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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: Rain, Cold, Hot Racing Dominate Rolex
Sunday, Jan 29, 2017 – 19:30 | Comments Off on Flat Spot On: Rain, Cold, Hot Racing Dominate Rolex
Flat Spot On: Rain, Cold, Hot Racing Dominate Rolex

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA Beach, Fla. –  The absence of sunshine and a stiff breeze did not prevent a heated finish to the Rolex 24 at Daytona. And a glorious one.
The pupil, Ricky Taylor, followed the teachings of a winner before him – in this case Professor Axe, also known as Max “the […]

Flat Spot On: Blue Skies for Rolex and IMSA
Friday, Jan 27, 2017 – 21:09 | Comments Off on Flat Spot On: Blue Skies for Rolex and IMSA
Flat Spot On: Blue Skies for Rolex and IMSA

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
(Editor’s note: Jonathan Ingram has been covering the Rolex 24 at Daytona since 1982. His current book is The Art of Race Car Design — Bob Riley’s biography, memoir and muse on the challenges of being a race car constructor and designer . The book is available at www.jingrambooks.com.)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It could come […]

Flat Spot On: So Long Daytona Prototypes, Hello DPi
Saturday, Oct 1, 2016 – 17:07 | Comments Off on Flat Spot On: So Long Daytona Prototypes, Hello DPi
Flat Spot On: So Long Daytona Prototypes, Hello DPi

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – The 2016 Petit Le Mans was the end of an era for the Daytona Prototypes, concluding a 14-year run as the lead pony in what is now called the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Next year, the new generation of DPi cars will feature 2017-spec LMP2 chassis, manufacturer-oriented […]

Flat Spot On: Darlington or Bust(ed)
Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 – 16:49 | Comments Off on Flat Spot On: Darlington or Bust(ed)
Flat Spot On: Darlington or Bust(ed)

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The first NASCAR race I covered was the first one I had ever seen, not an unusual event in newspaper sports departments of the mid-1970’s. The newest member of the staff, as in my case, often drew what was considered — when it came to stock car races — the […]

Flat Spot On: Bristol Night Race Still Great Spectacle
Sunday, Aug 21, 2016 – 7:48 | Comments Off on Flat Spot On: Bristol Night Race Still Great Spectacle
Flat Spot On: Bristol Night Race Still Great Spectacle

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The double duty gate, which also served as a barrier in Turn 2, lumbered open, allowing crew members, NASCAR officials, drivers and assorted others to walk down the steep banking that tested knee strength and into the infield of the Bristol half mile. At the time, 1992, […]

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 […]