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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: ‘Wind Screens’ Coming for IndyCars
Friday, May 27, 2016 – 19:57 | No Comment
Flat Spot On: ‘Wind Screens’ Coming for IndyCars

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – Race car drivers often say that walking into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway can be like channeling ghosts, because the place is such a testimony to history. Walking into the hallowed venue on Friday, however, I had a different perspective.
I was in the pedestrian tunnel that leads from Georgetown […]

Flat Spot On: Under a Full Moon in Charlotte…
Sunday, May 22, 2016 – 14:31 | No Comment
Flat Spot On: Under a Full Moon in Charlotte…

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – The Charlotte Motor Speedway bills its late-May racing extravaganza as the Ten Days of Thunder. This year it began with One Day (and Night) of Wonder.
A strange format that included a winner’s purse of $1million left a lot of questions marks in the air as well as […]

Flat Spot On: BoP Until You Drop
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 – 7:55 | Comments Off on Flat Spot On: BoP Until You Drop
Flat Spot On: BoP Until You Drop

SEBRING, Fla. – Item: Five Huracan teams were given post-race time penalties after the Rolex 24 at Daytona, plus Lamborghini was stripped of its GTD manufacturer points and fined $25,000. It is the first time IMSA used the so-called sandbagging rule designed to penalize teams that do not cooperate in the Balance of Performance (BoP).
“Competitors […]

Flat Spot On: Which Way Forward?
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 – 9:07 | 4 Comments
Flat Spot On: Which Way Forward?

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
HAMPTON, Ga. – In case you think this is just a story on NASCAR, it’s not. Please continue, because there is some straight talk here (hello Robin Miller!) that I think all racing fans might find worthwhile.
On a Friday at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, rarely has there been as much optimism prior […]

Flat Spot On: The Legend of ‘Ironhead’ Lives On
Thursday, Feb 18, 2016 – 19:25 | Comments Off on Flat Spot On: The Legend of ‘Ironhead’ Lives On
Flat Spot On: The Legend of ‘Ironhead’ Lives On

(Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from a book on the HANS Device being written by Senior Writer Jonathan Ingram.)
It takes some looking to find the statue of Dale Earnhardt at the Daytona International Speedway. Standing in front of administrative buildings, it’s well off the main pathways to the massive array of grandstands.
For a man […]

Flat Spot On: New Daytona Rises to Opening Day/Night
Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 – 19:23 | Comments Off on Flat Spot On: New Daytona Rises to Opening Day/Night
Flat Spot On: New Daytona Rises to Opening Day/Night

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It was a landmark year for endurance racing in Daytona, starting with the new look of what’s touted as the world’s first motorsports stadium, including nearly 20-foot high letters that spell out the Daytona International Speedway at the main entrance.
Beyond the almost Byzantine new grandstand digs […]

Flat Spot On: Chip Ganassi Goes GT Racing
Friday, Jan 29, 2016 – 17:58 | Comments Off on Flat Spot On: Chip Ganassi Goes GT Racing
Flat Spot On: Chip Ganassi Goes GT Racing

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Chip Ganassi may not have done it all in motor racing yet, but he’s accomplished more than most.
At this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, Ganassi embarks on yet another major challenge for his team with an entry of two Ford GT cars. It will mark […]

Flat Spot On: Gordon’s Last Hurrah Is No Gimme
Sunday, Nov 22, 2015 – 8:51 | Comments Off on Flat Spot On: Gordon’s Last Hurrah Is No Gimme
Flat Spot On: Gordon’s Last Hurrah Is No Gimme

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Jeff Gordon has equilibrium, the kind that results from the inner ear as opposed to the old saw about the seat of the pants. But he also has good equilibrium with his inner self. Hence, he’s a rare sports star who can be himself in a crowd of thundering stock cars, […]

Flat Spot On: A Rainy Afternoon in Georgia
Sunday, Oct 4, 2015 – 8:36 | Comments Off on Flat Spot On: A Rainy Afternoon in Georgia
Flat Spot On:  A Rainy Afternoon in Georgia

BRASELTON, Ga. – When is a road race in the rain no longer a race? Some people were asking that question as the Petit Le Mans seemed to reach a saturation point while precipitous fallout from a hurricane in the Atlantic kept coming down on Road Atlanta.
Funny thing, though. Despite the frequent safety car periods […]

Porsche Dominates U.S. Round of WEC
Sunday, Sep 20, 2015 – 6:37 | Comments Off on Porsche Dominates U.S. Round of WEC
Porsche Dominates U.S. Round of WEC

AUSTIN, Tex. – Does Audi Sport have anything for Porsche’s 919 Hybrid in the second half of the World Endurance Championship season? Judging from the qualifying and results at the Circuit of the Americas, the answer is probably not.
Porsche Team won Le Mans going away in June with both better lap times and fuel efficiency […]