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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

With Petit Over, Attention Turns To Future
Thursday, Oct 24, 2013 – 7:11 | Comments Off
With Petit Over, Attention Turns To Future

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
As the 2013 Petit Le Mans wound down to a finish at Road Atlanta last Saturday night, as fans began pouring water on trackside campfires, as canvas canopies were folded and stowed, as the big old LMP1 cars were loaded onto haulers, an oh-geez moment struck.
It was a moment of; [...]

Talladega Finish Left Some Folks Hungry
Sunday, Oct 20, 2013 – 19:18 | 2 Comments
Talladega Finish Left Some Folks Hungry

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
After a long, strenuous hike through the Colorado mountains, Rob had developed a powerful hunger. He ordered a deluxe burger and a large bag of potato chips. The burger showed up at the table looking anything but deluxe.
Rob opened the bulging bag of chips. A big puff of packing gas [...]

Rebellion Wins Petit Pole
Friday, Oct 18, 2013 – 17:01 | Comments Off
Rebellion Wins Petit Pole

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Rebellion Racing is off to a fast start in its return to the American Le Mans Series. The team has been fast all weekend in practice and on Friday, it took the pole for Saturday’s season-ending Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.
Neel Jani was behind the wheel of the Toyota [...]

Petit Notes: Rebellion Setting The Pace At Road Atlanta
Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 – 8:53 | Comments Off
Petit Notes: Rebellion Setting The Pace At Road Atlanta

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Rebellion Racing continued to out-muscle Pickett Racing in testing for Saturday’s 16th running of the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on Wednesday.
The Rebellion team, returning to the American Le Mans Series after going on a summer-long hiatus, turned the fastest lap in the final day of testing.
With Nicolas Prost [...]

Lucas Luhr Has Big Emotions On Petit Weekend
Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 – 11:34 | Comments Off
Lucas Luhr Has Big Emotions On Petit Weekend

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Lucas Luhr knows his career numbers. In a still-strong German accent, he recites them effortlessly, methodically when they come up in conversation. And, obviously, he knows that those numbers could be even more impressive after this weekend’s Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.
But during a telephone conversation with RacinToday.com this [...]

NASCAR Pull Wraps Off 2014 Cup Schedule
Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 – 10:47 | One Comment
NASCAR Pull Wraps Off 2014 Cup Schedule

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
With the big move concerning the 2014 Sprint Cup schedule have already been made – Kansas Speedway and Darlington Raceway swap spring dates – Tuesday’s official unveiling of the calendar was pretty uneventful.
The only other change is to the spring date at Texas, which will be Sunday afternoon April 6 [...]

New Sports Car Series Unveils Car Count Limits
Friday, Oct 11, 2013 – 15:09 | One Comment
New Sports Car Series Unveils Car Count Limits

With high car counts expected for the inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in 2014, International Motor Sports Association officials today announced tentative car capacity guidelines for each of the series’ four classes at each venue.
The maximum car capacity guidelines are based on space available at each venue. Series officials arrived at the car capacity [...]

Kavpil To Race In Charlotte
Friday, Oct 11, 2013 – 7:00 | Comments Off
Kavpil To Race In Charlotte

RacinToday.com
Despite his arrest on suspicion of assault in an alleged domestic dispute with his wife, Travis Kavpil will race in Saturday night’s Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“BK Racing understands the severity of the situation and we don’t condone the actions that Travis has been accused of,” Ron Devine, co-owner of BK Racing, said [...]

Harvick, RCR Know Cookies Can Taste Quite Good
Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 – 10:17 | Comments Off
Harvick, RCR Know Cookies Can Taste Quite Good

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Over the years, NASCAR’s 1.5-mile ovals have been treated by fans and media with the type of disrespect generally accorded to things like rental cars and F-1 races. They’ve been tagged as dull and generic. Cookie-cutters is one of the nicer things the intermediates have been called.
But in the garages [...]

Keselowski Makes Kansas Drivers Meeting Interesting
Sunday, Oct 6, 2013 – 12:31 | Comments Off
Keselowski Makes Kansas Drivers Meeting Interesting

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Racing at Kansas Speedway started two hours before the green flag dropped on Sunday. Racing of the between-the-ears variety.
During the drivers meeting at Kansas, all was pro forma until the part at the end where Sprint Cup managing race director David Hoots asks assembled drivers and team members if there are [...]