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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: Saga of Paul Jr. Well Scored by Novelist Wilkinson
Tuesday, Dec 11, 2018 – 8:49 | No Comment
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 […]

Flat Spot On: Need for Speed Satisfied at Talladega?
Monday, Apr 30, 2018 – 17:23 | Comments Off on Flat Spot On: Need for Speed Satisfied at Talladega?
Flat Spot On: Need for Speed Satisfied at Talladega?

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
TALLADEGA, ALA. – When you arrive at Talladega, it’s like being in the belly of the beast. You sense that something could go bad wrong. Such as Jamie McMurray’s multiple flips Friday on the back stretch. Then you realize it’s those rather remarkable men in their flying machines (sometimes) who […]

Flat Spot On: Q’s Remain in L’Affair Harvick/SHS
Thursday, Mar 15, 2018 – 7:19 | Comments Off on Flat Spot On: Q’s Remain in L’Affair Harvick/SHS
Flat Spot On: Q’s Remain in L’Affair Harvick/SHS

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NASCAR in 280 characters (or less):
At the bottom of the Harvick/Stewart-Haas Racing affair is one important unresolved question. (Did the team devise a way to reduce support for the rear window to get more air to the rear spoiler and still pass inspection – before it broke?)
If an inspection trip to […]