Eddie Jordan

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Eddie Jordan

Born

3/30/1948, Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland

Birth Name

Edmund Jordan

Gender

Male
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Biography

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Edmund "Eddie" Jordan is the founder and former owner of Jordan Grand Prix, a Formula One constructor which operated from 1991 to 2005. Eddie grew up in County Wicklow, Ireland, intending to become a dentist but left school to work for the Bank of Ireland as a clerk.…more

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  • Trivia

    • Eddie took up a position with the BBC in 2009, to commentate on Formula One races alongside Martin Brundle, David Coulthard, Jonathan Legard, Lee McKenzie and Ted Kravitz.

    • In the April 2007 edition of F1 Racing magazine, Eddie dedicated part of his column to his disgust at Lewis Hamilton asking not to do interviews on the grid - only three races into his F1 career! Eddie also accused McLaren team boss, Ron Dennis, of "nannying" the rookie.

    • In February 2007, Eddie was appointed as Chairman of Rally Ireland. The Irish round of the World Rally Championship will take place in November 2007.

    • In 2006, Eddie filmed a TV series called Eddie Jordan's Bad Boy Racers. The 5-part series focussed on eight car criminals, with Eddie providing coaching in motoring and mechanical skills in a bid to keep them out of trouble.

    • In 2006 and 2007, Eddie wrote a column for the world-published F1 Racing magazine titled, This much I know.

    • Author Timothy Collings wrote Eddie's biography, titled, Eddie Jordan the Biography.

    • Eddie is a keen follower of horse racing and an avid golfer.

    • Eddie owns the Vodka brand, Vodka V10, and the energy drink brand, EJ-10.

    • Eddie was responsible for giving Michael Schumacher his first Formula One drive, before losing him to the Benetton team.

    • Eddie is a fan of Coventry City Football Club and has been linked with takeover bids for the club on several occasions.

    • When Jordan Grand Prix was in operation, Eddie's team often used the term "Be On Edge" as a placeholder on the livery when they raced in countries where tobacco sponsorship was banned.

    • Eddie plays the drums and often played with his band, 'V10', at Grands Prix around the world. He has played with such legends as Deep Purple and Phil Lynott.

    • A shark was used as Jordan Grand Prix's logo, before being replaced with a hornet.

    • In 1990, Eddie founded Jordan Grand Prix and the team entered Formula One in 1991 with Bertrand Gachot and Andrea de Cesaris as the team's drivers. In 1995 to 1997, Peugeot supplied the engines for the team. This assisted Eddie in signing a major sponsorship deal with Benson & Hedges and in 1998 he employed ex-World Champion Damon Hill. In 2005, rising costs of Formula One saw Eddie sell his team to the dutch car company Spyker, who now operate out of Jordan's old premises.

    • Eddie bought a kart and began racing, with his first race being at Bouley Bay, Jersey, in 1970. He entered the Irish Kart Championship in 1971 and won it.

    • Eddie originally had plans to become a dentist, but after dropping out of school, he joined the Bank of Ireland and worked as a clerk.

    • Eddie attended the Synge Street Christian Brothers School in Dublin.

  • Quotes

    • Eddie: (revealing he was glad to be out of Formula One) I'm glad to be out of F1 because, in the last year, it has become so politically orientated. It's an absolutely fascinating business, but much better viewed from the outside. God, it was hard work. At the end of the day, we delivered. Only five teams in the last 25 years have won multiple Grand Prix races. They are Ferrari, McLaren, Williams, Renault and Jordan. That's a fact. I mean, Jesus, Toyota and Honda now spend billions and can't even get on the podium. Can they win a race? Not a chance.

    • Eddie (on Lewis Hamilton's effect in Formula One) I think if you look at the figures that were watching the race on TV - and not just in Britain but throughout the world - what Hamilton has done is revitalise the sport when some people suggested it was boring after the Michael Schumacher era. Nobody talks about Michael Schumacher anymore. Hamilton is the darling; he has made the sport exciting again and brought Formula 1 to the pinnacle.

    • Eddie: (on being appointed Chairman of Rally Ireland in 2007) This is a huge sporting opportunity for Ireland. We have a wealth of talent in motor sport, both as competitors and organisers, and being part of WRC will allow us to develop that talent for the future. Rally Ireland also gives us the opportunity to take a fresh approach to the planning and delivery of World Championship events and I believe the plans and strategies we are putting into place are creative, innovative and will become models of good practice within motor sport and beyond.

    • Eddie: (on "Eddie Jordan's Bad Boy Racers") I am deeply committed to exploring the issue of joy riding. We need to understand that social deprivation, lack of family structure and the boys' failure to engage in the traditional education system can leave them with little positive choices in life. I'm not afraid to tackle these issues head-on. I'm keen to show them that there's an alternative career to that of crime. I demand hard-work, honesty and perseverance and, in return, am offering them the opportunity to change their lives.

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