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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

Troxel’s Career Gets A Funny Bounce Back
Friday, Sep 17, 2010 – 17:35 | Comments Off
Troxel’s Career Gets A Funny Bounce Back

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Concord, N.C. – Melanie Troxel is a woman on a mission. The Funny Car driver may not be in the ranks of the Countdown to One, but that hasn’t reduced her resolve.
“Logic says that the better cars are the ones that make the Countdown and that have been running well [...]

Ingram: Bruton Smith Rides The Old-School Bus
Monday, Sep 13, 2010 – 7:56 | One Comment
Ingram: Bruton Smith Rides The Old-School Bus

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief:
It’s always shabby when a prominent person steps on the fingers and toes of others to promote a personal agenda. That’s not unusual in business or politics. Such back-stabbing and petty name-calling is hardly unusual in motor racing, either.
Track owner Bruton Smith managed to insult everybody [...]

Pruett and Ganassi Ready For The ‘Chip-Slam’
Saturday, Sep 11, 2010 – 16:51 | Comments Off
Pruett and Ganassi Ready For The ‘Chip-Slam’

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Scott Pruett became the first three-time Rolex Series Daytona Prototypes champion while co-driving to a record victory with Memo Rojas at the Miller Motorsports Park Saturday.
The duo of Pruett and Rojas extended their record for single-season victories in the Rolex Series by winning their ninth race in the 12-race Rolex [...]

Rojas On Pole in Utah
Friday, Sep 10, 2010 – 19:16 | Comments Off
Rojas On Pole in Utah

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Memo Rojas, who clinched the 2010 Rolex Sports Car Series championship for owners Chip Ganassi and Felix Sabates in Montreal, won a season-high fourth pole at Miller Motorsports Park in qualifying for the Utah 250. Rojas and co-driver Scott Pruett will each have to drive 30 minutes in the race [...]

Ingram: Parting Such Bittersweet Sorrow In Atlanta
Monday, Sep 6, 2010 – 7:18 | Comments Off
Ingram: Parting Such Bittersweet Sorrow In Atlanta

From the Monday Morning Crew Chief:
Hampton, Ga. – It was readily apparent that the quality of racing has little influence on decisions about the calendar and the schedule in the Sprint Cup in the current era. There was a time, of course, when the show made a difference.
Predictably, this year’s Labor Day weekend race produced [...]

Pole Starter Hamlin Looking At Chase
Saturday, Sep 4, 2010 – 19:51 | Comments Off
Pole Starter Hamlin Looking At Chase

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Hampton, Ga. – The chase is on. But does that mean teams are more focused on points racing rather than a victory in Sunday’s race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway?
With the NASCAR post-season about to start in two races, those who are trying to win the Chase for the NASCAR [...]

Mad Max Hard At Work On First NASCAR Win
Friday, Sep 3, 2010 – 11:46 | One Comment
Mad Max Hard At Work On First NASCAR Win

There’s no Camping World Truck Series race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend, but Max Papis, a recent convert to driving full time in the trucks, will be there nevertheless.
Four years after he began walking the paddocks in search of a way to the winner’s circle in NASCAR, Papis once again will be working [...]

Dyson, Jones Return To Rolex 24 in Lola
Tuesday, Aug 31, 2010 – 15:21 | Comments Off
Dyson, Jones Return To Rolex 24 in Lola

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Dyson Racing will return to the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2011 with a Ford-powered Proto-Auto Lola in a joint program with drivers John McCutcheon and Davy Jones.
The Dyson team plans to test the new car this week before entering the Grand-Am Rolex Series season finale at the Miller Motorsports Park [...]

Ingram: Opportunity Knocks For Said In Canada
Monday, Aug 30, 2010 – 11:14 | Comments Off
Ingram: Opportunity Knocks For Said In Canada

By Jonathan Ingram |Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief:
It was one of the closest Nationwide Series races in history. But it was on a road course with three guys named Boris, Max and Jacques contesting the checkers. And it was in Canada.
This list doesn’t include the perennial story line of the hard luck Aussie [...]

Graf, Dumas Win Red-Flagged Race
Sunday, Aug 29, 2010 – 18:32 | Comments Off
Graf, Dumas Win Red-Flagged Race

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Klaus Graf and Romain Dumas took the American Le Mans Series victory at Mosport in the Team Cytosport Porsche RS Spyder after a red flag for a damaged guard rail halted the race with 25 minutes of the scheduled two hours and 45 minutes remaining.
The leading GTC class Porsche 911 [...]