Ford CEO Jim Farley to pilot Mustang GT4 in Daytona 24 Hours kickoff race


It is not all the time the case that an automotive CEO is a automotive particular person. It is rarer nonetheless when the CEO can also be an avid racing driver. One such case is the CEO of Ford, Jim Farley. (One other is Toyota chief Akio Toyoda.)

Farley has been racing classic vehicles for effectively over a decade, together with iconic Fords such because the GT40 and the Ford-powered 427 Cobra. He has described racing the GT40 as his type of yoga.

Quickly, although, he’ll race a contemporary Mustang GT4 within the IMSA VP Racing SportsCar Problem, one of many lead-up occasions for the 2023 24 Hours of Daytona scheduled for later this month.

Sportscar365 was first to note that Farley is on the docket for the race, which runs this weekend at Florida’s Daytona Worldwide Speedway. It will likely be Farley’s first entry in an IMSA-sanctioned race.

Farley, who will compete in automotive no. 98 for the Multimatic Motorsports group, shall be certainly one of 24 entries, 9 of which shall be LMP3 vehicles and the remaining GT4 vehicles. The GT4 vehicles will compete in a particular Grand Sport X (GSX) class.

Different GSX entries will embody the Aston Martin Vantage GT4, BMW M4 GT4, Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R, Mercedes-Benz AMG GT4, and Porsche 718 GT4 RS Clubsport.

The VP Racing SportsCar Problem kicks off on Jan. 20 with a pair of apply classes, adopted by qualifying session on Jan. 21 and two races on on Jan. 22. The Daytona 24 Hours will run the weekend beginning Jan. 28.


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