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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: 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 […]

Flat Spot On: Rain, Cold, Hot Racing Dominate Rolex
Sunday, Jan 29, 2017 – 19:30 | Comments Off on Flat Spot On: Rain, Cold, Hot Racing Dominate Rolex
Flat Spot On: Rain, Cold, Hot Racing Dominate Rolex

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA Beach, Fla. –  The absence of sunshine and a stiff breeze did not prevent a heated finish to the Rolex 24 at Daytona. And a glorious one.
The pupil, Ricky Taylor, followed the teachings of a winner before him – in this case Professor Axe, also known as Max “the […]

Flat Spot On: Blue Skies for Rolex and IMSA
Friday, Jan 27, 2017 – 21:09 | Comments Off on Flat Spot On: Blue Skies for Rolex and IMSA
Flat Spot On: Blue Skies for Rolex and IMSA

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
(Editor’s note: Jonathan Ingram has been covering the Rolex 24 at Daytona since 1982. His current book is The Art of Race Car Design — Bob Riley’s biography, memoir and muse on the challenges of being a race car constructor and designer . The book is available at www.jingrambooks.com.)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It could come […]

Flat Spot On: So Long Daytona Prototypes, Hello DPi
Saturday, Oct 1, 2016 – 17:07 | Comments Off on Flat Spot On: So Long Daytona Prototypes, Hello DPi
Flat Spot On: So Long Daytona Prototypes, Hello DPi

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – The 2016 Petit Le Mans was the end of an era for the Daytona Prototypes, concluding a 14-year run as the lead pony in what is now called the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Next year, the new generation of DPi cars will feature 2017-spec LMP2 chassis, manufacturer-oriented […]

Flat Spot On: Darlington or Bust(ed)
Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 – 16:49 | Comments Off on Flat Spot On: Darlington or Bust(ed)
Flat Spot On: Darlington or Bust(ed)

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The first NASCAR race I covered was the first one I had ever seen, not an unusual event in newspaper sports departments of the mid-1970’s. The newest member of the staff, as in my case, often drew what was considered — when it came to stock car races — the […]

Flat Spot On: Bristol Night Race Still Great Spectacle
Sunday, Aug 21, 2016 – 7:48 | Comments Off on Flat Spot On: Bristol Night Race Still Great Spectacle
Flat Spot On: Bristol Night Race Still Great Spectacle

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The double duty gate, which also served as a barrier in Turn 2, lumbered open, allowing crew members, NASCAR officials, drivers and assorted others to walk down the steep banking that tested knee strength and into the infield of the Bristol half mile. At the time, 1992, […]

Flat Spot On: Ford Claims Le Mans in ’66, Then Stumbles
Saturday, Jun 18, 2016 – 20:45 | Comments Off on Flat Spot On: Ford Claims Le Mans in ’66, Then Stumbles
Flat Spot On: Ford Claims Le Mans in ’66, Then Stumbles

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
As the celebration of Ford’s return to Le Mans continues with the outstanding showing of the new Ford GT, it’s worthwhile to look back 50 years, if only to recognize a different time and era. It was a time when racing men and their cars were giants, especially the Ford […]