Edsel Ford II
- Awarded: 2020
There are few names as iconic in the sport of auto racing as Edsel Ford II.
A member of the Ford Motor Company Board of Directors and longtime executive of the company founded by his great-grandfather Henry Ford, Edsel’s is a familiar face in the racing garage. Ford’s support of NASCAR has been both behind the scenes with the Ford Motor Company but also out in front where he is greeted warmly by the sport’s competitors, executives, team owners and fans at any race track he visits. He makes a point to check in regularly – in person – with all the NASCAR Ford teams and the excitement and commitment to the sport is palpable. His leadership at Ford includes time as President and Chief Operating Officer (May, 1991-1998) and a Director of International Speedway Corporation (November, 2007-October, 2015). Ford has been a viable and very public supporter of the sport of auto racing as counts one of his proudest moments as being on the Voting Panel for the NASCAR Hall of Fame.