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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: Racing from Virginia to Georgia and Alabama
Sunday, Oct 13, 2019 – 8:38 | No Comment
Flat Spot On: Racing from Virginia to Georgia and Alabama

The new Michelin tower is a window on pro road racing’s aspirations. (RacinToday photos by Jonathan Ingram)

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer RacinToday.com

ALTON, VA. – After finally arriving in the main paddock at the SCCA Runoffs, I was transported back 25 years. It had been that long since I had last attended a National Championship weekend. […]

Flat Spot On: For a Hot Time, Consider Charlotte’s Roval
Wednesday, Oct 2, 2019 – 8:22 | One Comment
Flat Spot On: For a Hot Time, Consider Charlotte’s Roval

Alex Bowman and Kevin Harvick lead a pack of cars through a corner at the Charlotte Motor Speedway infield oval. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Brian Cleary)

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer RacinToday.com

The temperatures, cars, drivers and tempers were hotter than the Climate Change debate at the Charlotte Motor Speedway for the first elimination race of the […]

Flat Spot On: The Book, the Saga, the Writer
Thursday, Sep 26, 2019 – 8:46 | Comments Off on Flat Spot On: The Book, the Saga, the Writer
Flat Spot On: The Book, the Saga, the Writer

Sebastien Bourdais did not walk away from his Indy qualifying crash in 2017, but he soon returned to racing thanks to the SAFER barrier, a strong chassis and the HANS Device. (AP photo)

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer RacinToday.com

Why would a guy write an entire book on a single safety device? At first blush, that […]

Flat Spot On: Where Have You Gone Jimmie Johnson?
Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019 – 8:53 | Comments Off on Flat Spot On: Where Have You Gone Jimmie Johnson?
Flat Spot On: Where Have You Gone Jimmie Johnson?

Non-contender Jimmie Johnson will spend the 2019 Cup Series Playoffs just trying to win a race. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

We may have seen the last of Jimmie Johnson in Victory Lane for at least the remainder of the 2019 season.

Currently riding an 86-race losing streak, Johnson and […]

Flat Spot On: The Perplexities of Danger in Racing
Saturday, Sep 7, 2019 – 7:29 | Comments Off on Flat Spot On: The Perplexities of Danger in Racing
Flat Spot On: The Perplexities of Danger in Racing

Track workers work to repair the catch fence at Pocono as a medical evacuation helicopter transports injured driver Robert Wickens to a hospital in 2018. (File photo courtesy of INDYCAR)

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer RacinToday.com

Last week there was an outpouring of grief when two drivers died in high-profile racing crashes. This week, there’s been […]

Flat Spot On: Talladega Lives Up To Its Reputation
Monday, Apr 29, 2019 – 8:08 | Comments Off on Flat Spot On: Talladega Lives Up To Its Reputation
Flat Spot On: Talladega Lives Up To Its Reputation

Chase Elliott chased down the checkered flag at Talladega on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Alan Marler)

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

TALLADEGA, Ala. – Maybe this NASCAR thing is going to work out OK after all. A victory by Chase Elliott at the Talladega Superspeedway in front of a big crowd capped a race under new […]

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 […]