William Clay Ford Jr. has been named the honorary race starter for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Ford, currently serving as the Executive Chairman of Ford Motor Company, will wave the iconic tri-color flag to start the race on June 13, an opportunity the 58-year old described as a “great honor.”
“The history of my family is very closely linked to the legendary La Sarthe circuit event,” Bill Ford said. “Fifty years ago, the duel with Ferrari out on the track became one of milestone periods in the history of motorsport.”
The announcement gives more ground to previous rumors which suggested Ford may be announcing its return to Le Mans this year in the all-new Ford GT supercar. A racing version of the limited-run successor to the GT40 is expected to debut either at Le Mans next month, or at the 24 Hours of Daytona in January.