Tuesday 30th March 1948
Born on this day, Eddie Jordan, Irish former racing driver, founder and owner of Jordan Grand Prix, a Formula One constructor which operated from 1991 to 2005. He was the founder and owner of Jordan Grand Prix, a Formula One constructor which operated from 1991 to 2005. He was the lead analyst for Formula One coverage on the BBC from 2009 to 2015. Born in Dublin, Jordan initially considered becoming a priest due to his religious background, and later a dentist before eventually working for the Bank of Ireland. He discovered go-kart racing on a working holiday in Jersey, later entering the Irish Kart Championship in 1971, which he won. A move to Formula Ford in 1974 resulted in consistency over two years and later he entered the Formula Atlantic and Formula Three championships. In 1979 Jordan founded Eddie Jordan Racing, entering motor races across the United Kingdom and later moving into Formula 3000. In 1991 Jordan established a new team Jordan Grand Prix which raced in Formula One motor racing from 1991 until selling the team to Russian-Canadian businessman Alex Shnaider, who renamed the team Midland in 2006. In 2009 Jordan returned as an analyst for the BBC’s Formula One coverage alongside former Formula One driver David Coulthard and journalist Jake Humphrey becoming known for breaking stories before they were confirmed by teams. In February 2016, it was announced that Jordan will join Top Gear as a presenter. In March 2016 it was announced he would continue covering F1 for Channel 4.