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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: 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 [...]

Ingram: Earnhardt Jr. Now Down On Power
Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 – 13:00 | 5 Comments
Ingram: Earnhardt Jr. Now Down On Power

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Correspondent
RacinToday.com
There is currently a lot of speculation about why Dale Earnhardt Jr. is not winning races, but it’s clear why he hasn’t recently been a dominant force at Talladega for the last five seasons. He’s been down on power since his glory days on the restrictor plate tracks with Dale [...]

Franchitti Loses Fenders, Wins A Race
Sunday, Apr 19, 2009 – 18:00 | Comments Off
Franchitti Loses Fenders, Wins A Race

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Correspondent 
RacinToday.com
Long Beach, Calif. – Even for a road racer, Dario Franchitti took a circuitous route to find victory lane in the streets of Long Beach. Driving for Target Chip Ganassi Racing, the Scotsman scored his first victory since his gambit to drive stock cars for Ganassi in NASCAR ended abruptly [...]

De Ferran Acura Claims ALMS Victory in Long Beach
Saturday, Apr 18, 2009 – 20:54 | Comments Off
De Ferran Acura Claims ALMS Victory in Long Beach

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Correspondent 
RacinToday.com
Long Beach, Calif. – The Acura ARX-02a of Gil de Ferran and Simon Pagenaud claimed victory in the American Le Mans Series sprint in the streets of Long Beach. The de Ferran Motorsports entry was leading the Highcroft Racing Acura of David Brabham by 9.5 seconds when a full-course caution [...]

Corvette That Made Dale Earnhardt Sr. Smile Set To Move Down
Friday, Apr 17, 2009 – 23:08 | One Comment
Corvette That Made Dale Earnhardt Sr. Smile Set To Move Down

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Correspondent
RacinToday.com
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Corvette Racing will run its last GT1 class race in the American Le Mans Series during this weekend’s Long Beach Grand Prix.
Although a possible bankruptcy at GM could change current plans, the factory team is scheduled to return to the ALMS in August with a [...]