Jack Ingram (racing driver)
Jack Ingram ( born December 28, 1936 in Asheville, North Carolina ) is a retired American automobile racing driver. He is considered one of the most successful drivers of today's NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Jack Ingram is one of the best drivers of NASCAR, but drove very few races in the top division of NASCAR, today's Sprint Cup. Much of his career, he was at the wheel of a car in today's Nationwide Series, the second-highest division of NASCAR. In the years 1982 and 1985 he won the title in this, giving him in the years 1972, 1973 and 1974 already in the Late Model Sportsman Division champions, the previous series, the Nationwide Series, succeeded.
Throughout his Nationwide Series career Ingram won 31 races. Until 1997, when Mark Martin won his 32nd race in this series, this was the record. 122 times brought Ingram the car in the top -5 finish, 164 times in the top 10. It is noteworthy that all he still managed this in a relatively old age. When he first started in 1982 in the then-new Busch Series, now the Nationwide Series, he was already 45 years old.
Ingram finished his career in professional racing in 1991 in the Kroger 200 at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis. However, this departure from professional motorsport did not mean that he played no more races. Still, the now 71- year-old is active in racing. Currently, he starts in the Late Model Sportsman division at the Greenville- Pickens Speedway in Greenville, South Carolina.
1998 Ingram was one of the best NASCAR drivers of all time determined ( NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers). In 2007 he was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.