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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: 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 [...]

de Ferran Tops Qualifying At Laguna Seca
Friday, Oct 9, 2009 – 18:30 | Comments Off
de Ferran Tops Qualifying At Laguna Seca

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
In his final qualifying session behind the wheel, Gil de Ferran was anything but retiring. The driver of the XM Radio Acura ARX-02a won the pole at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway by edging Acura driver David Brabham. In a sweep for the Honda brand, Luis Diaz claimed the pole in [...]

Three Teams Chasing Championship At Grand Finale
Friday, Oct 9, 2009 – 18:26 | One Comment
Three Teams Chasing Championship At Grand Finale

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
It’s difficult to find a championship favorite in the Grand-Am season finale in Saturday’s two hour, 30-minute race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, where three teams have a chance to win the Rolex Sports Car Series championship.
The Gainsco/Bob Stallings Racing team and drivers Alex Gurney and John Fogarty lead the points [...]

J.C. France Suspended By Grand-Am
Friday, Oct 9, 2009 – 17:00 | 2 Comments
J.C. France Suspended By Grand-Am

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
J.C. France, a veteran competitor in the Rolex Sports Car Series and son of current NASCAR board member Jim France, has been suspended indefinitely by the series after an arrest on drug charges in Daytona Beach following a traffic violation.
“Grand-Am has issued a penalty notice and suspended J.C. indefinitely from [...]

Monday Morning Crew Chief: JPM Stirring Things Up Again
Monday, Oct 5, 2009 – 18:15 | 2 Comments
Monday Morning Crew Chief: JPM Stirring Things Up Again

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief:
Juan Pablo Montoya can be either princely or prickly, depending on the mercurial driver’s mood. He’s been more regal of late, after the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing team’s advancement into the Chase and the ongoing stellar performance in the first three races of the “post season.”
The [...]