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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: Peugeot Will Need To Be More Than Just Fast at Le Mans
Friday, Jun 12, 2009 – 14:05 | Comments Off
Ingram: Peugeot Will Need To Be More Than Just Fast at Le Mans

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Correspondent
RacinToday.com
A quarter million fans will gather this weekend around the eight-mile circuit in the French countryside to watch the 77th running of the Le Mans 24-hour sports car race. The fans will all have the same question in mind: can Team Peugeot beat Audi Sport?
To turn that question around to [...]

Ingram: Decision Time Has Arrived For Danica Patrick
Sunday, May 31, 2009 – 16:49 | Comments Off
Ingram: Decision Time Has Arrived For Danica Patrick

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Correspondent 
RacinToday.com
The day after Sunday’s IRL race in Milwaukee marks the starting line of contract negotiations for Danica Patrick. Free to talk with teams in NASCAR, will she elect to continue in IndyCars? More than likely.
 A third-place finish in the Indy 500 by Patrick has no doubt increased her confidence about [...]

You Don’t Need to Be Rich To Watch Monaco – But It Helps
Saturday, May 23, 2009 – 16:30 | One Comment
You Don’t Need to Be Rich To Watch Monaco –  But It Helps

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Correspondent
RacinToday.com
Monaco. It’s like no other city – or country – and no other race.
All the great drivers have raced in Monaco since the first race in 1929 and most of them have won on the streets that wind through the steep hillsides of the tiny principality best known for its [...]

Pagenaud Takes Record, Pole At Utah
Saturday, May 16, 2009 – 17:30 | Comments Off
Pagenaud Takes Record, Pole At Utah

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Correspondent
RacinToday.com
Tuele, Utah – Simon Pagenaud spanked the American Le Mans Series track record at the daunting 15-turn Miller Motorsports Park circuit to win the pole for the de Ferran Motorsports Acura team.
Aboard the radical “four square” LMP1 class ARX-02a design of Acura, the Frenchman dropped three seconds from his best [...]

Ingram: Drug Tests Put NASCAR In Tough Spot
Thursday, May 14, 2009 – 13:19 | Comments Off
Ingram: Drug Tests Put NASCAR In Tough Spot

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Correspondent
RacinToday.com
Stock car racing has come a long way since the days of binge drinking the night before races, bourbon in water jugs, cigarette lighters on the dashboard, amphetamines in the tool box or smelling salts taped to the dash.
One might say its a brave new world, because drug testing has [...]

Mark Martin Wins The Southern 500 At Darlington
Sunday, May 10, 2009 – 9:54 | Comments Off
Mark Martin Wins The Southern 500 At Darlington

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Correspondent
RacinToday.com
Darlington, S.C. – The Sprint Cup Series’ oldest driver won on NASCAR’s oldest superspeedway the old-fashioned way. The remarkable Mark Martin lurked at the front of the field all night at the Darlington oval while dodging a record 17 cautions. He took the victory from Hendrick Motorsports Chevy teammate Jimmie [...]

NASCAR Suspends Mayfield
Saturday, May 9, 2009 – 18:50 | Comments Off
NASCAR Suspends Mayfield

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Correspondent
RacinToday.com
Darlington, S.C. – Citing it’s zero tolerance policy, NASCAR suspended owner/driver Jeremy Mayfield indefinitely following the results of random tests administered at the outset of last weekend’s Sprint Cup event at Richmond.
“It’s all about safety and competition,” said Jim Hunter, vice president of communications for NASCAR. “A positive drug tests means [...]

Ingram: The Southern 500 Has Gone South
Friday, May 8, 2009 – 7:50 | One Comment
Ingram: The Southern 500 Has Gone South

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Correspondent 
RacinToday.com
There was a time when a 500-mile race at Darlington was the real Southern 500, not a replica.
To win a 500-mile race at Darlington on a Labor Day weekend meant you had beaten that day’s competition and had measured up to all those stock car drivers who came before.
It was [...]

Ingram: 200 mph, Four-Wide, Nose-to-Tail; What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Friday, May 1, 2009 – 8:45 | One Comment
Ingram: 200 mph, Four-Wide, Nose-to-Tail; What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Correspondent
RacinToday.com
Talladega, Ala. – If you’re traveling west on Interstate 20 towards central Alabama on a race weekend, you’re bound to see  vehicles with “Talladega Bound” inscribed on the rear window. I doubt the count will go down come this October despite injuries to seven fans in last Sunday’s race.
NASCAR is [...]

Gilliland, TRG Firing “Blanks” at Cup’s Big Boys
Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 – 12:09 | Comments Off
Gilliland, TRG Firing “Blanks” at Cup’s Big Boys

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Correspondent
RacinToday.com
Talledega, Ala. – Forty years ago NASCAR’s regular drivers went on strike at the Talladega Superspeedway and towed their cars out of the massive Alabama track the day before the race. In qualifying for the Aaron’s 499 on Saturday, 10 drivers were trying to fight their way into the field [...]