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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

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 [...]

US F1: What Went Wrong In America’s Comeback?
Sunday, May 9, 2010 – 8:25 | 8 Comments
US F1: What Went Wrong In America’s Comeback?

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
In the closing days of the US F1 team’s demise, Ken Anderson made a last-ditch proposal to the FIA requesting his team be allowed to begin its season at Barcelona, site of this weekend’s fifth round of the Formula One championship.
But the FIA decided the wheels had come off US [...]

No Longer Green ‘Shrub’ Is Growing More Patient
Monday, May 3, 2010 – 7:11 | Comments Off
No Longer Green ‘Shrub’ Is Growing More Patient

Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief:
Motor racing, as the saying goes, is a fast-moving sport. In recent days, the “new Kyle Busch” has emerged a winner at Richmond, the contentious anti-trust law suit at the Kentucky Motor Speedway has been settled, Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon stopped fuming (if not feuding) and [...]

Ingram: Gordon And Johnson Are Back At It
Monday, Apr 26, 2010 – 6:26 | 3 Comments
Ingram: Gordon And Johnson Are Back At It

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief:
Talladega, Al. – You can take away Air Talladega by subtracting the rear wings, but Err Talladega lives on.
According to Jeff Gordon, for example, Jimmie Johnson made a really big error. “He’s testing my patience,” said Gordon of his teammate and the driver of the No. [...]