After a slip-up during the earlier part of the 25-lap National main event, Ingram settled into a battle with two of the current hot shoes in the series. Here he leads on the #31J TCR XR750 over fellow-XR mounted rider '10 AMA Pro Singles Champ Jeffrey Carver, Jr. on the #23 Kiesow Racing/Hall's Cycles/Eddie Adkins/Sponseller-backed mount and '09 AMA Flat Track Rookie of the Year Stevie Bonsey on the #80 Dodge Brothers/Alpinestars/Saddlemen/A&A Racing-sponsored H-D XR750.
Looking racy throughout the day, in the end Ingram brought the #31J TCR machine home in the 11th spot out of a National main of riders of which most were almost half his age, and finishing just .092 seconds behind 9th-place finisher Carver and .085 seconds behind 10th-place finisher Bonsey. And he had shown himself and a packed house at the Illinois State Fairgrounds mile oval that he had not only returned, but he had triumphed along the way and put on one heckuva show for the house in the process.
And as the crowd died down and wiped their tears of joy from seeing Willie McCoy win his second-in-a-row Springfield Mile, some of them did the same for the Man from Clermont who pulled off what very few in any sport can accomplish after so long away. And he had done it in style, with grace and with finesse, something that had never escaped him in that long 19 year span away from the big track.
Great job Dan and congrats man, you deserve it. And welcome back to the greatest sport on wheels in the world, it's great to see you out mixing it up again!
You can read more about Dan Ingram's return to racing at round 4 of the 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com season at the Springfield Mile I on May 27 right here, thanks to my good friend and traveling buddy, Larry Lawrence, who covered the race for Cycle News.
Here's LL's spin on a return to racing for Clermont, IN. resident Dan Ingram, who showed Indy and every flat track fan proud last weekend by returning to the same track that prematurely ended his racing career and nearly ended his life back in 1993:
With the opening salvo having been fired in his return to Expert-ranked racing in AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship competition, Dan and the TCR team are now hoping to continue running the 2012 season, but like with all teams in any racing sport, are in need of sponsorship.
Danny and TCR are actively seeking sponsors to come onboard to help out their efforts to continue racing in The Rolling Thunder Show, and they have a few ideas laid out as to how to go about it. With tiered levels of support available, the team is accepting any and all offers of sponsorship in order to be able to continue racing the TCR H-D XR750 in National events.
You can get with Dan on his Facebook page below to see what they have to offer, and to keep up with one of the greats in the sport along the way. Check it out: