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Eddie Jordan

Full Name:
Edmund Jordan, OBE
Born:
30th March 1948 (Age 72)
Dublin, Leinster
Nationality:
Irish
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

From Formula 3 hopeful to television analyst, Eddie Jordan has always had a point of view and has been more than happy to share it. It was as a team owner that he achieved most – winning in F3, Formula 3000 and the World Championship itself.

Background and karting

Jordan’s early professional career was as far removed from his eventual calling as is possible. Having failed to complete his studies in dentistry, Jordan worked for the Bank of Ireland instead. But watching a kart race while in the Channel Isles opened his eyes to a new sport and he was soon winning the Irish karting title in 1974.

Single-seater career

Graduation to Formula Ford 1600 followed as did a move to the mainland although he missed much of 1976 as he recovered from a serious accident. Jordan’s eye for a deal was already evident and he progressed to the 1979 British F3 Championship when entered by Derek McMahon under the Marlboro Team Ireland banner.

He also made a one-off Formula 2 appearance at Donington Park that year when ninth in McMahon’s March 792-Hart. He even tested for McLaren and enjoyed some success in the 1981 World Sportscar Championship – finishing third at Silverstone in Siggi Brunn’s Porsche 908/4.

Eddie Jordan Racing

But Jordan’s future was already as a team owner. He formed Eddie Jordan Racing in 1981 and the team contested the British F3 Championship for the next six seasons. Martin Brundle challenged Ayrton Senna for the 1983 title and Johnny Herbert finally clinched that crown for EJR in 1987.

Both Herbert and Jordan graduated to F3000 in 1988 and won the opening round at Jerez. The Englishman would possibly have won the title at the first attempt but he was seriously injured at Brands Hatch. Team-mate Martin Donnelly won that race and the team clinched the 1989 FIA F3000 Championship with Jean Alesi.

Jordan Grand Prix

Jordan Grand Prix was formed in 1991 and the 7-Up sponsored Jordan 191-Ford was one of the most beautiful of recent Formula 1 cars. It was fast as well. Andrea de Cesaris challenged for the lead in Belgium before his engine failed. However, the biggest story of the weekend was the impressive debut of Michael Schumacher in the sister car.

Seasons with Yamaha, Hart (Rubens Barrichello qualified on pole position for the 1994 Belgian Grand Prix) and Peugeot-power saw Jordan establish his team in F1. With backing from Benson & Hedges, the team signed former World Champion Damon Hill in 1998 and the Englishman led an emotional 1-2 maiden victory for the marque at a wet Spa-Francorchamps. Heinz-Harald Frentzen won twice in 1999 and had an unlikely chance of the title before the better-funded teams got their collective acts together. Nonetheless, third in the drivers’ and constructors’ championships was impressive for this most independent of team owners.

That was the highlight and Jordan’s fortunes dwindled until he sold out to Canadian steel baron Alex Shnaider before the 2006 season. His team was re-branded MidlandF1 and has undertaken various guises since. Jordan has contented himself playing drums in his own rock band and establishing his new career in broadcasting.