By: Tanner Watkins
August 9, 2019 | 10:00 AM
The racing community lost a respected member and friend on Friday as Dick Jordan, the former USAC media relations director, passed away at the age of 74.
Jordan, who began working with USAC near the end of 1968, was revered in the industry and worked extensively to promote and expand the reach of motorsport in the 20th century’s second half.
Many of the detailed race reports and statistics for races from the late 1960s onward are a product of Dick’s thorough work, and his impact will be felt for years to come.
“We are saddened by the passing of our friend, Dick Jordan,” USAC President Kevin Miller said. “His career in racing was unparalleled and his devotion to USAC was second to none. More than that, he was a devoted friend to everyone he ever met. It is a very sad day at USAC, and he will be greatly missed.”
Throughout his life, Jordan was recognized with multiple accolades – including inductions to the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame, as well as receiving the Jim Chapman Award for excellence in motorsports public relations.
Furthermore, Jordan was honored for his contributions to USAC last year when the series announced an award will be awarded in his name. The criteria to receive the Dick Jordan Award: One who has dedicated his or her life to the betterment of USAC Racing.
Dick Jordan certainly did that, and then some. The Open-Wheels family would like to offer our thoughts to the Jordan family at this time.
Header image by John Mahoney.