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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

Bowyer Is Proud Owner Of New Ferrari Ride
Friday, Jan 18, 2013 – 8:26 | Comments Off
Bowyer Is Proud Owner Of New Ferrari Ride

Some news and notes from sports car racing:
A year ago at about this time, Sprint Cup driver Clint Bowyer turned up his nose – almost literally – when asked if he had any interest in driving a Ferrari 458 Italia GT car for/with his then-new NASCAR team owner, Michael Waltrip.
“Nah,” the Kansas native said with [...]

Gen 6 Cars: Very Pretty, But Can They Race?
Thursday, Jan 17, 2013 – 8:51 | One Comment
Gen 6 Cars: Very Pretty, But Can They Race?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The theme which emerged from last weekend’s three-day Preseason Thunder test session at Daytona International Speedway was impossible to miss or misinterpret: The Gen 6 cars look great.
And in announcing that view loudly and constantly, NASCAR and its teams and its drivers and its manufacturers also were issuing a subtle [...]

Things Go Bump In The Afternoon At Daytona
Friday, Jan 11, 2013 – 18:55 | Comments Off
Things Go Bump In The Afternoon At Daytona

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
News, notes and quotes from Friday’s second day of Preseason Thunder testing:
Sprint Cup drivers finally got around to serious drafting during Friday’s testing at Daytona International Speedway and the result was a multi-car wreck which took out several of the sport’s top drivers.
Among the drivers involved were Dale Earnhardt Jr., defending [...]

Thunder Claps: Danica Plans And Driver Feuds
Thursday, Jan 10, 2013 – 19:04 | 2 Comments
Thunder Claps: Danica Plans And Driver Feuds

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
News, notes and quotes from Day 1 of the three-day Preseason Thunder test session at Daytona International Speedway:
Danica Patrick kicked off her first season as a full-time Sprint Cup driver on Thursday. Between practice runs, she shed a bit of light on her racing life in 2013.
First, she said that [...]

The 2013 Rolex 24 Will Have Designated Villain
Thursday, Jan 10, 2013 – 10:11 | 5 Comments
The 2013 Rolex 24 Will Have Designated Villain

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Some random racin’ thoughts:
Juan Pablo Montoya may want to give the safety equipment in his BMW Riley prototype some extra attention before he takes to the track in this year’s Rolex 24-hour race at Daytona International Speedway.
Montoya, the former Formula 1 bad boy, has morphed neatly into being the Grand-Am [...]

Merged Sports Car Series Unveils 2014 Classes
Friday, Jan 4, 2013 – 12:06 | Comments Off
Merged Sports Car Series Unveils 2014 Classes

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
GRAND-AM Road Racing and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón announced the initial concept for the organizations’ unified competition class structure that will debut in January 2014 at the 52nd running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
The lineup, unveiled during a teleconference Friday,  will be in effect [...]

IndyCar Champ, NASCAR’s Bowyer Going Shopping For A Rolex
Friday, Jan 4, 2013 – 10:11 | Comments Off
IndyCar Champ, NASCAR’s Bowyer Going Shopping For A Rolex

There is no one, single starting date for the American auto racing season. Instead, there are several key events that combine to mark the start. Like this week’s Roar Before the 24 at the Daytona International Speedway infield road course.
The Roar is an open practice for teams and drivers planning to compete in the historic [...]

Pastrana To Take Run At Nationwide Championship
Thursday, Jan 3, 2013 – 12:40 | One Comment
Pastrana To Take Run At Nationwide Championship

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
News and notes from the first week of 2013:
Travis Pastrana will make the move to full-time NASCAR racing in 2013, driving Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 60 Ford Mustang in all 33 events on the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule.
“I am extremely excited about making the move into full-time NASCAR competition in [...]

Gen 6 Cup Cars Prove Comfy-Cozy For Gen 6 Drivers
Thursday, Dec 13, 2012 – 11:19 | One Comment
Gen 6 Cup Cars Prove Comfy-Cozy For Gen 6 Drivers

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
If you’re an old-schooler – one who thinks that stock car racing was better back in the day because driving cars that were actually showroom-based offered a better test of men and machine than have modern Sprint Cup cars – the new Gen 6 vehicles tested this week at Charlotte [...]

Keselowski Named Winner Of 2012 DOTY Award
Thursday, Dec 6, 2012 – 10:01 | Comments Off
Keselowski Named Winner Of 2012 DOTY Award

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Brad Keselowski capped off The Year of the Beer Thursday when he was named winner of the 2012 Driver of the Year award.
The 28-year-old NASCAR Sprint Cup champion from Rochester Hills, Mich., won the DOTY honor by earning 18 votes from the panel of 19 media members who participate in [...]