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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. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. paul

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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.


    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!!

  7. 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

  8. RWFA

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

    1. Stu

      I agree again RWFA.
      I have followed so many of the opinions on this forum on everything from Jim Farley to the EV deniers to product quality armchair experts. What stands out is that there are so many here that use it as a b!tch session rather than a opportunity to provide positive improvement or informed commentary.
      I worked in a Ford dealership part time from age 16, then full time for 11 years from 1969 through the 70’s. My early childhood was spent following my Dad around the parts and service areas of the earliest 2 Ford dealerships in my hometown area.
      I left to work in construction and became a contractor doing infrastructure work in the largest GM plants in Canada. The reason I share this is, these two huge companies have much in common but still compete fiercely for our dollars. If you believe anyone of them doesn’t care or pay attention to product improvement or market forces or building a good car, then you have no idea how this industry works.
      Having owned many Fords and a few GM products, I have done my research and have my favourites, Ford has prevailed but that is my choice.
      Ford built my first car, a 1964 Fairlane, my first new car, a 1971 Capri, my racecar, a 1964 Anglia, my Shelby GT500 and my most recent Mach E.
      I doubt there are many on this forum who have driven, competed and wrenched the broad range of vehicles I have.
      With all that said, gentlemen and ladies, do your homework and research before you share your perspective. My dad used to say, if you don’t know the subject, keep quiet and let people think you are an idiot or open your mouth and remove all doubt.


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