Ford CEO Jim Farley has a passion for motorsports. A longtime racer himself, Farley has found time not only to drive, but to succeed despite heading a multinational automaker. Just last year, he scored a podium finish at the Le Mans Classic, where he wheeled a Ford GT40 in a three-hour stint. According to Sportscar 365, Farley will once again step behind the wheel of a Blue Oval racer to take on the IMSA VP Racing SportsCar Challenge at Daytona International Speedway in just one week.
The race will mark the first IMSA event that Jim Farley has ever competed in. He will take control of the No. 98 Ford Mustang GT4 prepared by Multimatic Motorsports for the 15-car GSX class. The race car will roll on race-prepared Michelin tires with a Ford engine under the hood, of course. Farley will compete in two short 45-minute single-driver races over the course of the weekend.
Jim Farley and his Mustang won’t be the only Ford entry at the event. He will race alongside Billy Griffin and his No. 14 Mustang GT4 when the action kicks off on January 20th, 2023 with a practice session, while the racing events will take place on January 20th and 21st .
As Ford CEO, Jim Farley certainly likes to get hands-on with Blue Oval products. Late last year, he got behind the wheel of Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s Mustang for a drifting session, impressing the latter with his exemplary skills as a wheelman. Farley has also driven the Ford Pro Electric Supervan, wielding the EV racer’s 1,973 horsepower at last year’s Goodwood Hill Climb. He was thoroughly impressed with the experience, saying, “We just got out of the Supervan. It’s incredible. Zero to 60 in, like, one-and-a-half seconds.”