NASCAR Hall of Famer Jack Ingram was seriously injured in a car accident in his hometown on Dec. 3.
Ingram’s family indicated Monday morning that the former driver, a multiple-time champion in what is now the NASCAR XFINITY Series, was receiving treatment in the intensive care unit at Mission Hospital near his Asheville, North Carolina home.
“We are currently by his side, managing his care with his clinicians and will decide next steps,” a family statement read. “We remain hopeful and positive, and appreciate all thoughts and prayers. We will provide updates as information becomes available.”
According to an accident report filed by the Asheville Police Department, the 2002 Chevrolet driven by Ingram collided with a 1999 Ford pick-up driven by a 36-year-old man from nearby Henderson, North Carolina. Ingram’s vehicle was struck in the driver’s side door, according to the report.
The report stated that Ingram was transported to Mission Hospital with unknown injuries. One of two passengers in Ingram’s car was also transported to the hospital with complaints of pain in his right arm, the report said. No injuries were listed for the driver of the other vehicle, according to police.
According to the report, the accident occurred within a tenth of a mile from the former site of Asheville Motor Speedway, where Ingram was a local legend. The 1/3-mile paved oval, which ended weekly racing after the 1999 season, has been preserved as a recreation area known as Carrier Park.
Ingram won the championship in what is now known as the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 1982 and 1985. He also won three titles and scores of races in the Late Model Sportsman division, the precursor to the XFINITY Series.
Ingram was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s 2014 class. He earned the nickname “Iron Man” both for his career’s longevity and his ability to successfully compete in several events a week. By his count, Ingram scored 317 points-paying victories in NASCAR competition.