Eddie Jordan
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"Edmund Patrick "Eddie" Jordan", also known as ""EJ"" is an Irish former motorsport team boss, businessman, entrepreneur, musician and mentor. He was the founder and owner of Jordan Grand Prix, a Formula One constructor which operated from 1991 to 2005. He is currently the lead analyst for Formula One coverage on the BBC.

Born in Dublin, Jordan initially considered becoming a priest due to his religious background, and later a dentist before eventually working for the Bank of Ireland. He discovered go-kart racing on a working holiday in Jersey, later entering the Irish Kart Championship in 1971, which he won. A move to Formula Ford in 1974 resulted in consistency over two years and later he entered the Formula Atlantic and Formula Three championships. In 1979 Jordan founded Eddie Jordan Racing, entering motor races across the United Kingdom and later moving into Formula 3000. In 1991 Jordan established a new team Jordan Grand Prix which raced in Formula One motor racing from 1991 until selling the team to Russians/Russian-Canada/Canadian businessman Alex Shnaider, who renamed the team MF1 Racing/Midland in 2006.

In 2009 Jordan returned as an analyst for the BBC's Formula One coverage alongside former Formula One driver David Coulthard and journalist Jake Humphrey becoming known for breaking stories before they were confirmed by teams.

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We're giving up too many points. We ran our offence well. We didn't respond when they attacked us.

He's a professional. He probably made a slight mistake by going public before he had a conversation with the GM, but I've said all along he's been a professional on the floor at practice, in the locker room, on the planes, on busses. I never saw any real unhappiness or anything like that.

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We just had some poor possessions offensively down the stretch. The last four, five possessions, we didn't have to make a big play, we just had to make normal plays, and we didn't come up with it.