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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. He's a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Arts in History.

Articles by Jim Pedley

‘Hinchtown’ Becomes Capital Of Iowa For A Day
Sunday, Jul 8, 2018 – 15:42 | Comments Off on ‘Hinchtown’ Becomes Capital Of Iowa For A Day
‘Hinchtown’ Becomes Capital Of Iowa For A Day

By Jim Pedley | ManagingEditor
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The 2018 season was not going  the way driver James Hinchcliffe had hoped. Until, that is, late in Sunday’s IndyCar Series race at Iowa Speedway when he tracked down and passed a seemingly unbeatable Josef Newgarden and then drove off to victory.
The win was the first of the season for Hinchcliffe […]

Junior: Keep Being Junior When Red Light Goes On
Friday, Jun 29, 2018 – 8:00 | Comments Off on Junior: Keep Being Junior When Red Light Goes On
Junior: Keep Being Junior When Red Light Goes On

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
To be honest, I’m not really looking forward to watching the broadcast of this weekend’s NASCAR race at Chicagoland Speedway and all because of Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Not because I don’t like Earnhardt Jr. On the contrary. I truly like and respect the man and always looked forward to talking to […]

Le Mans Lessons: Big Changes Are Here
Friday, Jun 22, 2018 – 7:14 | Comments Off on Le Mans Lessons: Big Changes Are Here
Le Mans Lessons: Big Changes Are Here

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Change is, has been, will always be an integral part of auto racing. It’s baked into the racing cake. But during the 20th Century, changes in racing seemed more tweak-ish than quake-like.
But this is the 21st Century and changes have become revolutionary as opposed to evolutionary. And they have been forced […]

Toyota, Alonso Steal The Show At Le Mans
Sunday, Jun 17, 2018 – 9:35 | Comments Off on Toyota, Alonso Steal The Show At Le Mans
Toyota, Alonso Steal The Show At Le Mans

Spanish driver Fernando Alonso moved within one victory of accomplishing international auto racing’s triple crown on Sunday when he and his Toyota teammates won the overall championship at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Alonso, who has twice won the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Monaco and is currently a full-time driver for the McLaren F1 […]

FIA, ACO Announce New Hybrid Rules At Le Mans
Friday, Jun 15, 2018 – 7:57 | Comments Off on FIA, ACO Announce New Hybrid Rules At Le Mans
FIA, ACO Announce New Hybrid Rules At Le Mans

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The Automobile Club de l’Ouest and the Federation Internationale de Automobile announced Friday at Le Mans, conceptual details of the technical regulations for the next generation of prototype race cars.
The big take aways are that beginning in 2020, all LMP1 cars will be hybrids and that chassis manufacturers will be mandated to make its hybrid units […]

Toyota Hybrids Have Le Mans Field To Selves
Thursday, Jun 14, 2018 – 10:02 | Comments Off on Toyota Hybrids Have Le Mans Field To Selves
Toyota Hybrids Have Le Mans Field To Selves

The bet here is that, barring major mechanical issues or race-day/night shunts,  a Toyota TS050 LMP1 will win this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. That’s not premonition or extraordinary expertise talking. It’s mathematics.
The LMP1 Hybrid category at Le Mans has thinned down to one marque; Toyota. Gone are the wonderful Audi and Porsche hybrids […]

Newgarden Leads Penske Qualifying Sweep In Texas
Friday, Jun 8, 2018 – 17:10 | Comments Off on Newgarden Leads Penske Qualifying Sweep In Texas
Newgarden Leads Penske Qualifying Sweep In Texas

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Defending IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden won the pole for Saturday night’s race at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday and in doing so, led Team Penske to a sweep of the first three positions on the starting grid.
Newgarden drove the No. 1 Team Penske Chevrolet to a two-lap average speed of 220.613 mph on the […]

Will Power Wins The 2018 Indianapolis 500
Sunday, May 27, 2018 – 14:27 | Comments Off on Will Power Wins The 2018 Indianapolis 500
Will Power Wins The 2018 Indianapolis 500

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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There was a time when Will Power was regarded as a road-circuit ace whose skill on oval tracks was in question. That question was answered for good on Sunday when the Team Penske driver dominated the second half of Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 and got his first victory in auto racing’s […]

Is The NASCAR Hall of Fame Getting Too Crowded?
Thursday, May 24, 2018 – 16:22 | Comments Off on Is The NASCAR Hall of Fame Getting Too Crowded?
Is The NASCAR Hall of Fame Getting Too Crowded?

During the early part of my tenure as a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame voting panel – like the first year or two voting was held – colleagues, friends and readers would constantly offer suggestions on the format and rules used to elect the honorees.
One of the most common suggestions concerned the decision […]

Pole/Bump Weekend Was Mostly Good
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 – 13:57 | Comments Off on Pole/Bump Weekend Was Mostly Good
Pole/Bump Weekend Was Mostly Good

It seems to get more and more difficult to issue attaboys to American racing series these days: It’s tough to pat somebody on the back when you are using your hands to scratch your head.
But over the weekend, thanks to the good old Indianapolis 500, it became easy to rekindle a bit of love with […]