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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: Hubbard, HANS Helped Save Racing
Friday, Feb 8, 2019 – 19:08 | 3 Comments
Flat Spot On: Hubbard, HANS Helped Save Racing

Bob Hubbard, who died earlier this week, was no dummy when it came to saving the lives of race car drivers.

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

The safety revolution that motor racing has experienced in the last two decades would not have been possible without Bob Hubbard, who died Tuesday at age 75.

The inventor of the […]

Flat Spot On: Rolex, IMSA a Long Way from Formula Fords at Pocono
Friday, Jan 25, 2019 – 13:37 | Comments Off on Flat Spot On: Rolex, IMSA a Long Way from Formula Fords at Pocono
Flat Spot On: Rolex, IMSA a Long Way from Formula Fords at Pocono

Oliver Jarvis put the No. 77 Mazda Team Joest DPi car on the pole for the 2019 Rolex 24 sports car race in Daytona. The 57th running of the race begins on Saturday afternoon and ends on Sunday.

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Here we go again.

Hope springs eternal in the paddock […]

Flat Spot On: Saga of Paul Jr. Well Scored by Novelist Wilkinson
Tuesday, Dec 11, 2018 – 8:49 | Comments Off on Flat Spot On: Saga of Paul Jr. Well Scored by Novelist Wilkinson
Flat Spot On: Saga of Paul Jr. Well Scored by Novelist Wilkinson

John Paul Jr. in the cockpit of his Formula Ford.

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Few racing car drivers arrive with as much star talent as John Paul Jr. and none from his own era met such a star-crossed career. It’s fitting that a novelist, Sylvia Wilkinson, has composed his biography.

Titled 50/50 – Race Car Driver […]

Flat Spot On: Pearson Let His Driving Do the Talking
Thursday, Nov 15, 2018 – 9:03 | Comments Off on Flat Spot On: Pearson Let His Driving Do the Talking
Flat Spot On: Pearson Let His Driving Do the Talking

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Longtime radio announcer Barney Hall gave David Pearson his “Silver Fox” nickname, which fit extraordinarily well beyond the graying hair that emerged during his salad days of the 1970s. Pearson was elusive as in hard to catch. He was wily as in difficult to pin down. And, he was fast as […]

Flat Spot On: A Bump from Truex in Logano’s Future?
Thursday, Nov 1, 2018 – 7:25 | Comments Off on Flat Spot On: A Bump from Truex in Logano’s Future?
Flat Spot On: A Bump from Truex in Logano’s Future?

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Everybody’s choosing sides after Martinsville.
I’m choosing Dale Earnhardt Sr. His name came up often enough after the last-lap imbroglio between Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr. that it seemed like Earnhardt, too, was out there racing.
He often took the credit, or blame, in social media for Logano’s bump-and-run. “Earnhardt did it […]

Flat Spot On: Almirola Brings Home Bacon for SHR
Monday, Oct 15, 2018 – 8:09 | Comments Off on Flat Spot On: Almirola Brings Home Bacon for SHR
Flat Spot On: Almirola Brings Home Bacon for SHR

TALLADEGA, Ala. – Aric Almirola made it to Victory Lane at last. A guy who used to watch Jimmie Johnson’s kids at the motor home, who once helped keep Richard Petty Motorsports in business by winning a rain-shortened race at Daytona, the Cuban-American who replaced the Great Female Experiment known as Danica Patrick, and yes, the […]

Flat Spot On: Panoz A Major Force Starting with the Petit
Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018 – 8:13 | Comments Off on Flat Spot On: Panoz A Major Force Starting with the Petit
Flat Spot On: Panoz A Major Force Starting with the Petit

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Don Panoz was motor racing’s imp of the reverse. A diminutive, brilliant redhead with a keen sense of how to get things done, Don was at his best pursuing goals that others suggested couldn’t be accomplished.
Build a bridge between the U.S. and the Le Mans 24-hour? “C’est impossible, monsieur!” But Don […]

Flat Spot On: Live Sports Programming No Longer in Driver’s Seat
Thursday, Sep 13, 2018 – 7:51 | One Comment
Flat Spot On: Live Sports Programming No Longer in Driver’s Seat

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The Playoffs are the talk of the NASCAR town. They will be worth watching – although not because of the constant shilling by TV announcers.
But enough about the short run to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup trophy. What about those long-term problems TV announcers never talk about such as […]

Flat Spot On: What Is Future of Brian France at NASCAR?
Thursday, Aug 9, 2018 – 17:46 | One Comment
Flat Spot On: What Is Future of Brian France at NASCAR?

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
If we haven’t already seen the end of the Brian France era in NASCAR, perhaps it should be under consideration.
The timing of France’s arrest Sunday night for driving with twice the legal limit of alcohol in his blood along with oxycodone in his car could not have been worse. With the […]

Patrick Takes High-Speed Celebrity Road One Last Time
Sunday, May 27, 2018 – 6:57 | Comments Off on Patrick Takes High-Speed Celebrity Road One Last Time
Patrick Takes High-Speed Celebrity Road One Last Time

Is Danica Patrick a racing pioneer? Yes. Did Danica Patrick push the envelope when it comes to creating opportunities for women in racing? Oh, yeah. Did she fulfill her talent? Sorry, but no.
As the only journalist who has written an unauthorized biography of Patrick, I think I’m well situated to comment on her final Indy […]