Dick inducted in Sprint Car Hall of Fame on May 31, 2008
Dick getting the Jim Champman award
Dick with Dave Argabright
Dick presenting an award
Dick with Kyle Larson and Donald Davidson
Dick with Kyle Larson
Dick with Pat Sullivan and Richie Murrey
Dick with Earl and Bernice Baltes
Dick with Buzz Rose, Bobby Unser, Dick, Dick Wallen and Steve Stroud
Dick with Curtis Francois and drivers Levi Jones, Jarrett Andretti and Zach Daum
(L - R) Kraig Kinser, Galen Fox, Mark Kinser, Karl Kinser, Randy Kinser, Dick Jordan, Bob Gates, Steve Kinser and Kelly Kinser at Bloomington Speedway
left to right: Multiple USAC champions Tracy Hines, Jerry Coons Jr., Jordan, wife Sue, Dave Darland, Tony Stewart, J.J. Yeley and Pancho Carter gathered to honor Dick at the IMS Museum.
Dick with Dave Darland
A USAC decal for Dick
“We are saddened by the passing of our friend, Dick Jordan,” USAC President Kevin Miller is quoted on the organization's website. “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.”
Chris Blair, executive vice president and general manager of World Wide Technology Raceway added: "No matter the role I was playing, (Dick) always treated me as though I was part of his huge extended family. That’s what set him apart from the others. It was a pleasure knowing DJ and it was an honor to call him a friend. He made the racing world a better place for more than half a century.”
In 2000, Jordan was named vice-president of news and communications for USAC.
Jordan had been diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer.
Jordan worked with the media and helped preserve USAC history. Jordan was recently honored with an Indiana Racing Memorial Association plaque to be erected at the USAC offices in Speedway. Tony Stewart, Pancho Carter, J.J.Yeley and Johnny Parsons — racers Jordan had helped to promote during his half a century of work with USAC — were in attendance, a testament to their appreciation and respect of his work with the sport.
The following story is by bobby Kimbrough:
A man that held many positions within the USAC organization over 50 years, Dick Jordan has passed away from complications from pancreatic cancer.
Jordan was elected to the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2008, and continued to work on behalf of the open-wheel drivers that he loved. He was inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2010.
He began working for USAC in December of 1968, using enthusiasm as his key tool in the fight for racing causes. Without a doubt, Jordan put his life into his work for USAC racing. Jordan met his wife at the USAC offices in 1973. He proposed to her at a USAC Midget race in 1974. He even named his son Jim Clark Jordan.
Media members have become used to talking with Jordan, the self-described custodian of USAC. Working primarily as the Vice-President of Communications, he handled every very record for every driver and car owner in the history of the sanctioning body.
Jordan will be remembered as a friend to everyone, one of the most respected people in auto racing, and an expert in USAC statistics and records. The Dick Jordan award, named after him, is dedicated to honoring those that have met the criteria of life-long dedication to the betterment of USAC racing.
OneDirt.com wishes to express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Mr. Dick Jordan.
Dick Jordan, USAC’s tireless public/media relations man for over half a century, passed away Friday morning, August 9. He was 74 years old.
“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.”
Jordan began his career with USAC in December of 1968 and, since that day, has devoted his entire working life to publicizing the club’s drivers and events, working with the media throughout the country and the world, as well as preserving the club’s history with his thorough race reports, statistics and record-keeping.
No individual has witnessed more USAC events than Jordan from his time as a child attending AAA and USAC racing events with his parents in the 1950s all the way until 2019.
A friend to all, the recognition from around the racing world because of Jordan’s contributions have been extensive. The lifelong native of central Indiana is an inductee into both the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame, and recently received the Jim Chapman Award for excellence in motorsports public relations, just to name a few.
One of the most respected individuals in all racing media, Jordan was also honored for his contributions to the series at USAC’s Night of Champions in 2018 with the announcement of an award named after him. Recipients of the award will have to meet the criteria of one who has dedicated his or her life to the betterment of USAC racing.