Pericak has never raced professionally, but he grew up a fan of the sport and remembers watching the Indianapolis 500 every year with his father.
He said that love for motorsports helped him secure his current role as head of Ford's performance division in charge of the racing program and also vehicles such as the GT supercar, Shelby GT350 Mustang and Focus RS. He's spent plenty of time driving each.
"I love speed," he said. "To be able to harness the power and the speed and keep it right on the edge of almost going out of control, that thrill you get from that, I don't think there's anything better. It's just a high."