Edmund " Eddie" Jordan, OBE ( born March 30, 1948 in Dublin, Ireland ) is a former racing driver, motorsport manager and Formula 1 team owner.
The team Jordan Grand Prix, founded by Jordan took between 1991 and 2005 in 250 Grand Prix races of the Formula 1 World Championship in part. This also famous drivers like Michael and Ralf Schumacher, Damon Hill, Jean Alesi, Rubens Barrichello, Eddie Irvine and Heinz -Harald Frentzen competed for Jordan.
Life and career
Eddie Jordan grew up in Dublin and worked as an employee of the Bank of Ireland. Because of a bank strike in Dublin in 1970, he moved to Jersey, where he first came into contact with motorsport. As a result, Jordan took part in kart racing and won the 1971 Irish Karting Championship. In 1974 he raced in the Formula Ford, where he in 1976 in an accident broke both legs. After his recovery, Jordan joined in 1977 in the Irish Formula Atlantic Championship, which he won in 1978, and launched in 1979 in the British Formula 3 In addition, Jordan took the same year participated in a race to the Formula 2 championship and went under a young test a formula 1 car of the McLaren team. In 1981 he went to in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but could not finish the race due to a clutch damage.
In late 1979, Jordan decided because of increasing difficulties in obtaining the necessary sponsorship to end his racing career, and founded his first team, Eddie Jordan Racing, which mainly took part in Formula 3 racing in the UK from 1981. 1983 missed his driver Martin Brundle winning the Championship against the eventual three -time Formula 1 champion Ayrton Senna just barely. This was achieved in 1987 for Johnny Herbert, who accompanied the team in 1988 in the Formula 3000 and won a few races there from the start. In 1989, the Frenchman Jean Alesi was superior champion in Formula 3000 on the Jordan River.
In 1990, the Jordan Formula 1 Team Jordan Grand Prix, which he participated in the Formula 1 World Championship since 1991. Together with the Northern Irish engineer and race car designer Gary Anderson, he led the team for 15 years before he sold his shares of the team in 2005 at the Midland Group of Russian businessman Alexander Shnaider. Jordan lost his voice, but took care of until the end of 2006 to the marketing of the team before it was again sold to the current owner Vijay Mallya.
Jordan applies in Formula 1 until today as one of the most colorful characters of the story. Extravagant glasses, his toupees, provocative remarks before television cameras, luxurious status symbols, and especially scantily clad models who were invited to each Formula 1 race in the Teambox and photographed grateful of the international photographers, contributed to his reputation with fans in all world at.
2009 worked with Jordan in the DMAX documentation " Eddie Jordan's Bad Boy Racers " in which he helped a group of young criminals back on the right path. In addition, since 2009 he is working as an expert for the Formula 1 broadcasts of the BBC and writes along with the British Commentator legend Murray Walker columnist for the F1 Racing Magazine.
Jordan is committed to charitable projects, such as for a charity for the benefit of children with cancer, for which he put at 400 km back a fundraising event in Spain on the road bike. For his merits in the international sport it the University of Ulster / Northern Ireland in mid-2002 awarded an honorary doctorate. 2012 Jordan the fourth highest level of the British Order of Merit Order of the British Empire was awarded.