Jordan Feider is a typical 15-year-old high school student, except for the fact that even though she only has a learners permit, she is competitng at the highest level of racing at Oglethorpe Speedway Park.
Feider drives late model stocks, but she comes by this naturally after growing up watch her grandfather, grandmother and mother all race. "I loved it, I always watch my Papa race, watch my Nanny race, my Mama, everybody race, Daddy Joe, and they finally put me in one and I'm out there with them," said Feider.
Friday night was her first experience in the late models in competition and it is something Jordan really enjoys. "The speed, the thrill you get being out there just competing and having fun," Feider said.
The late models have much more power than the go carts and mini-stocks she began driving and it can be a little intimidating racing against all the guys with so much experience at Oglethorpe Speedway Park. "I get out there and like I'm out of breath, I'm like whooo, it overpowers you sometimes, the adrenaline pumps in, it's crazy," said Feider. Her grandfather, Dennis Morris, added, "She picked up everything just as quick as anybody I ever seen. The first race I went out there I must have spun out three or four times and everything. She ain't spun out, she ain't run out of the groove, she runs right in the groove and she's up to speed."
Now, she's trying to learn the mechanics of the car and learn from the cousin, Eddie Joe Morris, who won the late model stock championship a year ago in the same car. "Jordan pays really good attention, she always listens to what we tell her, she give pretty good feedback, what the car is doing, and we make the adjustments on the car how she tells us," said Eddie Joe Morris.
"It can get rough out there sometimes, especially being a girl," said Feider. "It just makes it even funner being out there running with the guys and being able to run now with my cousin, it just makes it more exciting."
Grandmother, Kim Morris, said, "I think it's very exciting. It's like the family tradition is carrying on. I guess I never thought about it but then it evolved and it seemed so natural. It makes us very happy, very proud."
Jordan's mother is also the track photographer and tries to keep her job separated from her personal life. "When she's out there, I still see her as my child," said April Bryant. "I don't really see her as a race car driver but then as she gets better and better, I'm like, oh wow, she's doing this."
Her family sees a bright future for the 15-year-old who wants to eventually try her hand at NASCAR and be the next Danica Patrick. "She's determined, she's very competitive," said Dennis Morris. "Anything she's ever done her whole life since she was a little girl out here riding a 4-wheeler, she had to be in front, she has to be in the lead, she has to win. So, she's got a real tough competitive edge about her to succeed."
"I think the biggest thrill I get out of all of this is the smile on my dad's face to see him be able to continue in the sport and pass it down from generation to generation," said Bryant.