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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

Flat Spot On: More Changes at Daytona Are Coming
Friday, Feb 22, 2013 – 19:51 | 3 Comments
Flat Spot On: More Changes at Daytona Are Coming

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Once upon a time, along about Gen-2, drivers quit teams at the drop of a hat. Sometimes they got fired on Monday after a car owner felt his prized, potent entry had been balloon-footed around on Sunday. Even the great David Pearson was cut loose by the [...]

Flat Spot On: The Amazing Mr. Pruett
Monday, Jan 28, 2013 – 15:08 | 2 Comments
Flat Spot On: The Amazing Mr. Pruett

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Has there ever been an American race car driver with a career as distinctive as that of Scott Pruett? At Daytona on Sunday, he clinched a fifth over-all victory and tied Hurley Haywood for the most outright victories in what is currently known as the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
It’s not the [...]

Flat Spot On: Daytona Needs Faster Prototypes
Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 – 9:01 | Comments Off
Flat Spot On: Daytona Needs Faster Prototypes

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – On the eve of this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, count me among those lamenting the passing of the American Le Mans Series at the end of the season and one who appreciates the future of a single unified endurance racing series in America under the Grand-Am. [...]

Petree Is Living Large During A Third Career
Friday, Nov 16, 2012 – 14:23 | Comments Off
Petree Is Living Large During A Third Career

Andy Petree grew up in North Carolina, the cradle of NASCAR. When he talks about “the sport,” he means stock car racing. One of those who always found a way to get into the grandstands to watch the Winston Cup races during his youth, Petree now calls the Sprint Cup races like he sees them [...]

Rebellion Wins An Error-Filled Petit Le Mans
Sunday, Oct 21, 2012 – 19:59 | Comments Off
Rebellion Wins An Error-Filled Petit Le Mans

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Rebellion Racing came to the Petit Le Mans looking for its first over-all victory, a task made tougher for the Anglo-Swiss team because the race fell between the WEC rounds at Fuji and Shanghai. Arriving with its third car, Rebellion ran a trouble free race to win from the pole.
After [...]

Flat Spot On: Will Petit Remain Big in the Future?
Friday, Oct 19, 2012 – 7:22 | 2 Comments
Flat Spot On: Will Petit Remain Big in the Future?

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – It seems like a no brainer. Don Panoz helped revive the Le Mans 24-hour from its doldrums at the turn of the century and Jim France re-invented a sagging Daytona 24-hour. Combining the respective American series launched by these two men seems like a great idea [...]

Flat Spot On: Sponsors Pickle But Don’t Preserve Racing
Monday, Sep 3, 2012 – 6:47 | 3 Comments
Flat Spot On: Sponsors Pickle But Don’t Preserve Racing

HAMPTON, Ga. – Top ten tweets from the Atlanta Motor Speedway.
1. Story of the weak: After vowing to run over Matt Kenseth at every turn following their wreck-o-rama at Bristol, Tony Stewart backed off in Atlanta. (Just when NASCAR needs a rivalry between major players during a championship run, Tony the team owner, who left [...]

Flat Spot On: Sweaty Mid-Ohio Slippery When Wet
Saturday, Aug 4, 2012 – 20:45 | Comments Off
Flat Spot On: Sweaty Mid-Ohio Slippery When Wet

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
STREAM CORNERS, Ohio – Top ten tweets from the combined ALMS and IndyCar weekend at Mid-Ohio:
1. The fifth straight victory by the Muscle Milk Pickett Racing over Dyson Racing in the LMP1 class was a tribute to one of the leading motor racing indicators – financial health. (And we’re not referring [...]

Flat Spot On: Earnhardt Jr. On The Road To Title?
Friday, Jun 22, 2012 – 6:56 | Comments Off
Flat Spot On: Earnhardt Jr. On The Road To Title?

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I suppose I’m one of the few journalists who covered both the fatal crash of Dale Earnhardt Sr. in Daytona in 2001 and the crash three years later of Dale Earhardt Jr. that brought him as close to a fatal accident as he’s ever been. The incident occurred at the Infineon [...]

Flat Spot On: Americans, Imbroglios And Le Mans
Sunday, Jun 3, 2012 – 11:53 | Comments Off
Flat Spot On: Americans, Imbroglios And Le Mans

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
LE MANS, France – Top “Tweets” from the Le Mans Test Day:
1. As The Clouds Parted – …and the sunshine returned at the end of an overcast day, Audi’s e-tron quattro of veterans Tom Kristensen, Allan McNish and Dindo Capello outshined the new Toyota TS 030 by a gap of [...]