Jordan Noody drives at speeds close to 50 mph every Saturday night, but doesn’t even have her driver’s license yet. The Lyons High School junior knows how to move in and out of traffic, drive defensively, avoid crashes and has been doing so for five years.
Jordan first strapped herself into the driver’s seat when she was 10 years old, climbing into the race car previously piloted by her older brother Jacob, a 2013 Lyons graduate. At the time, the Noodys were racing at Paradise Speedway, a quarter-mile dirt track in Geneva. After two years of left turns at Paradise, the Noodys made the move to Limerock Speedway, an eighth-mile dirt track located in Caledonia.
“Limerock is a shorter track and it makes it more difficult to compete, which I like,” Jordan said. “I like to be competitive and I want to win.”
Every Saturday, the ever smiling, blonde-haired, blue-eyed Noody and her mild-mannered dad make the trip together to Limerock. Competing in a sport which has been male dominated for years, Jordan races in the 125cc Sportsman’s Class.
Once the Noodys arrive at the track’s pit area, their racing family of two turns into a much larger family of other racers, moms, dads and relatives. Competitors come from all over the Fingers Lakes, Buffalo and as far as Toronto. They share jokes, parts, food and fun. Rick said a saying around the track is “the family that races together stays together.”
Limerock’s racing season opens the first Saturday in May with Championship Night the last Saturday of September. However, Jordan’s racing season starts long before that.
“Every year my brother and I go around to local businesses and ask if they would like to help out our racing,” she said. Her sponsors include Studebaker’s, Dobbins Drugs, In Machine, Watson Auto Works, Mack’s Body Shop and GD Young.
In her practice laps last weekend, Noody had to be pushed off the track as the car was having engines problems. After replacing a “fouled” spark plug, her dad tore the carburetor off the two-stroke, Honda powerhouse and discovered some “gunk” in the float.
After starting on the pole for her heat and running in the front of the pack, a caution flag came out a few laps into the race causing Noody’s No. 9 car to have engine problems and not finish the heat. Again her father went into action in the pits.
“We spend a lot of time together, we’re very close, this is just something we do,” Rick said. “She enjoys the heck out of it, this is her passion. She dreams about this from the time we leave the gate until the next week.”
In the feature race, Jordan started in the back row, but quickly moved up to fourth place. She was close to making her move on lap seven of 20 when another yellow flag came out, causing her engine to have trouble again. She was unable to finish the race.
Page 2 of 2 - “The caution seemed to go on forever,” Jordan said. “I want to win, but I come here every week to have fun. Other people may think going out and partying is fun, but this is my thing. I’ll be back next week.”