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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

Ingram: ‘Silicon Hills’ Right For F1?
Friday, May 28, 2010 – 6:59 | One Comment
Ingram: ‘Silicon Hills’ Right For F1?

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Is the city of Austin the right location for Formula One’s return to the U.S.?
Including other major Texas cities, Austin is certainly a market big enough to host F1 and brings with it the allure of the American West, old-fashioned cowboy values and a new-fangled high tech image as well. [...]

Ecclestone Says F1 To Austin in 2012
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 – 13:45 | 4 Comments
Ecclestone Says F1 To Austin in 2012

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
In an announcement that appeared on Formula One’s official website, F1 is scheduled to return to the U.S. on a purpose-built track in Austin, Tex. in 2012. At a time when New York and New Jeresey were most prominently mentioned as the site of an F1 race, the choice of [...]

Ingram: Thanks For The Memories, NASCAR
Monday, May 24, 2010 – 10:17 | 2 Comments
Ingram: Thanks For The Memories, NASCAR

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief:
The NASCAR Hall of Fame is the sport’s first grand slam in a long time. Of all the changes wrought over the years in the sport, not many can claim to have met with universal acceptance. The Hall is the kind of project that can inspire [...]

Highcroft Wins Laguna Six-Hour
Saturday, May 22, 2010 – 23:59 | 2 Comments
Highcroft Wins Laguna Six-Hour

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Highcroft Racing’s duel versus the pole-winning Lola-Mazda of Dyson Racing ended with 25 minutes remaining, giving the Connecticut team a come from behind victory in the six-hour race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. After the Dyson car broke, the former Acura chassis now designated an HPD driven by David Brabham, [...]

Ingram: Porsche Pushes Hybrid Envelope
Monday, May 17, 2010 – 7:09 | Comments Off
Ingram: Porsche Pushes Hybrid Envelope

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief:
Nurburgring, Germany –  You’ll have to excuse Hartmut Kristen, the director of Porsche’s motorsports program. If you start talking about green racing, he shrugs with his eyes and doesn’t quite conceal his disdain. Green racing may no longer be oxymoronic, but it’s also a phrase that’s [...]

Origins, Part 5 – Take The Car, Keep The Mule
Friday, May 14, 2010 – 7:31 | Comments Off
Origins, Part 5 – Take The Car, Keep The Mule

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
(This is the fifth and final installment on the early days of RacinToday’s NASCAR and stock car racing.)
Beyond the competitive elements of honor and defiance plus the inherent violence of motor racing, why was stock car racing so popular in the Southeast and its predominant populations of Scot-Irish, English [...]

Origins, Part 4 – ‘Big Bill’ Tackles Bruton, NSCRA
Thursday, May 13, 2010 – 7:48 | Comments Off
Origins, Part 4 – ‘Big Bill’ Tackles Bruton, NSCRA

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
(Editor’s note: This is the fourth installment of a five-part RacinToday series on the earliest days of stock car racing.)
If the initial stock car racing epidemic had a specific carrier in the 1930s, it was the prototypical promoter. This was the type who usually wore a suit jacket and a fedora [...]

Origins, Part 3 – Whiskey Trippers And Flatheads
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 – 7:16 | Comments Off
Origins, Part 3 – Whiskey Trippers And Flatheads

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
(Editor’s note: This is the third installment of a five-part series on the earliest days of stock car racing.)
The late Tim Flock, a two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup driving champion from Atlanta and a former whiskey tripper, always said stock car racing was born in nearby Dawsonville. “Some bootleggers got together [...]

Origins, Part 2 – LA Runs First Big Stock Car Race
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 – 7:02 | Comments Off
Origins, Part 2 – LA Runs First Big Stock Car Race

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
(Editor’s note: This is the second installment of a RacinToday five-part series on the earliest days of stock car racing in America and how the sport first evolved into a national phenomenon.)
Prior to the first outbreak of stock car racing in the 1930’s, America’s driving heroes raced open-wheeled cars built [...]

Origins, Part 1 – Petty’s 1st Race Was Family Affair
Monday, May 10, 2010 – 9:26 | 2 Comments
Origins, Part 1 – Petty’s 1st Race Was Family Affair

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
(Editor’s note: In recognition of the opening of the new NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, this is the first story in a five-part series by RacinToday Senior Writer Jonathan Ingram. The series examines the evolution of stock car racing in all regions of the country as well as the [...]