Jordan Anderson Extra
View "A Day in the Life of Jordan Anderson " from the May 2009 issue of Charlotte magazine.
How did you get involved with NASCAR?
My parents bought me a go-kart when I was four, and I started racing it when I was seven. I just got into it, had a passion for it. I played a lot with Hot Wheels.
You're incredibly ambitious. What kind of goals do you have right now?
I've been talking a lot with Humpy Wheeler [the former President and General Manager of Lowe's Motor Speedway] about my goals. He's a role model for me. I want to be in a Sprint Cup car by the time I'm twenty-one.
And you own your own business, too, right?
[It's] called JAR Media and Graphic Design in 2007. My website, JordanAndersonRacing.com, has gotten over 300,000 hits. When I started my website was just photos. I was thirteen years old. Now I design websites and logos for other people.
Impressive. So what kind of clients do you have?
Laughs. I'm just about to make a website for this little five-year-old girl who does cheerleading and dance.
Do you have a favorite driver?
My big hero growing up has been Jeff Gordon. He's not just a great driver, he's a business savvy driver. He's great on and off the track.
What do you do in your free time? Hang out with friends? Play video games?
I have this [video game], I don't know if you've heard of it, rFactor. It helps getting used to tracks. You can race against guys all over the place, live. I get wrecked all the time in that game, I don't know why. At least it's just a video game, and you can reset.
Have you ever gotten hurt in a wreck?
I did break my wrist in Las Vegas in 2004 when the wheel jerked. Some of the drivers say I'm an aggressive driver. That may be true. I think there's no point in doing it, you can't win unless you're aggressive.
Good point. Do you have a dream car?
A Sprint Cup car.