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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

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. [...]

Ingram: Oh Hell, It Rained Again
Saturday, Apr 24, 2010 – 17:47 | Comments Off
Ingram: Oh Hell, It Rained Again

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Does it ever rain in Hell? On days like these, one wonders. Then again, maybe I’m just under the weather.
There was a time when a rainout such as Saturday’s washout at Talladega was an opportunity for writers to hang out in the garage with participants in what is now the [...]

Saturday A Wash At Talladega
Saturday, Apr 24, 2010 – 11:22 | Comments Off
Saturday A Wash At Talladega

Talladega, Ala. – NASCAR cancelled Saturday’s Sprint Cup qualifying at Talladega and postponed the Nationwide Series race until Sunday afternoon following the Sprint Cup race.
Central Alabama was under a severe weather watch including tornado warnings amid severe thunderstorms and possible hail.
“We decided after watching the Weather Channel and talking with local media people in Birmingham [...]

Ingram: ‘Big Bill’ Beat Big Competition
Monday, Apr 19, 2010 – 7:13 | Comments Off
Ingram: ‘Big Bill’ Beat Big Competition

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief:
I always thought Bill France Sr. would make a good subject for a one-man show, the kind where an actor portrays the life of a character without much help from anything other than an extraordinary life story to tell.
Just over 100 years after his birth, [...]

Pagenaud Wins With Late Pass
Saturday, Apr 17, 2010 – 21:36 | Comments Off
Pagenaud Wins With Late Pass

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Simon Pagenaud took the lead from a sliding Adrian Fernandez on the last lap to win the American Le Mans Series race at Long Beach. The driver of the Acura ARX-01C chassis lost the lead to the Lola-Aston Martin of Fernandez six minutes before the finish of the one hour [...]