Ford CEO Farley will make professional racing debut at Daytona

DAYTONA Beach front, Fla. (AP) — Tucked in the back again corner of an outpost paddock at Daytona International Speedway stood the main executive of Ford, leaning versus a cart obtaining a everyday conversation with the heads of The Wooden Brothers Racing group.

Jim Farley was donning a firesuit and hardly appeared the CEO element. On Saturday, he was a racer.

The 60-12 months-aged manufactured his skilled racing debut with a 12th-position complete in the IMSA VP Racing SportsCar Problem at Daytona. An achieved historic racer, Farley drove a Multimatic Motorsports-run Ford Mustang GT4 in the GSX class.

It was the to start with sprint race in the new multi-class series that characteristics Bronze or Silver-rated drivers.

Farley tried out to fly underneath the radar and roam Daytona as any other “gentleman driver” and not the head of one particular of the most lively automakers in motorsports. But he is nevertheless the head of Ford, and that is why Eddie and Leonard Wood traveled from Friday night’s NASCAR Corridor of Fame ceremony in North Carolina down to Daytona to observe Farley race.

Throughout the speedway in his motorhome, Roger Penske and Tim Cindric viewed Farley race on a substantial tv display screen with timing and scoring of the event on a next screen.

“I ought to have applied a faux name on the entry form,” Farley joked to The Connected Press. He said motorsports is a vital section of Ford Motor Co., significantly in staff morale. Ford last yr received the Daytona 500 with Austin Cindric and the NASCAR Cup championship with Joey Logano.

“It’s so very good that he is intrigued,” Penske claimed of Farley racing at Daytona. “It’s very good for Ford for the reason that he understands what motorsports indicates to the firm. You know, equally General Motors and Ford have the top rated management genuinely invested into motorsports and how it can evolve in earning a far better vehicle.”

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