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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: Does Junior Have Stamina to Win?
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 – 19:05 | 2 Comments
Flat Spot On: Does Junior Have Stamina to Win?

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Six-time champion Jimmie Johnson is often touted as the favorite to win the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship under this year’s new format. But Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the driver being discussed and written about the most.
On the cusp of his 40th birthday, NASCAR’s perennially most popular driver [...]

Stewart’s NASCAR Return Features Highs, Lows
Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 – 23:27 | Comments Off
Stewart’s NASCAR Return Features Highs, Lows

HAMPTON, Ga. – On the high banks of the Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday night Tony Stewart showed flashes of the form that led him to three Sprint Cup championships. It was his first competition since the tragic sprint car race three weeks earlier where Kevin Ward, Jr. was killed.
But Stewart, who needed a victory to [...]

Flat Spot On: A Captive of Success, Fame, Fortune
Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 – 14:10 | 19 Comments
Flat Spot On: A Captive of Success, Fame, Fortune

I’ve never felt sorrier for a race car driver during his career than I feel for Tony Stewart. Usually, it’s an injury keeping a driver out of his race car or ending his career that prompts this sort of response, especially if he got hurt due to no fault of his own.
In Stewart’s case, I [...]

Flat Spot On: Melvin Was A Cockpit Safety Guru
Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 – 7:15 | 2 Comments
Flat Spot On: Melvin Was A Cockpit Safety Guru

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
For a long time established professionals were not welcome in U.S. motor racing. Lawyers were despised due to racing’s vulnerability to the issues of liability and doctors were often feared – if a driver met one in the line of work it probably wasn’t a good thing. Engineers such [...]

Flat Spot On: One Driver’s Career Dilemma
Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 – 6:55 | 4 Comments
Flat Spot On: One Driver’s Career Dilemma

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Can we talk? And yes, it’s about Danica Patrick – but not necessarily at Daytona.
On a weekend when a woman participated in an official Formula 1 session for the first time in 22 years at the British Grand Prix, the question continues to be begged. Will Patrick be going [...]

Flat Spot On: A Different Take on the Indy Double
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 – 9:51 | Comments Off
Flat Spot On: A Different Take on the Indy Double

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – When Kurt Busch emerged from his helicopter ride on the front straight of the Charlotte Motor Speedway prior to the start of the Coca-Cola 600, he walked with a heroic yet humble stride reminiscent of Gary Cooper or John Wayne. Having just finished in sixth place in [...]

Flat Spot On: Talladega Produces Magic On This Day
Saturday, May 3, 2014 – 20:15 | One Comment
Flat Spot On: Talladega Produces Magic On This Day

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
TALLADEGA, Ala. – Talladega bound. When pulling out from Atlanta and heading west, the anticipation begins along with the uneasiness. At the Alabama line, the ambivalence hits top dead center. You just never know what to expect at the stock car behemoth.
On this day, it’s all on the up and [...]

Flat Spot On: Finish At Rolex Was Not So Great
Sunday, Jan 26, 2014 – 15:26 | Comments Off
Flat Spot On: Finish At Rolex Was Not So Great

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Top 24 “Tweets” from the Rolex 24:
1.) Outstanding job by the Action Express team to win versus Wayne Taylor Racing. (And, versus the IMSA officials.)
2.) The late race full course caution for Leh Keen’s temporary meeting with a tire wall was a disgrace, given that Keen immediately returned his Porsche [...]

Flat Spot On: Sunshine And Jaundice at the Rolex
Friday, Jan 24, 2014 – 19:14 | Comments Off
Flat Spot On: Sunshine And Jaundice at the Rolex

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It was the warmest of times and the coldest of times on the day before the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The skies? They were murky and clear.
The warmth emanated from satisfaction that the long-held dream of a single united endurance racing series in North America [...]

Flat Spot On: Red Bull Racing Trivia Contest
Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013 – 12:46 | Comments Off
Flat Spot On: Red Bull Racing Trivia Contest

Each year about this time my wife Elaine and I host our friends who are Formula 1 fans to commemorate the season. There’s usually some sort of contest involved and this year I conjured up this fairly tough trivia contest on Red Bull Racing, to honor the team,
Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.
After 12 seasons in [...]