Jordan Vandergriff will make his Top Fuel debut in the D-A Lubricant – PennGrade High Performance Oil dragster this weekend at the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals in Phoenix. Competing in Top Fuel has been a dream the rookie driver has been pursuing since he was a young child.
“I remember being that kid in the stands, watching my Uncle Bob race and wanting to be out on the track. Now my dreams are coming true,” said Jordan. “A huge thank you to D-A Lubricant Company and PennGrade High Performance Oil for making this a reality for me. And of course, thank you to my Uncle Bob. Ron Douglas, Joe Barlam and the entire BVR crew… they’re going to give me a fast race car. The only thing that can make my debut better, would be to take home a win.”
Jordan earned his Top Fuel license earlier this month at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park during the NHRA Nitro Spring Training test session. He made a career best elapsed time of 3.738 at 325.85 mph, which most believe is the quickest and fastest Top Fuel licensing run ever.
“The original plan was for Gainesville to be Jordan’s first race, and we had planned to test again before the Gatornationals, but after how well the preseason test went and how comfortable Jordan looked in the car, we decided to move him up to Phoenix,” team owner Bob Vandergriff explained. “although our schedule for Jordan is currently 12 races, if we are able to secure more funding I wouldn’t be opposed to Jordan running more races and battling Austin Prock and Jianna Salinas for rookie of the year and giving him a chance drive his way into the countdown to the championship.”