Hometown: Plainfield, CT
Waterford Speedbowl: Jordan Racing SK Modified
Thompson Speedway: Jordan Racing SK Modified
Stafford Motor Speedway: Jordan Racing SK Modified
Bio: Jordan grew up always wanting to be a race car driver. When the opportunity to drive presented itself to the third generation racer, he jumped right at it. Jordan started his racing career at age 16 at the Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut, a track where his family’s tradition of winning still holds true to this day thanks to him.
From welding, bending, and notching tubing to cutting and riveting sheet metal, Jordan was taught at a young age that you have to be able to build, repair, and improve what you race. He gained first-hand experience while working on his uncle’s race cars throughout his youth and teenage years. He was instilled with knowledge of chassis setup and taught proper car maintenance and assembly by his father, Patrick. The combination of first-hand experience and well-rounded teaching allowed Jordan to build the foundation to becoming a knowledgeable and successful racer. He is also quick to state that none of his successes would be possible without the sacrifices his late mother, Debra, and his father made to enable him to race.
Jordan raced in the Mini Stock division from 2002 to 2004 at the Speedbowl, winning Rookie of the Year honors in 2002. In 2003, he finished the season in second place in the final points standings. Again in 2004, in just his third year racing, Jordan finished second overall with five feature wins, 15 top-fives and 20 top-tens in 24 starts.
After a year off in 2005, 2006 saw Jordan race a Late Model full-time at the Waterford Speedbowl. He became the first rookie in the division’s 35-year history to win the track championship. He won seven races, had 14 top-five finishes and 16 top-ten finishes in 19 races. He won Rookie of the Year honors by default.
In 2007, Jordan and his race team raced a scaled-back schedule. Jordan won five races at Waterford, making 17 of a potential 24 starts.
In 2008, Jordan won three races at Waterford, finishing second in the overall Late Model points standings. The team earned 16 top-five finishes and 19 top-ten finishes in 20 events.
In 2009, Jordan again ran a part-time schedule. Jordan won 25% of the races he entered at Waterford Speedbowl, winning three times. In his 12 starts, he finished with eight top-fives and nine top-tens. Jordan also had a strong top-three run in his only American Canadian Tour race of the season at Waterford Speedbowl. He was rescored fifth after truly finishing second on a wild, confusing last lap yellow flag. He was also invited to compete in the inaugural ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September, where the Northeast’s and Canada’s best 36 Late Model drivers were chosen to compete.
2010 saw a full-time return of Jordan Racing in the Late Model division at Waterford Speedbowl. Jordan won four events, recorded 12 top-five and 14 top-ten finishes. He also claimed his second track championship.
2011 provided a new challenge. Jordan and his father made the leap from local fendered to touring open-wheeled competition. Jordan, fresh off his Waterford Late Model championship, and his father decided to sell their Late Model operation to move up to the Modified Racing Series. It was a learning season filled with highs and lows, yet Jordan showed at times that he could be the quickest car and make moves towards the front of the field. He had just three top-ten finishes in 14 starts, but the team’s growth was not always paired with the finishing positions due to accidents. He finished 11th in the standings.
Jordan returned in to Tour Modifieds in 2012 with higher hopes and more success. He had a best finish of 2nd place at Thompson after starting in 19th position and driving through the field of champions. He also experienced struggles with small accidents and damage obtained in typical racing scenarios and was unable to compete in three events due to this. The solid foundation of team members was built in 2012, and for the first time in his career, the same core group is returning for a run at race wins in 2013 on the Modified Racing Series.
After the 2013 season with the Valenti Modified Racing Series Jordan made the decision to return to his roots, albeit doing something new. Jordan announced in December 2013 that he would run full-time in an SK Modified at the Waterford Speedbowl for the 2014 season, with plans to compete also at Thompson Speedway and Stafford Motor Speedway.
Professionally, Jordan holds a Masters Degree in Teaching and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Art (Digital Art and Design). He is currently a high school technology teacher at his former high school. He also teaches as an adjunct lecturer when his schedule allows. When he is not working during the day, he can be found at the race shop prepping the race car for the upcoming Saturday. In his free time, Jordan enjoys studying auto racing vehicle dynamics, as well as turning laps on racing simulation software and building slot car tracks.
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