Photo by Gabriel Stovall
Taylor Jorgensen (left) and brother, Jensen, make up the Jorgensen Racing Team. They are hoping that staring in a prospective reality television show will help advance their young careers on the race track.
McDONOUGH — An ordinary day at the race track for Taylor and Jensen Jorgensen may soon turn out to be not-so-ordinary.
While the Jorgensen siblings were preparing for their Winter Flurry features race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, there were a couple of extra eyes watching them, attached to cameras.
A video crew from Seriously Southern Entertainment was on hand to capture some footage of the teen racers. They came away impressed enough with the Jorgensen clan that the production company wants to create a reality television series revolving around them.
“It’s all kind of new to me right now,” Taylor Jorgensen said. “They were just out there trying to shoot some video of kids and they just decided to pick us.”
It’s just another feather in the cap of success for the Jorgensen family, which truly burst on the national amateur racing scene by staying at the top of last year’s points race virtually all season.
Taylor Jorgensen’s success peaked during the Thursday Thunder summer racing series at AMS where she picked up nine of 10 checkered flags, and finished just one race win away from being the national points champion. She was actually tied in points, but the other racer was given the title.
Seriously Southern Entertainment has already shot enough video to produce a teaser for the prospective show set to be called 3Wide Pride which can be viewed on 3Wide Pride’s YouTube channel.
The next step in the process will be the production company meeting with Jensen, and the siblings’ father Jason at Concord Speedway in Concord, N.C. early next month.
Meanwhile, video crews will be shooting footage of the 16-year old Taylor getting ready to attend Union Grove High’s prom.
“My dad works on our cars here at home, so they want to get video of that,” Taylor said. “Jensen likes to play iRacing, so they want to get that too. They want to see family arguments, family bonding, family dinners, just everything that we do that makes us normal.
“Then the other side that isn’t so normal. When we’re at the race track, signing autographs and all of that.”
After enough footage for a first episode is shot, Taylor Jorgensen said that Seriously Southern will shop it around to various television networks “to see if anyone will bite.” The production company will also try to get NASCAR to get on board as well.
“If they can do that, it will be huge,” she said.
The Jorgensens have rearranged their lives in order to help give more flexibility to establish their racing careers. The Jorgensen pair are both enrolled at McDonough’s New Creation Christian Academy. The school allows each teen to attend classes two days a week with the ability to do home study.
Taylor said that the transition from traditional school at Union Grove was tough at first, but necessary for her success.
“When the original transfer happened, I was a little upset,” she said. “I felt going into my junior year, and next year graduating, that I miss out on those things with friends I’ve known since kindergarten. But it’s good though, because now I can race and I work and I can do things I want to do that I wouldn’t be able to if I were in a classroom five days a week.”
The family hits the AMS track again on April 5 for a day of double features to make up for the last week of Winter Flurry action that got rained out March 23.
And while both Taylor and Jensen may feel a little nervousness about the opportunity — Taylor said that Jensen now is brushing up his television interviewing skills — the family knows that this kind of publicity can only be good for their futures.
“We’ve been working real hard for sponsors lately,” Taylor Jorgensen said. “But this is a great way to get publicity. Anyway you get publicity on TV is good. If one person says your name, 1,000 people will say your name. I just want to stay humble, be myself, and hope that draws normal families to become fans of me, Jorgensen racing and the sport as a whole.”