Jordan Wendt Wins 2012 Courage Award
by John Wells
It was a big night for Jordan Wendt of Stoughton, Wisconsin, at the recent Madison International Speedway banquet when he picked up three awards. The banquet was held at Banushi's Bar and Grill in Stoughton on November 3rd.
For the second season in a row Wendt was recognized as being the “Fan Favorite” for the Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends division. Wendt and his family frequently have their car on display at area events and have appeared in several different parades as well.
The fans also recognized Wendt for having the “Best Appearing Car” in the Pellitteri Waste Systems Legends division for 2012.
But it was the third award that Wendt received that came as a surprise to Jordan and his family. The management team at MIS presented him with the 2012 Courage Award for his accomplishments both on and off the track.
“Jordan and his family are always out here at the track asking how they can help. They have done several projects around the track from clearing brush to painting to general clean up. They have brought their car to public appearances representing the track,” said MIS Business / Marketing Manager Jason Tyler.
I have known Jordan and his family for many years. It is very impressive to see what Jordan has accomplished in racing. He might not have the wins or championships to show for his efforts, but for Jordan it’s not about winning and more about doing his best and learning from each race.
It’s also all about family. It’s great to see the entire Wendt family at the track working to get his car ready at four o’clock and still there at ten meeting and greeting Jordan’s fans. This is what racing is all about. Seeing a family together in a positive environment living their dream.
He has also earned the respect of his fellow competitors. “Jordan has come a long ways since he began racing in the Legends division. Everyone respects him on and off the track,” noted Tony Moyer who races with Jordan each week at MIS.
Jordan has battled health issues over the years, but he’s able to put those aside and focus on his racing and still have fun. That’s what it’s all about.