Jack “Iron Man” Ingram, the winner of five NASCAR Championships and more than 300 races during his career, has passed away. The Avery’s Creek, NC, native and 2014 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee was 84.
Ingram was a force in NASCAR Sportsman competition during the 1970s, winning championships in 1972, ’73, and ’74, continuing competition when the series underwent significant changes and emerged as the Busch Series (now Xfinity) in 1982.
Ingram’s nine years of full-time competition in the Xfinity Series saw him score 31 victories—a record that stood until it was broken by Cup Series regular Mark Martin in 1997.
He ended his Xfinity Series career with 122 top-five and 164 top-10 finishes in just 275 starts.
“There is no better way to describe Jack Ingram than ‘Iron Man,’” NASCAR Chairman and CEO Jim France said in a statement. “Jack was a fixture at short tracks across the Southeast most days of the week, racing anywhere and everywhere. He dominated the Late Model Sportsman division like few others. He set the bar for excellence in the Xfinity Series as its Most Popular Driver in 1982 and champion in 1985. Jack was an ‘old school racer’ and his work on his own car helped propel him to Victory Lane hundreds of times. Of our current 58 NASCAR Hall of Fame members, he is one of only six elected based on his career and contributions in the grassroots level of our sport. On behalf of the France family and NASCAR, I offer my condolences to the friends and family of NASCAR Hall of Famer Jack Ingram.”