Jensen Jorgensen picked up an INEX Points National Championship in the bandoleros racing division. The brother of last year’s points runner-up Taylor Jorgensen will be joining his sister in legends competition next season. (Special Photo)
McDONOUGH — This is one good example of what it means to keep it in the family.
Jensen Jorgensen, younger brother of Taylor, who came up just short in winning the points national championship in Bandoleros racing last year, was able to lay claim to the title that eluded his sister.
With a flurry of wins at North Carolina’s Concord Speedway, and the Bandolero Nationals in Bethel, N.Y., in August, Jensen Jorgensen made up for earlier losses in Atlanta Motor Speedway amateur racing series, Thursday Thunder and Winter Flurry, by besting his rival Ashton Winger for the INEX points national championship.
“This actually meant a ton,” Jensen Jorgensen said. “I would’ve loved to win Thursday Thunder and those other championships. But even though I lost the littler ones, I won the bigger one. And that more than makes up for the tough defeats.”
Taylor Jorgensen, who has since moved up to racing Legends cars where she was named Rookie of the Year at AMS, finished second in the points standings last year in controversial fashion, despite winning Thursday Thunder and Winter Flurry. But Jensen said his victory is enough to make up for both siblings’ recent racing heartbreaks.
“It’s kind of funny,” said the younger Jorgensen. “My sister won everything last year that I lost this year, and I won this year what she lost last year. But it’s okay. It’s still all in the house.”
And so it goes for what could be one of the best brother-sister tandems in amateur racing. And, perhaps, the sweetest part about it, Jensen said, is the fact that there is no fighting for pole position within the Jorgensen household.
“My sister was an awesome supporter when I won,” Jensen Jorgensen said. “She was the first one to come back to me and congratulate me. She’s not jealous at all. She’s just happy for me, and that shows just what kind of great sister she really is.”
Jensen is going to get a chance to compete head-to-head with Taylor more often next season, as he gets primed to make the jump from racing bandoleros to legend cars — just as Taylor did this year.
Taylor Jorgensen’s legends success began to pickup as she gained experience in the more competitive division of racing. And with her getting a new legends car soon, and Jensen’s benefiting from her tutelage, Jensen said he believes that both have a shot to continue achieving a high level of success while racing in the same division once again.
“Taylor picked it up (legends racing) so fast,” he said. “And when she gets a new car, she’ll be right up there with the front runners. When I move up, she’s going to help me with that transition. And hopefully I’ll be able to do the same things in legends that I’ve done in bandos.”