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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: Racing Great’s Long Distance Planning
Thursday, Jan 28, 2010 – 7:52 | 4 Comments
Ingram: Racing Great’s Long Distance Planning

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
What happens when a car company known for its racing heritage gets acquired by another car company where one of the brands is also known for its racing heritage?
As the curtain is set to rise on the circuit racing season at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the question concerns the company [...]

Ingram: Ten Tasty Bits From The Tour
Monday, Jan 25, 2010 – 7:44 | 2 Comments
Ingram: Ten Tasty Bits From The Tour

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief:
One participant’s Top Ten take-aways from the NASCAR Media Tour.
1.  Watch Out Danica – Since NASCAR has officially been declared a contact sport, Danica Patrick is likely to receive more than the usual incidental contact in the Nationwide Series. It’s often that way for rookies (just [...]

US F1 Set To Announce Driver
Sunday, Jan 24, 2010 – 7:51 | 5 Comments
US F1 Set To Announce Driver

US F1 will formally announce Jose Maria Lopez as its driver in Argentina on Monday, a business manager has confirmed. The 26-year-old former Renault test driver has sponsorship in place from the Argentianian government through the Automobile Club of Argentina as well as commercial backing.
Peter Windsor, the sporting director for US F1, has been in [...]

Hall Has Major Wow Factor
Wednesday, Jan 20, 2010 – 19:04 | One Comment
Hall Has Major Wow Factor

Charlotte, N.C. – Scheduled to open on May 11, the new NASCAR Hall of Fame in downtown Charlotte will combine new methods of presentation with over 60 years of the sanctioning body’s history. The facility in downtown is still under construction, but a tour given to media equipped with souvenir hard hats revealed a state-of-the-art [...]

Ingram: The Race Is On At USF1
Wednesday, Jan 20, 2010 – 8:28 | 5 Comments
Ingram: The Race Is On At USF1

Huntersville, N.C. – Will USF1 make it to the grid in Bahrain at the Formula One season opener on March 14?
A walk through the team’s shops as a guest of PR rep Dan Passe just seven weeks before the first session in Bahrain does not necessarily answer that question. The team’s first carbon fiber tub [...]

Ingram: Will The Racing Get Better?
Monday, Jan 18, 2010 – 7:34 | 6 Comments
Ingram: Will The Racing Get Better?

Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief:
At one of the toughest times for motor racing series around the world, it bears asking why some series have continued to sustain their dominant status and others have continued to merely muddle along or in some cases have disappeared.
Exhibit A is NASCAR, where there’s enough [...]

No Looking Back: Andretti Eyes The Big Two Of 500s
Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 – 15:36 | Comments Off
No Looking Back: Andretti Eyes The Big Two Of 500s

Nobody ever bridged the gap between Indy car racing and NASCAR the way John Andretti did in 1994 when he become the first driver to compete at the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte on the same day.
For a second straight year, Andretti will again divide his time between the Indy 500 and [...]

Ingram: Winter Chill Slams Racing
Monday, Jan 11, 2010 – 8:11 | Comments Off
Ingram: Winter Chill Slams Racing

From the Monday Morning Crew Chief:
There are some things I’ll miss in the coming NASCAR season, but January testing at Daytona is not one of them.
Testing at Daytona in the dead of winter is a lot like qualifying for 500-mile races. It has more to do with publicity than with racing. How absurd to spend [...]

FIA Gives USF1 OK To Test
Friday, Jan 8, 2010 – 18:22 | 3 Comments
FIA Gives USF1 OK To Test

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The US F1 team’s new car will run its first test at the Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama in early February. The team has sought and been granted a dispensation to test outside of the three venues in Spain designated by the FIA for pre-season testing.
“We got the dispensation from [...]

Ingram: The Push Is On To Fix The COTs
Monday, Jan 4, 2010 – 8:22 | 4 Comments
Ingram: The Push Is On To Fix The COTs

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief:
When Smokey Yunick brought his Chevy to Daytona in 1968, the year after his little ol’ Chevelle beat the mighty factory teams of Chrysler and Ford to the pole for the 500, he ran into some opposition from Bill Gazaway, the director of the NASCAR garage.
After [...]