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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

The Grand Tradition Of Gimmickry Rolls On
Thursday, Jan 23, 2014 – 8:57 | 7 Comments
The Grand Tradition Of Gimmickry Rolls On

This week, news broke that NASCAR appears to be on the verge of announcing major, radical changes to its season-ending, championship-deciding Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship playoff system.
A story published in the Charlotte Observer said changes will include an increase in the number of Chase drivers (from 12 to 16) and a driver elimination [...]

Family Values Puts Wayne Taylor Back In Car
Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 – 20:44 | One Comment
Family Values Puts Wayne Taylor Back In Car

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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This coming weekend, Wayne Taylor will get to live out a dream that is over 20 years in the making and no, it’s not the dream of driving in a unified American sports car racing series. It’s the dream of sharing the wheel of a prototype car with his two [...]

Johnson Becomes A Five-Time DOTY Winner
Monday, Jan 20, 2014 – 10:59 | Comments Off
Johnson Becomes A Five-Time DOTY Winner

NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson was voted the winner of the 2013 Driver of the Year Award, it was announced on Monday.
The 2013 DOTY is Johnson’s fifth, allowing him to eclipse Hendrick Motorsports teammate  Jeff Gordon, who was the only other four-time DOTY winner.
Johnson, the 38-year-old California native, continued to make NASCAR history [...]

Dillon Tops Speed Charts At Thunder
Saturday, Jan 11, 2014 – 8:40 | Comments Off
Dillon Tops Speed Charts At Thunder

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Day Two brought dryer weather to Daytona International Speedway and that allowed the Sprint Cup cars to take to the track for the first time in Preseason Thunder testing.
Much of Friday’s test, which concluded at 9 p.m., featured single-car runs.
Fastest of the test was Richard Childress Racing rookie Austin Dillon, who posted a top speed [...]

Story Lines: Quantity Exceeds Quality In Cup ‘14
Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 – 10:49 | Comments Off
Story Lines: Quantity Exceeds Quality In Cup ‘14

A year ago, there were two big, huge, major story lines dominating the scene (a.k.a., trending) as the Sprint Cup teams headed into the January test session known as Preseason Thunder.
Those story lines were Danica Patrick moving full time to Cup and the introduction of the mighty Gen 6 car.
On their own, both were supposedly [...]

Notes: Sports Cars ‘Roar’ To Life At Daytona
Friday, Jan 3, 2014 – 14:05 | Comments Off
Notes: Sports Cars ‘Roar’ To Life At Daytona

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Christian Fittipaldi logged the fastest lap of the day Friday at the Roar Before the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway.
The “Roar”, which serves as practice for the upcoming 24, will continue through the weekend.
The 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona will be held on Jan. 25-26, opening a new era in North American sports car racing [...]

Vettel Voted Top Driver Of 2013 By RT Staff
Tuesday, Dec 31, 2013 – 18:48 | One Comment
Vettel Voted Top Driver Of 2013 By RT Staff

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
In discussing the 2013 RacinToday.com Driver of the Year vote this week, veteran racing writer Mark Armijo asked the following question: How can you punish a driver for domination?
Other RT voters answered back: You can’t.
Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel, who dominated a racing season like few others have in recent [...]

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 [...]