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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

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 [...]

Montoya Masters Short Game, Climbs To Top
Sunday, Dec 13, 2009 – 8:07 | Comments Off
Montoya Masters Short Game, Climbs To Top

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Juan Pablo Montoya is not often confused with the game of golf. But according to team co-owner Chip Ganassi, Montoya’s breakout season in 2009 had a lot to do with pitching and putting as well as hitting long drives.
“Juan has learned the game of golf,” said Ganassi, whose driver made [...]

Road Atlanta Gets Intercontinental Cup
Wednesday, Dec 9, 2009 – 17:41 | 2 Comments
Road Atlanta Gets Intercontinental Cup

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The Automobile Club de L’Ouest, which organizes the Le Mans 24-hour race, has announced a three-race Le Mans Intercontinental Cup championship for LMP1 cars beginning in September of 2010. It includes the 1,000-kilometer race at Silverstone and the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta with a third Asian round to [...]

Ingram: NASCAR and F1 Joined At Hip?
Monday, Dec 7, 2009 – 8:02 | 7 Comments
Ingram: NASCAR and F1 Joined At Hip?

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief:
The subjects of NASCAR’s Sprint Cup and Formula One have been coming up in the same sentence regularly these days. F1 drivers have been testing Sprint Cup cars, Marcos Ambrose received the Sir Jack Brabham Award, named for Australia’s three-time F1 champion, and there’s regular talk [...]

Hallam Brings F1 Perspective To NASCAR
Friday, Dec 4, 2009 – 3:10 | 4 Comments
Hallam Brings F1 Perspective To NASCAR

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Cornelius, N.C. – When Steve Hallam worked his first event with Michael Waltrip Racing at the outset of the season, he might have contemplated making it his last. Hallam was a highly decorated engineer at the world championship McLaren Mercedes F1 team in 2008 before leaving to take up stock car [...]

Ingram: His Fans Are Not Exactly Fanatical
Monday, Nov 30, 2009 – 7:38 | 4 Comments
Ingram: His Fans Are Not Exactly Fanatical

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Greetings from the Monday Morning Crew Chief:
In a very unofficial nationwide survey, I recently tried to find some Jimmie Johnson fans. I checked out bars and honky tonks in Atlanta. I talked to the neighbors. I called those I knew to be NASCAR fans on the East Coast and the [...]