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.
HAMPTON — If the Jorgensen family has its way, they’ll be making a home out of the Thursday Thunder winner’s circle again this season at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Even if it is someone not named Taylor who’s grabbing all the checkered flags.
Last year, Taylor Jorgensen came one week short of making a season sweep of victories in the Outlaws division of the AMS summer racing series.
The driver that kept her from going a perfect 10-for-10? Her brother Jensen.
She wasn’t upset about that last year, and the 17-year old from McDonough said she won’t mind if little brother ends up besting her this time around.
“I hope he takes my place,” said Taylor Jorgensen, who is moving up to the Legend car in the Semi-Pro division when Thursday Thunder begins June 6.
“Actually I want him to be better than me. I want him to win it each week.”
So far Jensen is showing a checkered flag mentality as he has won five of the last six races. Through the Winter Flurry season and races at Concord and Auburndale, he is currently leading the nation in points, but he said he has his eyes on a bigger prize.
“I’ve been getting a lot of wins so far this year but not a lot of championships yet,” Jensen Jorgensen said. “But I’m trying to go for the national championship. That’s my main goal.”
His sister tied for the title last year. But she said he wants Jensen to win it outright. Both brother and sister plan to use their considerable success as a springboard to greater things.
“My biggest fear coming off of last season was that I didn’t want to be great last year and come out and be bad,” Taylor Jorgensen said. “That’s what I was scared of.
“But I got two top 10s at Auburndale and that was higher than I thought. I’m just ready to race more experienced drivers and harder competition this year. I hope I’ll just be able to go up the ranks and get better because of it.”
Some differences do exist between the bandolero car she drove last year and her legends car this year. In addition to being a bigger and faster vehicle, Taylor said the dynamics of the legends car is going to make her become more of strategic driver.
“You can’t just stomp on it coming out of a turn,” she said. “You have to be more careful or else you’ll spin out. That hasn’t happened to me yet, but I’m sure it’ll be a bit different if it does.”
Jensen hasn’t changed cars. But he has allowed his experience from battling his sister to alter the way he drives.
“I’ve finally learned how to lead,” Jensen said. “I learned how not to look at that stupid little [rear view] mirror when coming out of a turn. When you look at that, then that’s when you start getting loose, or you get out of control.
“I’ve learned that if you’re leading, that means you’re the fastest car. There’s no need to look behind you. If you’re leading just keep looking ahead and you can get the win.”
The Jorgensen siblings have gotten a lot of extra attention as well since the last time they hit the Thunder Ring.
3Wide Pride, a video crew from Seriously Southern Entertainment has been working all spring on pitching an idea to several television networks for to base a reality television series around the young racers.
Jensen said that the progress has been encouraging, as influential names in NASCAR such as Mike Joy, Phil Parsons and Larry McReynolds have shown support in the project.
“It’s pretty exciting to think that a reality TV show could be recording us, our life and everything about us racing,” Jensen Jorgensen said. “It’s definitely become a life changer for us. We want to be like the Busch brothers, except we’d be the Jorgensen siblings. This whole thing is just teaching me so much.
“Since we started racing, it’s becoming way bigger than we thought.”