Jordan Taylor drives race cars. Rodney Sandstorm worships them. Surprise: They are the same person.

Jordan Taylor has been racing all his life. He has raced at many famous tracks and rubbed shoulders with many famous drivers, but he was still surprised to see how fanatical the sport’s followers can be.

It wasn’t long before the 2017 running of the 24 Hours of Daytona and he was in Brownsburg, Ind., having lunch at a small restaurant with Jeff Gordon. They were supposed to be teammates in the race, and they were on their way to get the four-time NASCAR champion some time in a simulator. “He was approached by fans left and right in just a regular restaurant, not even in a race town,” says Taylor. “I couldn’t believe how famous he was.”

For the record, Gordon remembers it as “just another day,” which makes one wonder how Taylor would have reacted had the lunch been in, say, Charlotte. But nevertheless, a small light went over Taylor’s head. He went on eBay and bought a vintage DuPont rainbow Gordon jacket. (“It’s authentic,” Taylor says. “It still smells like cigarettes.”) He took a pair of jeans and cut them into shorts. Some oversized shades, a slouchy hood, and a pair of Dr. Scholl’s shoes (“super comfortable”) completed the outfit. Then, when he got to Daytona, he approached Gordon in the paddock and tried to appear like a rabid fan. “Unfortunately, he took five seconds into the joke,” says Taylor. “But people loved the outfit, the jorts and the name [I’d come up with]: Rodney Sandstorm. So it sort of took on a life of its own after that.”

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