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Mon 21 Dec 2009
Ingram's Flat Spot On: Patrick: Threat or Inspiration?Headline

Ingram's Flat Spot On: Patrick: Threat or Inspiration?

Ingram's Flat Spot On by Jonathan Ingram Patrick: Threat or Inspiration? I wrote the book on Danica Patrick, or perhaps more accurately the unauthorized biography. Having watched her race since her earliest days in IndyCar, trust me on this.

Wed 18 Nov 2009
Ingram's Flat Spot On: Martin's Chase plot thickens Headline

Ingram's Flat Spot On: Martin's Chase plot thickens

Ingram's Flat Spot On by Jonathan Ingram Martin's Chase Plot Thickens The past week produced a remarkable batch of late fall racing news. One writer's view of the top ten stories. Mark Martin, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Photo...

Mon 12 Oct 2009
McNish, Russell School search for new talentHeadline

McNish, Russell School search for new talent

Call him "Professor McNish." It is worlds apart from his day job in the American Le Mans Series wheeling the latest rocket ship on wheels, the latest Audi Le Mans prototype, the R15 TDI, but Allan McNish is now focused on his newest ...

Wed 07 Oct 2009
Ingram's Flat Spot On: Petit still looms largeHeadline

Ingram's Flat Spot On: Petit still looms large

Ingram's Flat Spot On by Jonathan Ingram Petit Still Looms Large Despite heavy rains and the flooding of the circuit at Road Atlanta, once again the Petit Le Mans demonstrated the staying power of the American Le Mans Series. Cars ...

Fri 02 Oct 2009
ALMS teams prep for Le Mans June classicHeadline

ALMS teams prep for Le Mans June classic

The usual summer break for the American Le Mans Series sees the sports car division off from its previous race mid-May at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah, until mid-July and the shortest track on the schedule, Lime Rock Park. ...

Polar opposite futures for Corvette squads Headline

Polar opposite futures for Corvette squads

There are only six cars entered in what could be the swansong for the GT1 class at the Le Mans 24 Hours this year. Four of them are Chevy Corvette C6.Rs; this year there will be no factory competition from the Prodrive Aston Martin DBR9s but...

Ingram's Flat Spot On: Billionaire battlesHeadline

Ingram's Flat Spot On: Billionaire battles

Ingram's Flat Spot On by Jonathan Ingram BILLIONAIRE BATTLES The future of the American Le Mans Series is a much-discussed topic these days, because it thrives on the success and participation of sports prototypes. Team Peugeot Total...

Peugeot confirms two cars for Petit Le MansHeadline

Peugeot confirms two cars for Petit Le Mans

Having already conquered the pinnacle of the sports car racing calendar at Le Mans, Peugeot has confirmed its assault on the final major endurance event of the 2009 season. In September at Road Atlanta, Peugeot has entered two factory 908 HDi FAPs...

De Ferran captures Road America poleHeadline

De Ferran captures Road America pole

As Gil de Ferran plans on riding off into the sunset -- at least as a driver -- after this year, he is still proving he intends to go out on top having lost none of his speed. Pole winner Gil de Ferran celebrates. Photo by Richard ...

A lap of Road AmericaHeadline

A lap of Road America

There are a lot of great road racing tracks in North America (Laguna Seca, Road Atlanta, Watkins Glen and Miller Motorsports Park) but Road America in the scenic countryside of Elkhart Lake, Wis. may be the best. Front Straight. Photo...

ALMS confirms class structure change in 2010 Headline

ALMS confirms class structure change in 2010

Confirming rumors that have been speculated for weeks, on Sunday morning the American Le Mans Series announced a class structure change in advance of the 2010 season. The series maintains a four-class structure but has made regulations adjustments...

Fri 19 Jun 2009
De Ferran Acura cruises to Utah victoryHeadline

De Ferran Acura cruises to Utah victory

The De Ferran Motorsports duo of Gil de Ferran and Simon Pagenaud asserted their authority on the rest of the American Le Mans Series field with a peerless win from pole at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah, their second consecutive in the Acura ...

Pagenaud powers to Utah poleHeadline

Pagenaud powers to Utah pole

Simon Pagenaud captured de Ferran Motorsports' third pole of the 2009 American Le Mans Series season for tomorrow's Larry H. Miller Dealerships Grand Prix of Utah. The Frenchman set an overall track record after waiting halfway through the...

Ingram's Flat Spot On: Long Beach jubileeHeadline

Ingram's Flat Spot On: Long Beach jubilee

Flat Spot On By Jonathan Ingram LONG BEACH JUBILEE The Long Beach race weekend began with a reunion, which fit just right. A birthday party and tribute to Dan Gurney, attended by his many longtime friends and colleagues, launched the weekend...

