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Ford CEO Jim Farley Part Of VP Racing Sportscar Challenge

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.

Ford CEO Jim Farley and Jimmy Fallon

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.”

We’ll have more on Jim Farley soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for continuous Ford news coverage.

Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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  1. EcoBoost29579

    Everyone is entitled to stress-relieving hobbies and this is Jim’s schtik, but I have to question one with high visibility to the media when Ford has SO many problems at the moment.

  2. RWFA

    You guys kill me. On one hand you want a true car guy to run the company, but only until he acts like a true car guy, then it’s almost like you want him on the assembly line doing final quality control.

    He’s doing exactly what he should, doing job by day, enjoying his family in the evening, and occasionally having a bit of fun on the weekends on the track (while also promoting the brand).

    You guys seem to have no clue how things actually work in a big company in a very complex and dynamic global industry.

    1. Mark B

      Well said!

  3. Steven

    So while Farley is pushing and touting EV’s for the US, here he is racing ICE again! I guess deep down he knows what’s best.

    1. RWFA

      Please stop sniffing the benzine rings Steve.

  4. paul

    you need a driver just holler its in the blood. Trophy up

  5. Dave Mathers

    Farley reminds me of the guy who ‘liked the razor so much that I bought the company’ from years ago. This guy can not only talk the talk but he can walk the walk!! Kudos.

    1. RWFA

      You mean drive the talk!

  6. Bob

    You don’t get to have hobbies when you’re the head of a multinational automaker. You especially don’t when that company “wins” the award for Most Recalls.
    Farley’s not the cfo, cto, coo; he’s the cEo, and as so, you live for the company and everything else takes a back seat. That’s why the majority of them have screwed up families because the priority is the business. He’s not the general manager of the local Lowes, or the principal of some 1000 employee company. He’s the leader of one of the biggest companies in the world and gives up his “life” for it.
    I’m going to assume that everything concerning his racing has a laser like focus on it so it all goes well. Too bad Jimmy doesn’t lend that much attention to Ford.

    1. RWFA

      Your pure nonsense comment seems driven by equal parts of jumbo ignorance and petty jealousy.

      In sum it is outmoded and stupid, and based on a myth.

      Those, at any level, that give up their lives for the company lose perspective, focus, performance, results, happiness and health.

      And are then replaced.

  7. Oleh

    RFWA must be the official apologist for the company….which is doing SO well it’s stock has been stuck in the 12+ range. forever. …shame……

    1. RWFA

      So you don’t have any counter-argument to what I wrote.

      Guess you self selected to earn short shrift. Please try to avoid that in real life.

      You must also be new here as I criticize Ford when I see fit.

  8. Bob

    He’s just, apparently, someone with A Lot of spare time.
    I see that most people do not engage with any of his ill inform nonsense.
    I stopped reading that crap a while back.

    1. RWFA


      I’m just a person who enjoys exchanging ideas with good faith commenters even if I don’t agree with them. Unfortunately there are far too few of these.

      I’m also just a person who enjoys calling out the stupid and/or bad faith remarks made here for what they are. Unfortunately there are far too many of these.

      Sadly your comment here falls into the later category.

      Stopped reading cogent counterpoints?

      Well I guess preferring to wallow in the pit of disingenuous bias, frequent bad faith Big Oil trolling, and occasional abject stupidity is anybody’s right. But how stupid can one be to be proud of that?

      And how abjectly stupid could one be to heed such a call? (Of course that there will always be some sucker devoid of both common sense and/or critical thinking skills who will is a given; FoxNewsMax alone is proof of this tragic truism.)

      But then again, I’ve noticed that the K-street FUDsters trolling for Big Oil wax and wane in response to how frequently I brush back.

      So I brush back because so don’t like the dishonesty.

      A more recent tactic has been “don’t read him don’t reply,” “he’s the chief apologist, or Farley himself”! (LoL). But like you here, none really offer a decent counter-argument.


      They don’t respond after their drive by regurgitation of scripted comments because they have nothing more to work from.

      Their lack of experience seems matched by their lack of vision.

      Just empty heads doing the grunt work for the rapacious empty suits of Big Oil, or a competitor scrambling to catch up by trying to slow down Ford.


    I wish he would get some big motors in the Mustang,build a four door Torino,and put a 427 in a new FORD GT!!

  10. Manuel Alberto Vargas -Regalado

    he needs to be fired.
    He has totally wiped-out Ford and most dealers hate his guts.
    Time for a replacement before it’s too late

  11. RWFA

    Most dealers? Please share with us the basis for your conclusion.


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