2008-09-05 / Education

Jordan Anderson, Forest Acres teen, "Takes Two"

First back- to- back Legends Car Pro division winner
By Tom Poland

Jordan Anderson gives an interview following his win in the Quaker Steak and Lube Legends Car Pro Division. Jordan Anderson gives an interview following his win in the Quaker Steak and Lube Legends Car Pro Division. In one of the greatest comebacks in the 15- year history of the Summer Shootout Series at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Jordan Anderson of Forest Acres, S.C., won a repeat championship in the Quaker Steak and Lube Legends Car Pro Division. Anderson stands alone in the record books as the only driver to repeat as a consecutive champion in the Pro division.

The 10- race Summer Shootout Series presents drivers a stern test. The finest drivers in the country compete using their best equipment. Anderson knew it would not be easy. "I did all I could this year with the help of Nick Pistone Racing to get my car and equipment ready." With stiff competition, Anderson said he had to reach deep inside to achieve this unprecedented achievement.

Finding ways to win is nothing new for the 17- year- old racer. Anderson, who races out of Forest Acres, has enjoyed more than 200 trophy wins, including a Nationals Title in 2005 and three championships in 2007.

Jordan has worked hard to build sponsorship, which is the lifeblood for his racing program. Jordan Anderson Racing, at present, has sponsors from 14 states. Major sponsors include The City of Forest Acres, Dick Dyer Toyota, Leon Jones Insurance, and Suburban Extended Stay Hotels.

Doug Stafford of the Suburban Extended Stay Hotels is a supporter and advocate, graciously allowing the Anderson family to stay in his hotels when away from home racing, a great blessing. To keep partners like Stafford informed on the latest races, Jordan produces a newsletter to keep sponsors apprised of JAR's accomplishments on and off the track.

A Summer of Sacrifice

When most young men are enjoying the summer and working at a summer job, Jordan Anderson was busy trying to build a future. For ten weeks this summer, Anderson lived in Mooresville, N.C., also known as "Race City USA." Bryan and Pam Beam opened their home to Anderson.

The Next Step

The goal for Jordan Anderson now is to go to the next level in racing, ARCA, the Camping World East Series, and Late Models are in the plan as he lays the groundwork for sponsorship that can fund this move.

He's become friends with Humpy Wheeler, long one of NASCAR's foremost promoters. Wheeler has given Anderson encouragement and direction over the years.

Back at Home

Jordan's parents, Clif and Sherry Anderson, and 11- year- old sister, Jennifer, give Jordan full support and a wholesome environment that helps him remain grounded with his head on straight.

Jordan, with his parent's blessings, has elected to undergo home schooling his senior year to better manage the demands of academics and racing. He'll be studying under the direction of Abbington Hill. Anderson then plans to enroll in the prestigious Belmont Abbey College's Motor Sports Management program of studies.

Back to the Future

It was just 11 years ago that a six- year- old Jordan Anderson, dreaming of racing some day, sat in a plain white Legends car at the Lowe's Motor Speedway during the Coca- Cola 600 and had his photo taken. This summer, Anderson built his own show car that was on display for 10 weeks at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Despite all the demands racing makes, Jordan Anderson still finds time to perform community service.

Eight years ago at the age of eight, Jordan met the late Kenny Irwin, a young and talented NASCAR driver whose life was cut short in a racing incident. Irwin shared his great passion for racing with Jordan, and Jordan has never forgotten that. From that encounter, Jordan saw that no matter how far you go in life, there will always be that one person who is looking at you who might just give you hope that can jump start your dreams.

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