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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

Rivals Say BMW Too Powerful In Grand-Am
Friday, Aug 2, 2013 – 11:00 | Comments Off
Rivals Say BMW Too Powerful In Grand-Am

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – On Thursday, the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series sent out a media release about the new BMW Daytona Prototype engine that made it’s debut in the Brickard Grand Prix in Indianapolis last weekend.
The release was upbeat and positive. The mood among several of the teams that are competing against the BMWs [...]

‘The Axe’ Has Developed A Velvet Edge
Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 – 11:17 | Comments Off
‘The Axe’ Has Developed A Velvet Edge

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Max the Axe. It’s a hard-edge nickname for a hard edge sports car driver. One whose every move, thought and ethic are focused on one thing and one thing only; getting his car and himself to checkered flags before every other man, woman or child sharing [...]

Brickyard: Short On Action, Long On Enjoyment
Monday, Jul 29, 2013 – 12:48 | 2 Comments
Brickyard: Short On Action, Long On Enjoyment

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The lead-up to the Brickyard 400 every year starts with a hope: Hope that this 400 will be the one which features action and passing and a move-forward-in-the-chair exciting finish. And each year, the Sprint Cup Series moves on to Pocono or wherever with large numbers of fans and media calling [...]

Two Brickyarders Have Chance To Rise Above
Saturday, Jul 27, 2013 – 13:47 | Comments Off
Two Brickyarders Have Chance To Rise Above

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis Motor Speedway history has been stuck on four – four event winners – for a lot of years. Two Sprint Cup teammates think too many years, and would love like crazy to do some un-sticking on Sunday afternoon in the 2013 running of the Brickyard 400.
Hendrick Motorsport’s Jimmie Johnson [...]

Starworks Shines, Wins Indy Grand-Am Race
Friday, Jul 26, 2013 – 20:01 | Comments Off
Starworks Shines, Wins Indy Grand-Am Race

Ryan Dalziel took the lead with 9 minutes remaining and went on to take checkered flag for his Starworks Motorsports team Friday to win the Rolex Grand-Am Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Sharing the wheel with Dalziel in the BMW Riley DP car was co-driver Alex Popow. The victory was the second straight at [...]

NASCAR Network Surfing: Good Or Bad For Fans?
Friday, Jul 26, 2013 – 11:38 | Comments Off
NASCAR Network Surfing: Good Or Bad For Fans?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
ESPN is getting out of NASCAR, NBC is getting in and Fox is Fox. So who here are making the good moves, who are making the bad moves and, most importantly, are any of the the moves good for fans?
Any analysis of the situation must, it seems, start with an [...]

Kanaan Heads Back For Seconds At The Brickyard
Tuesday, Jul 23, 2013 – 19:45 | Comments Off
Kanaan Heads Back For Seconds At The Brickyard

Apparently, it’s the best-tasting meal in auto racing: 100-year-old red brick coated with a thin film of motor oil and lightly sprinkled with a gritty dusting of pulverized rubber. It’s so good that Tony Kanaan just could not wait a whole year to put his lips to another helping.
During a teleconference on Tuesday afternoon, Kanaan [...]

Ganassi Racing’s Hull Talks Droughts And Streaks
Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 – 7:55 | Comments Off
Ganassi Racing’s Hull Talks Droughts And Streaks

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Fans get to see flashes of Mike Hull on television broadcasts of IndyCar events. And they get to hear short quips from the long-time managing director of Chip Ganassi Racing during pre-race advances and post-race reactions.
But Hull, who spends his time during races sitting on pit boxes and calling the [...]

More Racing Does Not Always Mean Better Racing
Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 – 7:12 | 3 Comments
More Racing Does Not Always Mean Better Racing

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Some notes and takes:
When Brian Vickers survived the green/white/checkered restart and went on to take the white flag at the end of the New Hampshire race last weekend, there was a feeling of relief. The guy who deserved to win the race, actually won the race in Loudon.
The downside of multiple [...]

NASCAR To Revamp Much Of Officiating Process
Monday, Jul 15, 2013 – 17:28 | One Comment
NASCAR To Revamp Much Of Officiating Process

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
During a press conference on Monday, NASCAR officials announced their future plans concerning the topics of crime and punishment. The upgraded methods in those areas will incorporate increased use of “emerging” technology and are, the officials said, aimed at “making the racing better” for teams and fans.
Attending the press conference/teleconference, [...]