Eddie Jordan

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Eddie Jordan at the Hockenheimring (2009)
Jordan's signature

Edmund "Eddie" Jordan , OBE (born March 30, 1948 in Dublin , Ireland ) is a former Irish racing driver , motorsport manager and Formula 1 team owner.

The Jordan Grand Prix racing team, founded by Jordan, took part in 250 Grand Prix races for the Formula 1 World Championship between 1991 and 2005. Well-known drivers such as Michael and Ralf Schumacher , Damon Hill , Jean Alesi , Rubens Barrichello , Eddie Irvine and Heinz-Harald Frentzen also competed for Jordan.

life and career

Racing driver

Eddie Jordan grew up in Dublin and initially worked as an employee of the Bank of Ireland . Because of a bank strike in Dublin in 1970, he moved to Jersey , where he came into contact with motorsport for the first time. As a result, Jordan took part in kart races and in 1971 won the Irish kart championship. From 1974 he started in Formula Ford , where he broke both legs in an accident in 1976. After his recovery, Jordan moved to the Irish Formula Atlantic Championship in 1977 , which he won in 1978, and started in British Formula 3 from 1979 . In the same year, Jordan also took part in a race for the Formula 2 championship and drove a Formula 1 car from the McLaren team as part of a youth test . In 1981 he entered the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but could not finish the race due to a damaged clutch.

Team manager

At the end of 1979, Jordan decided to end his active racing career due to increasing difficulties in obtaining the necessary sponsorship money and founded his first team, Eddie Jordan Racing , which from 1981 mainly participated in Formula 3 races in Great Britain. In 1983 his driver Martin Brundle narrowly missed winning the championship against the later three-time Formula 1 world champion Ayrton Senna . That was achieved in 1987 for Johnny Herbert , who accompanied the team into Formula 3000 in 1988 and won several races there straight away. In 1989 the Frenchman Jean Alesi became the superior Formula 3000 champion on Jordan.

formula 1

In 1990 Jordan founded the Formula 1 team Jordan Grand Prix , with which he took part in the Formula 1 World Championship from 1991. Together with the Northern Irish engineer and racing car designer Gary Anderson he led the team for 15 years before he sold his shares in the team to the Midland Group of the Russian businessman Alexander Shnaider in 2005 . Jordan lost his say, but continued to market the team until the end of 2006, before it was sold again to Indian businessman Vijay Mallya , who ran it as Force India from 2008 to mid-2018 . Today Jordan's former racing team is owned by Lawrence Stroll and continues to compete in the Formula 1 World Championship as Racing Point .

In Formula 1, Jordan is still one of the most colorful personalities in history. Extravagant glasses, his toupees , provocative statements in front of television cameras, luxurious status symbols, and above all scantily clad models, who were invited to the team box for every Formula 1 race and gratefully photographed by the international photographers, all contributed to his popularity among fans World at.

Racing expert

In 2009 Jordan starred in the DMAX documentary "Eddie Jordan's Bad Boy Racers" , in which he helped a group of juvenile criminals back on track. He has also been an expert on the BBC 's Formula 1 broadcasts since 2009 and writes columns for F1 Racing Magazine with British commentator legend Murray Walker .


Jordan is involved in charitable projects, such as an aid organization for children with cancer, for which he covered 400 kilometers on a racing bike at a benefit event in Spain. The University of Ulster / Northern Ireland awarded him an honorary doctorate in mid-2002 for his services to international sport . In 2012, Jordan was awarded the fourth highest tier of the Order of the British Empire .

Eddie Jordan lives in Oxford , England with his wife Marie and their four children . He is also the drummer in the band "Eddie & The Robbers".


Le Mans results

year team vehicle Teammate Teammate placement Failure reason
1981 United KingdomUnited Kingdom Emka Productions BMW M1 United KingdomUnited Kingdom David Hobbs United KingdomUnited Kingdom Steve O'Rourke failure Clutch damage

Web links

Commons : Eddie Jordan  - Collection of Images, Videos and Audio Files


  1. "Order of Knights and a new project for Jordan" (Motorsport-Total.com on March 28, 2012)
  2. Eddie Jordan / Biography (eddiejordan.com)
  3. Eddie & The Robbers (eddieandtherobbers.com)