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Daughter of NASCAR Hall of Famer Jack Ingram is 'cautiously optimistic' days after wreck

NASCAR Hall of Famer Jack Ingram remains in intensive care after an auto crash Sunday morning in West Asheville.  (Photo credit: Ingram family)

The daughter of a mountain racing legend said she's "cautiously optimistic." NASCAR Hall of Famer Jack Ingram remains in intensive care after an auto crash Sunday morning in West Asheville. Ingrid Jones said it's a frightening and fluid health crisis.

Ingram is on a breathing apparatus in the hospital. His daughter Ingrid is posting health updates on the Caring Bridge website for fans, friends and loved ones.

"It's hard to tell each day what is going to happen," she said. "So, we're sort of trying to take it hour by hour for now."

The 80-year-old's collision happened on Amboy Road near Carrier Park, the site of the former Asheville Motor Speedway where Ingram became a racing legend. Ingram has 13 broken ribs, a puncture wound in his lungs and a concussion.

"Again, we're just taking it hour by hour and just supporting our mom the best we can," Jones said. "She's doing well considering the circumstances, but we have a very close-knit family."

Former NASCAR driver and now Buncombe County commissioner Robert Pressley said Ingram has been a mentor for years.

"He is an iron man. If any man can pull through, he can," Pressley said. "He is one the toughest competitors and human beings I've ever known."

"If it can be overcome, he'll be able to overcome it," Jones said. "Because, frankly, he's in very good health for an 80-year-old man."

Fans clearly haven't forgotten what he's meant to the community and to racing.

"We really appreciate everyone's kind thoughts and prayers," she said. "It's been overwhelming and amazing, and the support has been wonderful. "

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