FORT WORTH, TX. — Jorgensen Racing took on Texas this past weekend and came away fairly satisfied.
The amateur racing team, led by Stockbridge siblings Taylor and Jensen Jorgensen made successful debuts at The Battle at the Big Top, a five-race Legends car competition — with a sixth bonus race that served as a national qualifier — hosted on the 1/5 mile track called “Little Texas” right outside of Texas Motor Speedway.
The duo tied for third in the event’s points standings, with Jensen winning three of six races to balance out two DNF’s, and Taylor finishing with five top five finishes in the six contests.
More than placing and points, the siblings Jorgensen said the opportunity was a priceless one as far as their young racing careers go.
“My experience out here was something I have never done before,” Jensen Jorgensen said. “Racing out west with people I’ve never had the chance to race with before was a very cool experience, and I can’t wait to come back next year.”
Taylor Jorgensen was able to push aside any personal disappointment she may have had from not obtaining a checkered flag in her first visit to Texas by focusing on their combined success.
“My results didn’t reflect the effort behind my team,” Taylor Jorgensen said. “But I’m still proud of our accomplishment as a team. We traveled out west to win some trophies and that’s exactly what we did.”
Perhaps even more than the trophies, the thrill of racing with and competing against each other may have been the weekend’s highlight.
“Jensen and I picked up the track quickly, and we definitely were turning heads,” Taylor Jorgensen said. “I love running on new tracks and getting experience, and racing against Jensen is a lot of fun. It’s like having my right hand man on the track with me at all times.”
That doesn’t mean the competitive juices don’t flow between the two, though.
“Racing my sister has its ups and downs for sure,” Jensen Jorgensen said. “One of us usually picks up the track better than the other, and one usually goes home happy and the other not so happy. We actually got tangled up one day while out there, so there was some family rivalry going on a little this week.”
Taylor confirmed as much.
“I want to beat him just as much as he wants to beat me,” she said.
The duo said they plan to return next year for The Battle at the Big Top 4 with a better grasp on the track and higher expectations.