May 22, 2016 8:28 pm
Updated: May 23, 2016 4:06 pm

New Brunswick family finds the ‘drive’ to overcome son’s death

WATCH ABOVE: An emotional day at Speedway 660 as Jonathan Gahan races the car his brother Jordan built before a workplace accident took his life. Adrienne South reports.


The family of Jordan Gahan attended the opening weekend at Speedway 660 on Saturday to honour their late son.

21-year-old Gahan died while working on March 14, 2014 while operating a track hoe on a work site north of Fort McMurray. Gahan was extremely well-known in the racing community.

Jordan Gahan’s brother Jonathan will be driving his brother’s race car this season to keep his memory alive.

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“I feel like I’ve got a lot of pressure on my shoulders just because everybody wants to see that car do good,” Jonathan Gahan said.

Jonathan tells Global News that his brother built the car as part of a school project, and no changes have been made to the vehicle, in order to maintain Jordan’s work.

Jordan’s mother Leica says she knows  bringing Jordan’s car back to the speedway was the right choice.

“Speedway 660 is a happy place for us. Most of the time it’s an emotional place because this is Jordan’s favourite spot, but it’s positive,” said Lecia Gahan. “Even though we miss Jordan every day, I think this is a positive thing for our family.”

Jordan’s other brother Joshua Paul says the car had to stay in the family.

“I remember my dad saying that he had a lot of offers for people to buy the car, but the only thing that made sense was for someone in the family to run it again,” Joshua Paul said.

Leica agrees that racing the car again would have been Jordan’s wish.

“Jordan would want us to keep on going and I believe he has the fastest race car in Heaven,” Leica said.

Speedway 660 communications and social media coordinator Michelle Roy says she’s happy to see the Gahan family back at the track and overcoming the tragedy.

“When that tragic event happened it really affected us all,” Roy said. “So to see their family here together as a family, to see that car going around the track, it’s going to be really special. We all know that Jordan is always here with us, but it’s just, it’s a really good reminder that he’s right there.”


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