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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

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 [...]

Ingram: USF1 Won’t Make Grid in Bahrain?
Monday, Dec 28, 2009 – 7:35 | 5 Comments
Ingram: USF1 Won’t Make Grid in Bahrain?

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief:
This just in from Europe: America’s new Formula One team may not make it to the grid in Bahrain next March to open the 2010 season.
Yawn.
There never seems to be enough of the usual scandal, Machiavellian machinations, Flavio factoids and Bernie bits to fulfill the demands [...]

Time Machine: The Yates Head Bows Out – Finally
Monday, Dec 28, 2009 – 6:30 | One Comment
Time Machine: The Yates Head Bows Out – Finally

(Editor’s note: Time Machine is a semi-regular feature from RacinToday which looks back at important moments in auto racing history.)
By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
When Speed Weeks begin in Daytona Beach next February, it will mark the beginning of the first full season for the Ford FR9 engine. It will also mark the end of the Robert [...]

Lizards To Descend On Daytona
Friday, Dec 25, 2009 – 8:12 | One Comment
Lizards To Descend On Daytona

The defending GT2 class championship team from the American Le Mans Series will contest the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January.
In a cooperative effort with TRG Motorsports, the Flying Lizard Motorsports team’s factory drivers and key crew members will man the No. 66 Porsche entry of TRG in the GT class.
For drivers Jorg Bergmeister and [...]

Ingram: Ten Worth Mentioning Again
Monday, Dec 21, 2009 – 7:35 | One Comment
Ingram: Ten Worth Mentioning Again

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief:
The Top Ten motor racing stories in 2009, according to one man’s opinion.
1.  Jimmie Johnson Wins Four Straight – This is the story of the decade. It only changes when Johnson wins a fifth Sprint Cup next year. (You heard it here first.)
2. BMW, Toyota, [...]

Pagenaud Jumps To Highcroft
Monday, Dec 14, 2009 – 9:30 | One Comment
Pagenaud Jumps To Highcroft

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Simon Pagenaud, the brilliant young French sports car driver, has joined Patron Highcroft Racing as co-driver to David Brabham in the team’s Acura ARX-01c for 2010.
Pagenaud, 25, won three poles, five races and set six fastest race laps during this year’s 10-race American Le Mans Series season with the Acura team [...]

Ingram: Patrick A Threat And An Inspiration
Monday, Dec 14, 2009 – 7:43 | 18 Comments
Ingram: Patrick A Threat And An Inspiration

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief:
I wrote the book on Danica Patrick, or perhaps more accurately, the unauthorized biography. Having watched her race since her earliest days in IndyCar, trust me on this. Once she starts driving NASCAR stockers, Patrick is going to surprise some naysayers.
As an IndyCar rookie, when Patrick [...]