7:00 – Eddie Jordan's birthday today. The Irishman, probably best known to the younger generation as that silly shirt Formula 1 analyst, is blowing out 72 candles today.
Jordan starts his career in motorsport like so many, in karts. At the time – in the early 1970s – he was still the youngest employee of The Bank of Ireland, but in 1974 he made the definitive switch to car racing, first in Formula Ford and then higher up the ladder in Formula 3, in which he riding in a team with Stefan Johansson.
Senna and Brundle
In the late 1970s, Jordan understands that he has reached his ceiling and then decides to start his own team, Eddie Jordan Racing. That stable is active in British Formula 3 with a Ralt Toyota. Legendary are the duels that Jordan driver Martin Brundle fights in that class with a still young Ayrton Senna, who even drives a test for Jordan in 1982.
Jordan has outgrown Formula 3 in the late 1980s. The Irishman buys a few cars from Reynard for the Formula 3000 International Championship, which was the last stop for Formula 1. In 1989 Jean Alesi gives his Irish team boss the championship in the F3000, after which Jordan decides to take the last step.
From Eddie Jordan Racing to Jordan Grand Prix
Jordan changes the team name to Jordan Grand Prix and asks Reynard designer Gary Anderson to draw a Formula 1 car. The result is the beautiful Jordan 191, with which Andrea de Cesaris and Bertrand Gachot appear at the start of the United States Grand Prix in Phoenix in 1991. It is the first race for the Jordan Formula 1 team and the start of a journey that ends after 250 Grands Prix, 21 podiums, 4 wins and 2 pole positions in 2005 with the sale to the Midland of Alex Shnaider.
The team still exists; After an acquisition by Spyker and then Vijay Mallya (Force India), the stable is now called Racing Point and will continue as an official Aston Martin factory team according to year.
Rock 'n roll
Whether it can bring back the old successes and image of Jordan under that flag seems impossible. In addition to the four victories (Belgium 1998, France and Italy 1999, Brazil 2003), the team acquires rock 'n roll status in the fourteen years it has existed.
Not only figuratively because of the great parties it organizes in the paddock, but also literally: Jordan has been a drummer of V10 for years, a band with different drivers, technical staff, team bosses and famous guest pop stars that has become a phenomenon in Formula 1. That band still exists, but is now called The Robbers. Jordan, who turned 72 today, is still a drummer. Rock on Eddie!