The Spirit of Ford award is Ford Motor Company’s highest honor given in its racing program. It is awarded to either individuals or companies that have demonstrated a long-term commitment to excellence both on and off the track. This is the 28th time that the award has been given out. Previous recipients include Lyn St James, Sir Jackie Stewart, Dan Gurney, the Wood Brothers, Carroll Shelby, Parnelli Jones and AJ Foyt.
Handing over the award to Henry and Tom Mann, Edsel B. Ford II commented, “Alan Mann Racing did so much for Ford throughout the 1960’s and beyond. Their passion for excellence led to championship and race wins across a diverse universe of motor racing, including the Monte Carlo Rally, endurance racing with GT40 at Le Mans and beyond, the World GT Championship with the legendary Cobra and the European Touring Car Championship with the Ford Cortina. As we bring the latest generation Mustang to the racetrack for its 60th season, I can think of no finer team to receive this award at this time than the team that brought home the first Mustang racing victory.”