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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: Almirola Brings Home Bacon for SHR
Monday, Oct 15, 2018 – 8:09 | No Comment
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 | No Comment
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 […]

Flat Spot On: Rainy Atlanta Sets Up Sunny Vegas
Wednesday, Feb 28, 2018 – 8:19 | Comments Off on Flat Spot On: Rainy Atlanta Sets Up Sunny Vegas
Flat Spot On: Rainy Atlanta Sets Up Sunny Vegas

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NASCAR in 280 characters (or less):
It’s eternally amazing that Atlanta Motor Speedway, one of NASCAR’s greatest tracks, lost one of its two dates. (The veteran drivers love the high-speed AMS events where they can better control their own destiny due to the wide and worn surface.)
Many in social media were dissed […]

Flat Spot On: Demolition Daytona Done, Atlanta To Be Fast, Too
Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018 – 19:24 | Comments Off on Flat Spot On: Demolition Daytona Done, Atlanta To Be Fast, Too
Flat Spot On: Demolition Daytona Done, Atlanta To Be Fast, Too

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NASCAR in 280 characters (or less):
The Daytona 500 finally lived up to its standing as the Super Bowl of stock car racing. Block, tackle and crash. (At least NASCAR doesn’t have the head injury safety problem that now looms in every NFL game.)
Things are always different on the last lap. […]

Flat Spot On: Sports Cars Are Racing To The Top
Friday, Jan 26, 2018 – 18:51 | Comments Off on Flat Spot On: Sports Cars Are Racing To The Top
Flat Spot On: Sports Cars Are Racing To The Top

DAYTONA Beach, Fla. –  How far sports car racing at Daytona has come since the first three-hour continental race won by Dan Gurney – now the late, great. He drove a Lotus motivated by the starter motor as it crossed the finish line. Fifty-six years later, what is regarded as one of the best-matched fields, if not […]