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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: 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 [...]

Flat Spot On: Grand-Am Takes To Road Atlanta
Tuesday, Apr 23, 2013 – 17:10 | Comments Off
Flat Spot On: Grand-Am Takes To Road Atlanta

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
BRASELTON, Ga. – It’s been a while – and it seems like ages – since this writer walked the pit lane just prior to a Grand-Am race at Watkins Glen and couldn’t help but notice some crew members who were not bound for over the wall duty sitting in lawn [...]

Flat Spot On: 2014 SportsCar Schedule Revealed (Not)
Monday, Mar 18, 2013 – 7:25 | Comments Off
Flat Spot On: 2014 SportsCar Schedule Revealed (Not)

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
SEBRING, Fla. – Top Ten Tweets from the Sebring 12-hour
1. The new name of the merged Grand-Am and ALMS – drum roll please – is United SportsCar Racing. (Soon to be better known as the Rolex SportsCar Series Presented by Tequila Patron.)
2. Big bucks were paid to Sports Marketing Enterprises [...]

Flat Spot On: More Changes at Daytona Are Coming
Friday, Feb 22, 2013 – 19:51 | 3 Comments
Flat Spot On: More Changes at Daytona Are Coming

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Once upon a time, along about Gen-2, drivers quit teams at the drop of a hat. Sometimes they got fired on Monday after a car owner felt his prized, potent entry had been balloon-footed around on Sunday. Even the great David Pearson was cut loose by the [...]

Flat Spot On: The Amazing Mr. Pruett
Monday, Jan 28, 2013 – 15:08 | 2 Comments
Flat Spot On: The Amazing Mr. Pruett

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Has there ever been an American race car driver with a career as distinctive as that of Scott Pruett? At Daytona on Sunday, he clinched a fifth over-all victory and tied Hurley Haywood for the most outright victories in what is currently known as the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
It’s not the [...]

Flat Spot On: Daytona Needs Faster Prototypes
Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 – 9:01 | Comments Off
Flat Spot On: Daytona Needs Faster Prototypes

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – On the eve of this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, count me among those lamenting the passing of the American Le Mans Series at the end of the season and one who appreciates the future of a single unified endurance racing series in America under the Grand-Am. [...]