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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: Talent On Display in Phoenix, Pomona
Monday, Nov 16, 2009 – 9:28 | 2 Comments
Ingram: Talent On Display in Phoenix, Pomona

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief:
On a weekend when Tony Schumacher clinched his sixth straight Top Fuel championship at Pomona, Jimmie Johnson put himself in line to win his fourth straight Sprint Cup title after leaving behind nothing but scorched earth at Phoenix.
Unless something goes unexpectedly wrong at Homestead next weekend, [...]

Ingram: Martin A Miracle Man?
Monday, Nov 9, 2009 – 8:51 | 2 Comments
Ingram: Martin A Miracle Man?

From the Monday Morning Crew Chief:
The past week produced a remarkable batch of late fall racing news. One writer’s view of the top ten stories.
1. Prior to the Texas race, Mark Martin was headed for yet another runner-up finish or even third in the Sprint Cup championship. Yet [...]

Ingram: Sorry, Talladega Was A Hoot
Thursday, Nov 5, 2009 – 11:09 | 3 Comments
Ingram: Sorry, Talladega Was A Hoot

According to legend, when the Native Americans cursed the land where the Talladega Superspeedway was built, they turned and walked away without ever Tweeting or looking back . Well, perhaps it’s part of the curse they left behind that now you can’t leave the place without looking back.
So here I am looking back on Sunday’s [...]

Ingram: Flips A Result of NASCAR Slips?
Monday, Nov 2, 2009 – 9:13 | 4 Comments
Ingram: Flips A Result of NASCAR Slips?

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief:
Talladega, Ala. – What now for NASCAR officials? There was yet another Air Talladega moment, but no big finish to take the edge off as Jamie McMurray’s Ford led the field home under yellow in the Amp Energy 500.
The COT’s chassis and rollcage saved Ryan [...]

Time Machine: New Fences Not New At Talladega
Saturday, Oct 31, 2009 – 7:56 | Comments Off
Time Machine: New Fences Not New At Talladega

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Talladega, Ala. – When eight additional feet of fencing greeted fans at the Talladega Superspeedway on Halloween weekend, it was a reminder of one of the truly scariest moments in the track’s long history of danger.
The fence in front of the main grandstand was extended to 22 feet high after an [...]

The Monday Morning Crew Chief: USF1 To Grow With Busch?
Monday, Oct 26, 2009 – 8:16 | 5 Comments
The Monday Morning Crew Chief: USF1 To Grow With Busch?

From the Monday Morning Crew Chief:
If NASCAR Valley is the source for America’s next Formula One car, it seems fitting that Kyle Busch is being wooed by the US F1 team.
We might have learned more about KB’s ability in F1 machinery last year when he was invited by Toyota to test its car. But NASCAR [...]

Time Machine: Switching Brands Is Old Hat
Friday, Oct 23, 2009 – 13:19 | 3 Comments
Time Machine: Switching Brands Is Old Hat

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
If Richard Petty Motorsports adds a Ford to its line-up later this year, it will not be the first time a front-line team has raced both the Ford and Chrysler brands in the same season.
Domineering, rich and uncompromising, when Carl Kiekhaefer headed south from Wisconsin to race in NASCAR’s Grand National [...]

Ingram: France Jr. Should Have Been Held Back
Monday, Oct 19, 2009 – 6:48 | 5 Comments
Ingram: France Jr. Should Have Been Held Back

Welcome to the Monday Morning Crew Chief:
After his victory in Charlotte on Saturday night, Jimmie Johnson appears to be on his way to a fourth straight Sprint Cup championship. But will he be able to get into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility when that day arrives?
This sort of calculation, [...]

Ingram: NASCAR Realizes It’s A Fiddle, Not A Violin
Monday, Oct 12, 2009 – 9:05 | One Comment
Ingram: NASCAR Realizes It’s A Fiddle, Not A Violin

By Jonathan Ingram | RacinToday.com
RacinToday.com
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief:
Is NASCAR a southern sport?
More to the point – is stock car racing a southern sport?
Now that NASCAR Chairman Brian France has acknowledged fans have been alienated by starting times that were all over the TV-land map, these are appropriate questions.
Last week, France and TV executives [...]

Gurney and Fogarty Grandest In Miami
Saturday, Oct 10, 2009 – 17:00 | Comments Off
Gurney and Fogarty Grandest In Miami

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Alex Gurney and John Fogarty won the championship of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series after finishing fourth in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where Brumos Racing claimed the victory shortly after driver J.C. France was suspended following an arrest on drug charges.
Endurance racing legend Hurley Haywood, a last-minute replacement [...]