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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

De Ferran Has Big Day At Road America
Saturday, Aug 15, 2009 – 18:20 | Comments Off
De Ferran Has Big Day At Road America

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Elkhart Lake, Wis. – While the rest of the world is all a-Twitter these days, Gil de Ferran is merely tweaking.
In his last tour as a driver, de Ferran drove to the pole at Road America on Saturday aboard his XM Acura, edging the Patron Acura of David Brabham by [...]

Johansson’s Car Could Electrify Racing
Friday, Aug 14, 2009 – 13:10 | One Comment
Johansson’s Car Could Electrify Racing

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Stefan Johansson has competed in just about every type of car in single seater racing and sports cars. From the over-powered, oversteering Porsche 935 in endurance racing to a high-boost Ferrari turbo in Formula One and a Reynard chassis at the Indy 500, the Swede’s career has included some unique [...]

Monday Morning Crew Chief: Recalling The Original Ringer
Monday, Aug 10, 2009 – 11:22 | 6 Comments
Monday Morning Crew Chief: Recalling The Original Ringer

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
This week’s edition of Monday Morning Crew Chief:
“Road course ringers” became a hotter-than-usual topic at Watkins Glen this weekend. When Marcos Ambrose put a surprising but incredibly clean move on Kyle Busch to win the Nationwide Series race, the offended driver and other veterans cried foul in unison.
Next thing you [...]

Porsche Driver To Take on V-8 Guys
Friday, Aug 7, 2009 – 7:00 | Comments Off
Porsche Driver To Take on V-8 Guys

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Andy Lally has it all backwards.
When a road racing driver moves to the Sprint Cup, it’s usually from a car with a big V-8 in the front. Before they became the Sprint Cup’s favorite road course ringers, Ron Fellows and Boris Said raced Camaros and Mustangs in the Trans-Am Series. [...]

Leaner Corvettes Ready To Take On The World
Thursday, Aug 6, 2009 – 6:49 | Comments Off
Leaner Corvettes Ready To Take On The World

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
There’s a lot riding on the new GT2 class entry from the factory Corvette Racing team. Veiled in secrecy for 18 months, it makes its debut in the American Le Mans Series at the Mid-Ohio circuit on Saturday.
A survivor of GM’s bankruptcy, the new Corvette C6.R is charged with carrying [...]

Ingram: Push-Button Racing Comes To Pass
Monday, Aug 3, 2009 – 8:00 | Comments Off
Ingram: Push-Button Racing Comes To Pass

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
In today’s edition of Monday Morning Crew Chief we find:
My grandmother’s 1957 Plymouth Belvedere had a push-button automatic transmission. Much like the old push-button radio dials or a juke box, to get in gear you selected the correct letter on the dash and punched in the raised button. It had [...]

Some Say NASCAR Monitoring System Is Darn Good
Thursday, Jul 30, 2009 – 18:50 | One Comment
Some Say NASCAR Monitoring System Is Darn Good

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Despite the pit road speed limit fiasco of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing and driver Juan Pablo Montoya at Indianapolis, it’s likely somebody will be caught speeding in the pit lane during Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Pocono by running too fast between the nine timing loops.
Is it a fair system?
“It’s a [...]

Ingram: The Fall Of The House Of Hulman?
Thursday, Jul 30, 2009 – 8:00 | 2 Comments
Ingram: The Fall Of The House Of Hulman?

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – The news of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway going the way of the House of Usher may be exaggerated. But in the season of celebrating the 100th year since the gates first opened at America’s biggest and best known racing facility, these are trying times.
Like the House of Usher, [...]

Montoya Speeds, Johnson Wins At The Brickyard
Monday, Jul 27, 2009 – 10:54 | 3 Comments
Montoya Speeds, Johnson Wins At The Brickyard

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – Jimmie Johnson won the Brickyard 400 by a narrow margin over Mark Martin, but it will be remembered as the race Juan Pablo Montoya lost.
Taking the lead with an outside pass on the double-file restart, Johnson out-dueled the Chevy of Hendrick Motorsports teammate Martin over the final 23 [...]

‘The Kid’ Turns 50, But Wanted A 49 Flat
Sunday, Jul 26, 2009 – 8:17 | Comments Off
‘The Kid’ Turns 50, But Wanted A 49 Flat

By  Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – When he smiles, Mark Martin’s face has more wrinkles than the NASCAR rulebook.
Known as “The Kid” during his days a teen sensation in the American Speed Association, Martin has come a long way since he raced cars out of barn-like shop in North Liberty, just up the road [...]