Racing To Pursue A Dream
Racing To Pursue A Dream
Hillspeed with Cliff Dempsey Racing
Jordan told his Mum and Dad he wanted to be a racing driver after visiting the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2012.
His Dad, encouraging his enthusiasm, took him to Thruxton race track to have a go. With no prior experience, Jordan sat at the wheel of a Honda Cadet kart for four training sessions. By the end of fourth session he had broken the lap record, the instructor advised his Dad to get him into racing as soon as possible. Jordan won his first championship he participated in at Buckmore Park and immediately progressed into The Super One British Championship. However…
Jordan wanted to race cars and at the age of just 13, Jordan attended the Skip Barber School of Racing in the USA. On his first stay and first time ever in a car, Jordan was 2nd fastest out of 24 classmates. On his second visit, he went fastest and from there his US racing journey began.
In May 2015 Jordan turned 14 years old and became the youngest professional racing driver in the world, he was now able to race in the US F1600 National Championship. Missing the first six races of the 2015 season due to age restrictions, Jordan took the Championship by storm, winning 7 races from the remaining 15 and 10 podiums in all.
Not only breaking the record number of wins in the series history but also becoming the youngest ever British Racing Driver to win in a single seater.
2016 was a further year spent in the US, still only 14 years old Jordan became the youngest ever on the podium in the Mazda Road to Indy USF2000 program in his first race weekend at his first street circuit in St. Petersburg Florida, however financial issues within the team combined with mechanical issues meant Jordan could not fulfil his potential and brought the season to an early close.
Still only 15 years old Jordan now returns home and to the next challenge and step up the ladder - British Formula 3.
2017 will give Jordan the opportunity to race on home soil for the very first time, but yet again he will miss the first six races as he waits for his sixteenth birthday in May. He will race in the BRDC F3 Championship with Hillspeed/Cliff Dempsey Racing driving the 230BHP Tatus chassis. Again Jordan will be the youngest in the series and will have 18 races from the end of May to show his potential.
Jordan says “ last season was a big disappointment to me, I have learnt that it is a team sport and many things are beyond my control, but my confidence and mojo are back and I can’t wait to get racing again, I’m working harder and I am more focused than ever before.”
Cooper Tires USF2000 powered by Mazda
Mazda Road to Indy
For 2016, Jordan stayed with the same team as he stepped up to USF2000, the first rung of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder. After breaking another record, on his debut weekend at St. Petersburg street circuit, he once again became the youngest ever podium finisher in series history, however shortly after, the season took a quick change in direction with financial issues within the team that resulted in the original owners having to repossess the team and numerous mechanical issues meant Jordan had little opportunity to show his full potential. A decision was made to cut short the season and start preparing for 2017.
Jordan’s debut in racing cars, started in the US F1600 Formula F Championship at Virginia International Raceway, having missed 6 races already in the season waiting for his fourteenth birthday, Jordan took the series the series by storm breaking record after record.
24 other drivers had already started the season including the Canadian F1600 champion and the Australian F1600 champion (24-year-old Scott Andrews who had already won five of the first six races). Scott won two more races during Jordan’s debut weekend pretty much securing the championship but Scott could not win again with Jordan dominating the series from there on, Jordan finished on the podium in all of the last 10 races of the championship, seven of them as the winner. Taking him to fourth in the championship overall left him wondering what could have been after securing over 100 points more than any other driver from the time he entered the Championship.
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