TIM JORDAN'S DREAM SEASON WRAPS UP AT WATERFORD BANQUET
22-Year-Old Honored as Late Model Rookie of the Year and Track Champion
When the 2006 Waterford Speedbowl (CT) season started on a sunny April day, rookie Late Model driver Tim Jordan had no idea what type of season that he had ahead of him.
Tim Jordan's #47 Late Model. (Race Dog Photography Photo)
Jordan had no clue that he would visit Victory Lane seven times and have a winning percentage of .368 - better suited for a powerhouse baseball hitter than a racecar driver with stiff competition. He had no inkling that he would become the first driver in the 35-year history of the division to win the title as a rookie. Jordan hoped to stand on stage during the track’s January awards banquet at the Groton Inn and Suites as the division’s Rookie of the Year. He never dreamed that he would stand there as the champion as well.
“Not initially,” said Jordan. “There are a lot of talented drivers at every short track in America, but growing up at Waterford and watching my uncle (Tom Fox) race there, I knew that there are some real heavy-hitters there. I just wanted to get a race win and contend for the rookie title.”
When Jordan got that first victory out of the way early, and then continued to win more and more races, his goals for the season changed.
“Five races in, we won our first race,” said Jordan. “We found ourselves on top of the point race early in the season and that altered our goals. Once you get in the point lead, you don’t want to lose it. So we kept working hard and kept learning about the cars. We put all of our efforts into staying on top of the standings. We were kind of thrown into the fire, but we adapted quickly.”
Jordan’s impressive season came after sitting out the 2005 season. Instead of showing any rust from being out of the driver’s seat, Jordan just showed more hunger.
“That was a big motivator. I don’t know if it is why we won the championship, but it had a lot to do with me personally wanting to go out on the track and succeed this year. I wanted to show that I deserved to be in that position.
“We took the year off because we didn’t have the resources to move up from the Mini Stocks that we ran the year before. My parents had to make a pretty big decision to either go forward with my racing career or not. Realistically, that’s how you have to move up these days. You need to have a lot of support both financially and with your family. They wanted to help me
move up, so I wanted to win for them. To win for my parents was the big driving force for me this season.”
That only makes sense since Jordan’s team is a small, but close-knit one, consisting of his parents Pat and Debra, friend Ryan Curran, Chris Burton and Lauren Douglas. A few sponsors that include East Coast Electrical and The A Team – Associated Electrical Contractors help get the team to the track, but the team is far from a big operation.
“We have a really small crew compared to everyone else. My father and I prep the cars and do all of the fab work, the scaling and everything like that in-house. We have two other people come to the track for raceday support. So we did this with a small team, but it isn’t always about numbers. If you have dedicated people, it doesn’t matter if you have three or 300, you’ll get the job done.”
That small team got to enjoy the fruits of their labor at the Waterford banquet.
“We were all there,” said Jordan. “It’s fun to listen to other people and their stories whether it is your crew, other competitors or sponsors. It’s always fun to hear people talk about racing. It’s a way of life. It was a pretty good night for us too. We got some notoriety forour championship and our Rookie of the Year title. It was good to be recognized and to celebrate with my team.”
Tim Jordan will return to the Late Model ranks in 2007. For more information on Jordan, please contact Mike Twist at 207-590-1786 and check out www.timmyjordan.com.
Jordan stands with the biggest Late Model trophy of the year at Waterford's banquet. (Jordan Racing Photo)