ACO moves to slow down Audi, PeugeotHeadline

ACO moves to slow down Audi, Peugeot

It may be bad news for the powerful Audi and Peugeot works teams, but it may be a boon for the fans looking for closer competition. Whatever it may be, Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) has made its call, and decided that further rebalancing is ...

Ingram's Flat Spot On: Factory stirringsHeadline

Ingram's Flat Spot On: Factory stirrings

Flat Spot On by Jonathan Ingram FACTORY STIRRINGS Whenever a fellow reporter asks you what you're working on, there's only one of two politically correct answers. "My next big story," is always the best response. But if that's not entirely ...

Experiencing a lap on the St. Pete street circuit Headline

Experiencing a lap on the St. Pete street circuit

The race track at St. Petersburg, Fla., is not your typical tight, twisty, short street circuit. Its location in this medium sized city's waterfront area is ideal for both drivers and spectators. At just under two miles in length, there are a ...

Stuck to return to Sebring with Vici PorscheHeadline

Stuck to return to Sebring with Vici Porsche

Hans-Joachim Stuck may be 58 years old, but he is far from being done with racing. The veteran of Formula One and endurance racing is returning to the Twelve Hours of Sebring with Vici Racing, for his 15th appearance at the March ...

Ingram's Flat Spot On: Sports Car survivalHeadline

Ingram's Flat Spot On: Sports Car survival

Flat Spot On by Jonathan Ingram Sports Car Survival There was a time when it was standard procedure to leave the track for dinner during endurance races, even for journalists. These days, the intensity of major endurance races calls for an ...

Didier Theys hangs up the helmetHeadline

Didier Theys hangs up the helmet

After spending over 30 competitive years behind the wheel of racecars, Didier Theys has decided to call it time on his racing career. The 52-year old announced Monday his retirement as a professional driver, but the likable Belgian will not ...

Winter testing concludes at SebringHeadline

Winter testing concludes at Sebring

Testing continued Wednesday at Sebring International Raceway as American Le Mans Series teams prepare for the 2009 season. Acuras topped the time charts as expected, but the highlight of the day came from Dyson Racing and the public debut of its...

BMW, Rahal confident of strong debutHeadline

BMW, Rahal confident of strong debut

Last February at the Chicago Auto Show, BMW unveiled an ambitious program that had the German automaker making a welcome return to the American Le Mans Series. It's hard to imagine a year has almost passed since the announcement, but BMW Rahal ...

Acura unveils revolutionary new ARX-02aHeadline

Acura unveils revolutionary new ARX-02a

Acura officially took the wraps off its new LMP1 contender Monday night at Sebring during a media launch event, which included a no-holds-back view of the ARX-02a. While the open-top, V8-engined machine may appear conventional at first sight, it's...

Acura quickest on opening day of testing at SebringHeadline

Acura quickest on opening day of testing at Sebring

It was no surprise to see Acura atop the time sheets Monday at Sebring International Raceway, as teams prepare for the 2009 American Le Mans Series season. The two brand-new ARX-02a cars ran a handful of laps during the day's three sessions, with...

Peugeot confirms Sebring, adds Brabham, BourdaisHeadline

Peugeot confirms Sebring, adds Brabham, Bourdais

Team Peugeot Total heads into the 2009 season with one objective in mind: conquering Le Mans. The factory French squad unveiled its plan of attack Monday, which includes a two-car entry in the American Le Mans Series season-opening Twelve Hours of...

Audi's new R15 TDI revealedHeadline

Audi's new R15 TDI revealed

Following the public unveiling of Acura's all-new ARX-02a last month at the American Le Mans Series Sebring Winter Test, the spotlight turned to Audi and its new R15 TDI racer. The German automaker, though, had been keeping its next-generation ...

Drayson to return with new GT2 teamHeadline

Drayson to return with new GT2 team

Following a promising debut season in the American Le Mans Series, Paul Drayson will return to the cockpit of his Aston Martin Vantage GT2 for more action in 2009, but with a few new twists. The former Minister of Defense Procurement in Britain's...

Ingram's Flat Spot On: Main man at PorscheHeadline

Ingram's Flat Spot On: Main man at Porsche

Flat Spot On by Jonathan Ingram MAIN MAN AT PORSCHE The year was 1990. Just as dusk was falling at Daytona, we were standing in the outer room of the Benny Kahn Media Center. Bob Wollek had won the pole for the 24-hour late that afternoon and...

Tue 20 Jan 2009
Ingram's Flat Spot On: Vive the evolutionHeadline

Ingram's Flat Spot On: Vive the evolution

Flat Spot On by Jonathan Ingram VIVE THE EVOLUTION The Le Mans rules have been announced for next year and beyond. They remain as complicated as ever. (Please note the French version is the only official one.) But the rules actually look more...