a Mustang).

  2. Mark B

    Got to say, like him or not, it’s nice to have a race guy at the helm. At least we hope that will keep the fun element in at least some of the company’s products.

  3. William H. Graham

    Keep it up, Jim!!

  4. M. S. Watchdog

    If your not the lead Dog the view never changes!

    Who was the second and third guy’s to Discover AMERICA? Nobody cares!


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