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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: Sunshine And Jaundice at the Rolex
Friday, Jan 24, 2014 – 19:14 | Comments Off
Flat Spot On: Sunshine And Jaundice at the Rolex

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It was the warmest of times and the coldest of times on the day before the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The skies? They were murky and clear.
The warmth emanated from satisfaction that the long-held dream of a single united endurance racing series in North America [...]

Flat Spot On: Red Bull Racing Trivia Contest
Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013 – 12:46 | Comments Off
Flat Spot On: Red Bull Racing Trivia Contest

Each year about this time my wife Elaine and I host our friends who are Formula 1 fans to commemorate the season. There’s usually some sort of contest involved and this year I conjured up this fairly tough trivia contest on Red Bull Racing, to honor the team,
Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.
After 12 seasons in [...]

Flat Spot On: 6-Time, The Intimidator and The King
Monday, Nov 18, 2013 – 9:29 | 4 Comments
Flat Spot On: 6-Time, The Intimidator and The King

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Top Ten “Tweets” from Homestead-Miami Speedway’s NASCAR championship finale.
1. Let the battle begin in earnest – if Jimmie Johnson gets one more title and wins a seventh championship does that mean he’s the equal of Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt? (His status as one of the all-time greats is the only thing [...]

Flat Spot On: NASCAR, F1 Champs on Same Page
Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 – 9:51 | Comments Off
Flat Spot On: NASCAR, F1 Champs on Same Page

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
HOMESTEAD, Fla. –Since Jimmie Johnson and Sebastian Vettel compete in radically different forms of major league motor racing, they initially appear to have little in common other than their winning ways and preference for wearing blue jeans.
But they share more than a few things in common, starting with one [...]

Flat Spot On: Patrick Needs to Mash The Gas
Monday, Oct 21, 2013 – 7:40 | 5 Comments
Flat Spot On: Patrick Needs to Mash The Gas

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
TALLADEGA, Ala. – As an unofficial and unauthorized biographer of Danica Patrick, which leaves me well informed on the subject, I must admit to being disappointed in her rookie season in the Sprint Cup. Always one to index herself up to speed and avoid crashing, I wonder if Patrick will [...]

Flat Spot On: Daytona Prototypes Get Some Romance
Friday, Oct 18, 2013 – 17:46 | Comments Off
Flat Spot On: Daytona Prototypes Get Some Romance

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – Alert readers may notice the dateline of this story. It was once used at a time when the owners of Road Atlanta recognized the name of the little nearby town was a better introduction to road racing stories, which should always have a little romance.
Since the [...]

Flat Spot On: Hanky Panky A Setback For Johnson
Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 – 8:00 | Comments Off
Flat Spot On: Hanky Panky A Setback For Johnson

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
CONCORD, N.C. – Top Ten Tweets from the Charlotte Motor Speedway and the Bank of America 500:
1. If Jimmie Johnson fails to win a sixth championship this year by a narrow margin, he will look back at a “suspicious yellow hanky” that flew with 27 laps to go. (Absent the [...]

Flat Spot On: Snore-dom In The Chase For The Cup
Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 – 18:02 | 3 Comments
Flat Spot On: Snore-dom In The Chase For The Cup

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Top Ten Tweets from the first two weeks of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup:
1. Matt Kenseth is threatening to make the Chase boring by winning too much. (Poor guy still gets credit for creating the need for the Chase format after NOT winning enough in 2003 when the [...]

Flat Spot On: What Would Earnhardt Do?
Saturday, Sep 14, 2013 – 16:24 | 5 Comments
Flat Spot On: What Would Earnhardt Do?

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Tweet me if I’m wrong, but aren’t we living in the age of the Celebrity Industrial Complex?
So it makes me wonder why sports stars such as Clint Bowyer would be so dull as to think any move they make isn’t watched and recorded carefully, if not obsessively? (This is particularly [...]

Flat Spot On: Rally Cross – A Jump Into Big Time?
Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 – 7:56 | Comments Off
Flat Spot On: Rally Cross – A Jump Into Big Time?

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
HAMPTON, Ga. – One is tempted to suggest that Global Rally Cross is all cap and not enough cattle.
Rally cross may be the next big thing in American motor racing – or not – but it will certainly not expire from a lack of publicity. It gets plenty each time [...]