Rookie Carmen Jorda was gridded 15th at St. Petes inagural Indy Lights race and finished 11th.
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Birthday: May 28, 1988
Hometown: Alcoy, Spain
Residence: Valencia
Nationality: Spanish

Gasoline ran through young Carmen Jorda's veins and she has been attracted to the motor world ever since she was very small.

She began taking her first driving steps with junior=stage karts at the age of 10, and began her first races in the Valencian Community Championship at 11. After much sacrifice and many hours of training on circuits,she joined the higher categories. In 2000, she was third in the Yamaha Valencian Community Championship category at the age of 12. In 2003, she decided to travel to England to study and improve her English.

In 2004, after returning from England, she did trials and some modeling work. Then 2005 was her first year in the Formula Master Junior, this being a championship of learning when riders leave karts and go on to single-seaters. This championship consists of 21 races over 7 weekends and it coincides with the F-3 and the GT championships. Apart from a good number of spectators, this event is well covered by the media and press, radio and television as all the participants are under the age of 18. In 2006, Carmen drove for the same Circuit, and in the same category since she was 17 years old, in order to be able to enter higher formulas during the following year like the F-3. During this season, Carmen obtained good results and did several tests for the F-3, plus a test with a DTM on the Hockenheim circuit with Valentino Rossi. In 2007, Carmen enjoyed her first F-3 season, the most important national single-seater competition which is acknowledged as being a stage to gain access to Formula 1. She came in fourth place, stood on the podium three times in the Spanish Cup, and was the first woman to achieve this in the Spanish F-3. Since 2008, Carmen has been a member of the Campos Racing Team. She is currently participating with the Hache Team in both the European F-3 open and the Le Mans series.


Interview 3/25/13

What made you start into the motor’s world?

My father was driver, he got me into this since I was 10. With 12 I started on the real competition and then since I have not stopped at all. He saw something on me.

As you are a woman, does this make a difference on the competition in any way?

It deffinitely is a handycap I got used to, I have always had to fight against this.

In the end this is my choice, but certainly, there are few sports around the world where women fight straight versus men, and this makes the effort bigger. You have to win their respect.

What gives you the strenght to keep on doing everything, even when you have ‘mean days’?

I think that in every single sport, people who Works on this subjetcs, they see the life from a different perspective. You are forcing your body into a different level, you would not do so in a ‘normal’ job.

This means that, when you jump into a single-seater you have to get into the limit, and finally I believe that this happens also in my daily life, the same way it happens on the circuit. It doesn’t matter how, you have to get the strengh

How does it feel being one of the few women on the competition? Do they treat you the same way?

In the end, when we are wearing our helmets, we are all the same. But even when you are ready inside the box with the engineers and the mechanics, you don’t have in mind if you are a men or a women; you are a driver. And this is what you have to keep thinking everyday when you wake up. This is the way to succeed and achieve the optimum condition

Do you have any friendshop with the other women-driver? Do you help each other?

I have some friends but not many, most of them are opponents. We support each other in some ways, but when it is ll about racing, it only counts the saying ‘win the best’.

Could you describe the sensations that you feel when you drive faster tan 250 km/h inside a tiny cabin, like the cockpit?

It is not easy to explain, because your body settles into this cabin, and inside is where you do everything, were you show everything you have been training for. The room is very limited but enough to feel perfectly the car.

How is a typicall day on Carmen Jorda’s life?

I work on the trainings almost every day. You cannot mislead any day; you have to keep thinking that el your opponents will probably doing the same you do or even more. Of course, I always have time for my own stuff, as this is what keeps you alive and helps you with everything. But most of the time I am thinking about the races.

What do you think that has been the milestone on your career?

First of all, when I have something in my mind, I don’t stop until I get my aim. But, appart from this, without dedication, discipline and hard work you can’t be in a worldwide championship. You have to combine them all.

How do you combine your driver-model-student life?

Begining on my studies, two years ago I moved to United States and I had to set appart my career, as it was not possible to combine my trainings, my races and also my studies. It was insane. I am concious it is very important to finish it, but I also believe if you are doing something big –specially speaking about this sport- you have to be there 100%.

About being model, I laugh when they told me about it, because I don’t see myself as a model. Maybe Overcoming model, sports model and driver model. But I am not this runway models. My job requires many sacrifices that have nothing to do with that.

Andersen Racing Signs Jorda For 2010 Firestone Indy Lights Season

Andersen Racing is pleased to announce that it will field a car for 21-year-old Carmen Jorda of Alcoy, Spain in Firestone Indy Lights this year.

