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Jim Pedley, Managing Editor

Jim Pedley is a veteran, award-winning sports journalist who has worked at, among other places, the Boston Globe, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Kansas City Star. Pedley has spent the last 10 years covering auto racing for the Kansas City Star.

Articles by Jim Pedley

Granatelli Dead At 90
Sunday, Dec 29, 2013 – 20:59 | Comments Off

Andy Granatelli, a fixture in Indy cars and at the Indianapolis 500, died Sunday at age 90.
Granatelli is the former CEO of STP motor oil company who made a mark on motorsports as a car owner, innovator and entrepreneur.
Granatelli is a member of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, the Motorsports Hall of Fame of [...]

Dario On The Mend Physically, Emotionally
Friday, Dec 20, 2013 – 9:42 | Comments Off
Dario On The Mend Physically, Emotionally

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The pain started for Dario Franchitti in his ankle. Then it moved to his head.  Not long after that, it had spread to his entire body. Perhaps the worst part came when it reached his psyche and the three-time Indy 500 winner suddenly realized that his competitive driving career was [...]

Notes: Montoya Continues To Shake Down Indy car
Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013 – 16:06 | Comments Off
Notes: Montoya Continues To Shake Down Indy car

Juan Pablo Montoya completed the second round of his return to an IndyCar Series car during a one-day test at Phoenix International Raceway on Tuesday.
Last month, the 2000 Indianapolis 500 winner tested on the 1.65-mile Sebring International Raceway short course. Up next is a rescheduled session Dec. 12 at the 2-mile Auto Club Speedway oval [...]

No. 3 To Return Full Time To Cup Series In 2014
Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013 – 15:35 | One Comment
No. 3 To Return Full Time To Cup Series In 2014

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Richard Childress announced Wednesday that he will return the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet to the Sprint Cup Series next season and that his grandson, Austin Dillon, will drive the car.
Dillon will be competing in his first full Cup season while the car returns full time to the series [...]

Hamlin Puts 2013 In Past
Friday, Dec 6, 2013 – 13:24 | Comments Off
Hamlin Puts 2013 In Past

On Friday night in Las Vegas, the usual suspects will be in their usual places on dais at the Sprint Cup Awards banquet. Well, most of the usual suspects.
Seated in the audience this year will be Denny Hamlin, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver who has been a Chase berth-earner every year since 2007 and a [...]

France Takes On Variety Of Topics At Presser
Thursday, Dec 5, 2013 – 19:57 | One Comment
France Takes On Variety Of Topics At Presser

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
On Thursday in Las Vegas, site of this weekend’s annual post-season awards banquet, NASCAR officials Brett Jewkes and Brian France held a press conference.
A variety of topics were discussed. The topics ranged from the updates to the Hall of Fame voting procedures (see related story on this page) to the [...]

Johnson Also Winning Respect In Wake Of No. 6
Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 – 10:14 | One Comment
Johnson Also Winning Respect In Wake Of No. 6

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Jimmie Johnson’s 2013 Sprint Cup Championship had a familiar look and feel to it. It was much like his first five. But championship No. 6 did have a different sound to it.
As he unbuckled, unhooked and squeezed from his car after the season-ending, championship-deciding race at Homestead-Miami Speedway last weekend, [...]

Bernstein Departs Morgan Lucas, Joins Al-Anabi
Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013 – 16:23 | Comments Off
Bernstein Departs Morgan Lucas, Joins Al-Anabi

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Brandon Bernstein and Joe Barlam, released Tuesday from Morgan Lucas Racing, have joined Al-Anabi Racing, the team announced Wednesday.
Bernstein, a 19-time Top Fuel race winner, joins Al-Anabi Racing as the team’s general manager, filling the position vacated by Chad Head one year ago.
Prior to joining Morgan Lucas Racing in 2012, Bernstein served as the driver [...]

Schrader’s Take On His Sport: Just Race, Baby
Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013 – 8:14 | One Comment
Schrader’s Take On His Sport: Just Race, Baby

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Nevada Speedway in central Missouri is less than 100 miles from Kansas City’s tall buildings, hip nightspots, five-star restaurants and magnificent NASCAR facility. But Neveda’s dirt track is also several decades away from Kansas City.
Nevada is the kind of race track which is more about race than track. The Modifieds [...]

Ganassi: Franchitti ‘Heartbroken’ By Forced Retirement
Friday, Nov 15, 2013 – 15:22 | Comments Off
Ganassi: Franchitti ‘Heartbroken’ By Forced Retirement

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Chip Ganassi knew something very not good was up when he got a call from Scotland earlier this week. Not good became awful as soon as the IndyCar team owner heard the tone of the voice of the person who was calling him.
The voice belonged to driver Dario Franchitti and [...]