Jonathan Ingram, who for the past 41 years has been one of America’s top motorsports writers, is the 2017 recipient of the Jimmy Mosteller Award from the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame.
The award is given annually by the Hall of Fame to honor racing journalists for their lifetime contributions to the sport.
Ingram, now in his 41st year of writing about motorsports, has sold stories to more than 100 publications on four continents. His work has been seen locally in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The Atlanta resident now writes for news outlets including the The Sports Xchange, RacinToday.com, and others. He also is an author of numerous books about auto racing.
Ingram, a native of Arlington, Va., attended his first races at Beltsville Speedway in Maryland where he watched Late Models drivers like Bobby Ballentine and “Rapid” Ray Hendrick.
Since becoming a journalist he’s covered several forms of motorsports including sports cars, NASCAR, Indy cars, Formula 1, NHRA and motorcycles.
He’s won awards for his work from organizations including the National Motorsports Press Association.
“It’s been a wild ride at times, but always there was the joy of the written word,” Ingram wrote on his website, jingrambooks.com. “I guess the impassioned bias of some fans in favor of certain types of racing and very much against other forms always caught me by surprise.
“But I think I would have been bored working one type of racing or at one publication and always looked for the upside in any of the series I covered – without sparing the metaphorical rod when it came to the facts or wrong-headedness.”
His latest work, Crash Course, follows the long and fascinating story of how the HANS Device saved professional auto racing. In writing that book, Ingram worked with five-time IMSA champion and Georgia Racing Hall of Fame member Jim Downing and HANS inventor Bob Hubbard.