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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

Dixon Returns To Form At Kansas
Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 – 17:54 | Comments Off
Dixon Returns To Form At Kansas

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Yes, Scott Dixon said, finishes of 16th and 15th in the first two races of the 2009 IndyCar Series season were taking a bit of an emotional toll on him and his team.  He said he was noticing long faces and people on the team “were not as nice to [...]

Saavedra Wins Firestone Indy Lights at Kansas
Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 – 12:08 | Comments Off
Saavedra Wins Firestone Indy Lights at Kansas

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kansas City, Kan. – Sebastian Saavedra captured his first career checkered flag in the Firestone Indy Lights Series Sunday when he won the Kansas Lottery 100 at Kansas Speedway.
Wade Cunningham finished second and Mario Romancini was third.
Finishing fourth was Ana Beatriz. It was her third top-five finish of the season.
A [...]

Kansas Weather Unpredictable
Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 – 20:00 | Comments Off
Kansas Weather Unpredictable

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
A couple years ago, officials at Kansas Speedway requested that the date for the IndyCar Series/Camping World Truck Series weekend be shifted off of the Fourth of July Weekend. Too hot.
So the date was moved to late April.
After events of Saturday, might another date shift be requested?
About 50 laps [...]

Rahal Wins IndyCar Pole At Kansas
Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 – 16:31 | 2 Comments
Rahal Wins IndyCar Pole At Kansas

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kansas City, Kan. – Graham Rahal won the IndyCar Series pole Saturday afternoon when he recorded a four-lap-average qualifying run of 211.311 mph in qualifying for Sunday’s Road Runner Turbo 300 at Kansas Speedway.
His run pushed him past Dario Franchitti, the winner of last weekend’s race at Long Beach, Calif. [...]

Doornbos Enjoys A Round At Kansas
Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 – 15:30 | One Comment
Doornbos Enjoys A Round At Kansas

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Robert Doornbos knew the day was coming.
He knew when he signed on to drive for the Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing team in the IndyCar series that one day, he would have to drive in races in which he would have to run inches away from concrete walls and opposing-cars’ sidepods and slower-cars [...]

Carpenter Says There Is No Place Like Kansas
Friday, Apr 24, 2009 – 19:40 | One Comment
Carpenter Says There Is No Place Like Kansas

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kansas City, Kan. – Ah, Kansas. Ed Carpenter loves it here. The barbeque, the wide-open spaces, the friendly people, the rural sensibilities.  Oh, and the round race track. Most of all, the round – it’s oval-ish, actually, but what the heck – race track.
It was the thought of that last [...]

Starr, Truckers Ready To Roll Again
Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 – 14:35 | Comments Off
Starr, Truckers Ready To Roll Again

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Enough of the dirt racing already, David Starr says. Enough of the short-track stuff. Enough of home and Texas and getting good nights’ sleep and meals not wrapped in aluminium foil, already.
Later for all that stuff.
Not that Starr isn’t a guy who likes a good Late Model event or a [...]

Pedley: Martin Scores One For The Romantics
Sunday, Apr 19, 2009 – 12:03 | One Comment
Pedley: Martin Scores One For The Romantics

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
You would have thought Mark Martin got married Saturday night. As he stood sweating and uneasily smiling in the warm Phoenix night, flash bulbs were popping, champagne was flying, people were crying.
And the reception line. People were climbing all over each other to get in position to shake Martin’s hand [...]

Castroneves’ Nightmare Ends, Dream resumes
Saturday, Apr 18, 2009 – 22:55 | Comments Off
Castroneves’ Nightmare Ends, Dream resumes

 
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Winning back-to-back Indianapolis 500s? Easy. Scaling 20-foot catch fences? Child’s play. Dancing in front of tens of millions of people on network television? Cake.
Sitting in a media center talking to a relatively small collection of media members and attempting to explain what the last six months have been like for [...]

Pedley: Roush Acts Like Roush After Landmark Win
Saturday, Apr 18, 2009 – 10:15 | 2 Comments
Pedley: Roush Acts Like Roush After Landmark Win

 
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Jack Roush is one of those. He is one of those people who simply will not let the emotional wall down so others can get a peek.
Friday night in Phoenix, the emotional masons were out there doing their best to change all that. They were flailing away at the wall [...]