Jorda, who will be based in Miami while racing in the United States, competed in the European Formula 3 Open and the European Formula 3 Open Copa de España series last year. She had two podium finishes in the latter series, including a second at Magny-Cours, France. She also made three starts in the LMP2 class of the Le Mans Series in 2009.

She competed in Spanish Formula 3 and Spanish F3 Copa de España in 2007 and 2008, becoming the first female driver to record a podium finish in either Spanish F3 class.

She competed in Master Junior Formula in 2005 and 2006 after her racing career began in karts at age 11.

Jorda tested with Andersen Racing at both Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., and Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla., recently.

Her first race as a member of the Palmetto, Fla.-based team will be March 28 on the street course at St. Petersburg, Fla.

"I'm really excited to be racing in America this year!" Jorda said. "Firestone Indy Lights provides a different challenge to what I am used to in Europe, but I am very much looking forward to the journey.

"Andersen Racing is fantastic!" she added. "I have really enjoyed working with my engineer, Walter Preston, and all of the team members. We still have some important tests coming up before the season gets underway in St. Petersburg, but I am confident we will be ready.

"All of the tracks will be new for me, but this is something which I have to deal with," she continued. "I am sure the experience of the team will help me on this front."

Jorda's goal is to reach the IZOD IndyCar Series and compete in the Indianapolis 500. "Racing at Indianapolis will be a highlight for me this year," she said, referring to the Firestone Freedom 100, a Firestone Indy Lights race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 28 prior to the Indy 500. Jorda will celebrate her 22nd birthday that day.

"We're delighted to add Carmen to the Andersen Racing lineup for 2010, and we're expecting great things from her this season," said Dan Andersen, who owns the team with his brother, John. "She clearly demonstrated her commitment and focus at the two recent tests. She showed excellent speed at the Sebring test last week, and lowered her times in each session. She has what is needed to excel in that she brings talent and a willingness to listen and learn, and we know she will surprise a lot of Firestone Indy Lights observers this year."

Jorda follows in the path of Brazil's Mario Romancini, who won two races in Firestone Indy Lights with Andersen Racing in 2009 prior to moving up to the IZOD IndyCar Series this year, and the reigning Firestone Indy Lights champion, Californian J.R. Hildebrand, who was a member of the team in 2008.

Carmen Jorda at Sebring in Indy Lights Car

Walker Racing dusted off its Indy Lights car and hit the track yesterday at Sebring International Raceway. The Indianapolis-based squad completed a very successful one-day test with newcomer, Spanish driver, Carmen Jorda. The 21-year-old made her debut in America yesterday, as she tested the Walker Racing Indy Lights car for the first time. Jorda comes to the U.S. based open-wheel category after spending the majority of her career in Europe. She started racing in 2000 in the Valencian Community Championshiop where she would work her way up the open-wheel ladder. In 2007, Jorda claimed three podiums at Albacete, Magny Cours, and Jerez on her way to finish fourth in the Classified Spanish F3 Championship. She would continue competing in the Classified Spanish FW3 Championshiops for 2008 before moving up to the European Open F3 and Le Mans Series for 2009. Jorda quickly got acclimated to the car and enjoyed it right away. "I really feel it! At first I thought it would be harder for me to adjust, the car is bigger, I don't know why, but it does, so I thought it would be much more difficult, but really it wasn't much different from what I'm used to driving and I enjoyed it a lot," commented Jorda.


Carmen joins Anderson Racing for the 2010/11 Indy Lights series.





6th Spanish Championship
3rd Valencian Community Championship
3rd Open of Madrid


7th Master Junior Formula


7th Master Junior Formula
6th Spanish F3 Cup=Cheste (Valencia)
DTM Test in Hockenheim with Valentino Rossi


Finished fourth in Spanish F3 Copa de España for Meycom Sport with pair of podium finishes.
Was first female driver to finish on podium in either Spanish F3 class. Podiums in Albacete, Magny Cours and Jerez


Competed in Spanish F3 for Campos Racing with best finish of ninth at Jerez.
Finished eighth in Spanish F3 Copa de España for Campos Racing with best finish of fourth at Albacete and Jerez.


Competed in European F3 Open for GTA with best finish of ninth at Magny-Cours.
Finished sixth in European F3 Open Copa de España for GTA/Campos Racing with two podium finishes, including a second at Magny-Cours.
Made three LMP2 starts for Q8 Oils Hache Teams in Le Mans Series.

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