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Jonathan Ingram, Senior Writer

Jonathan Ingram has been writing full-time about the world’s major motor racing series and events since 1983 for newspapers, magazines and web sites. He has written five books, including biographies of Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Danica Patrick. Among his awards are recognition from the National Motorsports Press Association for columns and feature writing.

Articles by Jonathan Ingram

Flat Spot On: Ford Claims Le Mans in ’66, Then Stumbles
Saturday, Jun 18, 2016 – 20:45 | Comments Off on Flat Spot On: Ford Claims Le Mans in ’66, Then Stumbles
Flat Spot On: Ford Claims Le Mans in ’66, Then Stumbles

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
As the celebration of Ford’s return to Le Mans continues with the outstanding showing of the new Ford GT, it’s worthwhile to look back 50 years, if only to recognize a different time and era. It was a time when racing men and their cars were giants, especially the Ford […]

Flat Spot On: New Beginning And A Surprise Ending
Sunday, May 29, 2016 – 19:35 | Comments Off on Flat Spot On: New Beginning And A Surprise Ending
Flat Spot On: New Beginning And A Surprise Ending

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – The 100th running of the Indy 500 lived up to pre-race expectations. Usually this cynical journalist would refer to hype when writing about the build-up to a big race. But how can you overstate a long-running family feud finally ending in such joyous circumstances?
Under powder blue skies and […]

Flat Spot On: ‘Wind Screens’ Coming for IndyCars
Friday, May 27, 2016 – 19:57 | Comments Off on Flat Spot On: ‘Wind Screens’ Coming for IndyCars
Flat Spot On: ‘Wind Screens’ Coming for IndyCars

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – Race car drivers often say that walking into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway can be like channeling ghosts, because the place is such a testimony to history. Walking into the hallowed venue on Friday, however, I had a different perspective.
I was in the pedestrian tunnel that leads from Georgetown […]

Flat Spot On: Under a Full Moon in Charlotte…
Sunday, May 22, 2016 – 14:31 | Comments Off on Flat Spot On: Under a Full Moon in Charlotte…
Flat Spot On: Under a Full Moon in Charlotte…

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – The Charlotte Motor Speedway bills its late-May racing extravaganza as the Ten Days of Thunder. This year it began with One Day (and Night) of Wonder.
A strange format that included a winner’s purse of $1million left a lot of questions marks in the air as well as […]

Flat Spot On: BoP Until You Drop
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 – 7:55 | Comments Off on Flat Spot On: BoP Until You Drop
Flat Spot On: BoP Until You Drop

SEBRING, Fla. – Item: Five Huracan teams were given post-race time penalties after the Rolex 24 at Daytona, plus Lamborghini was stripped of its GTD manufacturer points and fined $25,000. It is the first time IMSA used the so-called sandbagging rule designed to penalize teams that do not cooperate in the Balance of Performance (BoP).
“Competitors […]

Flat Spot On: Which Way Forward?
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 – 9:07 | 4 Comments
Flat Spot On: Which Way Forward?

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
HAMPTON, Ga. – In case you think this is just a story on NASCAR, it’s not. Please continue, because there is some straight talk here (hello Robin Miller!) that I think all racing fans might find worthwhile.
On a Friday at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, rarely has there been as much optimism prior […]

Flat Spot On: The Legend of ‘Ironhead’ Lives On
Thursday, Feb 18, 2016 – 19:25 | Comments Off on Flat Spot On: The Legend of ‘Ironhead’ Lives On
Flat Spot On: The Legend of ‘Ironhead’ Lives On

(Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from a book on the HANS Device being written by Senior Writer Jonathan Ingram.)
It takes some looking to find the statue of Dale Earnhardt at the Daytona International Speedway. Standing in front of administrative buildings, it’s well off the main pathways to the massive array of grandstands.
For a man […]

Flat Spot On: New Daytona Rises to Opening Day/Night
Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 – 19:23 | Comments Off on Flat Spot On: New Daytona Rises to Opening Day/Night
Flat Spot On: New Daytona Rises to Opening Day/Night

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It was a landmark year for endurance racing in Daytona, starting with the new look of what’s touted as the world’s first motorsports stadium, including nearly 20-foot high letters that spell out the Daytona International Speedway at the main entrance.
Beyond the almost Byzantine new grandstand digs […]

Flat Spot On: Chip Ganassi Goes GT Racing
Friday, Jan 29, 2016 – 17:58 | Comments Off on Flat Spot On: Chip Ganassi Goes GT Racing
Flat Spot On: Chip Ganassi Goes GT Racing

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Chip Ganassi may not have done it all in motor racing yet, but he’s accomplished more than most.
At this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, Ganassi embarks on yet another major challenge for his team with an entry of two Ford GT cars. It will mark […]

Flat Spot On: Gordon’s Last Hurrah Is No Gimme
Sunday, Nov 22, 2015 – 8:51 | Comments Off on Flat Spot On: Gordon’s Last Hurrah Is No Gimme
Flat Spot On: Gordon’s Last Hurrah Is No Gimme

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Jeff Gordon has equilibrium, the kind that results from the inner ear as opposed to the old saw about the seat of the pants. But he also has good equilibrium with his inner self. Hence, he’s a rare sports star who can be himself in a crowd of thundering stock cars, […]