Eddie Jordan is the latest star to join the new Top Gear line-up. Sources from the show have told the 澳门新蒲京娱乐场 that the 67-year-old will be signing his contract in the next couple of days, however, this is just a "formality".

Taking over from Jeremy Clarkson , James May, Richard Hammond, it seems Eddie - along with Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc - has some pretty big shoes to fill. Is he the right man for the job?

Here's everything you need to know about the Top Gear newbie...

Award-winning racing driver

Eddie won the Formula Atlantic Championship

Eddie started racing back in the 1970s. Within no time, he was competing on a professional level and went on to win the Formula Atlantic Championship, which sealed his long-term contract as a driver with Marlboro.

He then signed up for races in Formula 3, Formula 2 and testing a McLaren Formula 1 car.

He founded his own F1 team

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Eddie founded his own team Jordan Grand Prix in 1991

After deciding to step down from racing, Eddie founded his own team, Jordan Grand Prix, in 1991.

Before selling the team in 2005, Eddie signed up countless aspiring young racers to compete for him, who went on to achieve international success.

Michael Schumacher owes him

Michael Schumacher
Eddie gave Michael Schumacher his big break

An array of F1 legends owe their big breaks to Eddie - most famously, Michael Schumacher - after he signed them up to race for his team Jordan Grand Prix.

Other drivers who have won the Grand Prix and have also driven for Eddie include Jean Alesi, Rubens Barrichello and Ralf Schumacher.

BBC history

Eddie was the lead analyst for the F1 coverage on the BBC

Not only has Eddie competed in races and established his own team, Eddie was the lead analyst for the F1 coverage on the BBC.

He was contracted from 2009 to 2015. Now though, his schedule is undoubtedly jam-packed with Top Gear meetings.

Motorsport Hall of Fame

Eddie Jordan
Eddie is in the Irish Motorsport Hall of Fame

Eddie's impressive background in racing has landed him a place in the Irish Motorsport Hall of Fame.

On the 28th March 2012, Eddie was also awarded an honorary OBE in recognition of his services to charity and motor racing.

"What a wonderful moment in my life," he said at the time. "I am hugely surprised and greatly overjoyed to receive this magnificent honour, however it would not have been possible without the help of my family, the Jordan Grand Prix Formula 1 team, CLIC Sargent and in more recent times the BBC Formula 1 team."