Ford had quite a few racing victories in those early days, including a win in 1909 when a Model T won a race from New York to Seattle, a task which makes even the Dakar Rally seem like a morning commute to work. In 1949, the first official NASCAR race was won by a Lincoln, and today Ford has 16 manufacturer’s titles and 7 driver’s titles in NASCAR. It also has 25 manufacturer’s titles and 23 driver’s titles in the Australian V8 Supercars
series. But the Aussie program is a relatively recent thing, compared to Ford’s initial efforts to make its motorsport presence better known internationally.