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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

The Champ Opens Speedweeks By Opening Up
Saturday, Feb 14, 2015 – 9:24 | Comments Off
The Champ Opens Speedweeks By Opening Up

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Kevin Harvick arrived at Daytona International Speedway for Speedweeks this month as The Man. After 14 years and 502 Sprint Cup starts, the driver with the built-in smirk finally got to walk the grounds at stock car racing’s grandest stage as a champion.
One of his first duties was to put […]

Daytona Media Day: It All Seems So Very Familiar
Friday, Feb 13, 2015 – 10:21 | Comments Off
Daytona Media Day: It All Seems So Very Familiar

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The thing that strikes you as you watch Media Day at Daytona International Speedway in February is the deja vu of it all.
It’s like they have this hat containing slips of paper upon which the same questions that have been asked every year since the Streamline Hotel meetings are written […]

Turns Out That Line Was Ready For Start Of 2015 Afterall
Monday, Feb 9, 2015 – 15:32 | Comments Off
Turns Out That Line Was Ready For Start Of 2015 Afterall

An interview with Jason Line two weeks ago began with an ice-breaker question that didn’t result in an ice-breaker answer. No, the two-time NHRA Pro Stock champion said, waving off standard answer of  something ike “absolutely”, he was not ready for the 2015 season to begin. He and his team needed more time to do […]

Line Forgets Foul Ending To 2014; Turns Thoughts To Winternationals
Friday, Feb 6, 2015 – 10:13 | Comments Off
Line Forgets Foul Ending To 2014; Turns Thoughts To Winternationals

During a telephone interview earlier this week, Jason Line sounded as though he knew exactly what question he was going to be asked first and he had an answer loaded and ready – probably because he had been asked the question more times than he would prefer in recent months.
Thoughts about the last run of […]

Wayne Taylor Racing Penalized For Rolex Violation
Friday, Jan 30, 2015 – 17:53 | Comments Off
Wayne Taylor Racing Penalized For Rolex Violation

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The No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Prototype team and drivers Jordan Taylor, Ricky Taylor and Max Angelelli have been reclassified as finishing last in the Prototype class in the Rolex 24 At Daytona due to a violation of drive-time rules. In the Rolex 24, the maximum drive time was no more than four hours in […]

Dixon Gives Ganassi Racing Victory In The Rolex
Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 – 14:15 | One Comment
Dixon Gives Ganassi Racing Victory In The Rolex

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Scott Dixon tracked down and passed Jordan Taylor with just over and hour to go and went on to win the 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday.
Dixon, driving the No. 02 Ford-powered Riley of Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, took the checkered flag at the end […]

Hinchcliffe, Mazda Ready To Make Move At 24
Friday, Jan 23, 2015 – 17:38 | Comments Off
Hinchcliffe, Mazda Ready To Make Move At 24

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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At least SpeedSource Racing and its factory-backed Mazda turbo diesel prototypes didn’t let anybody down in last year’s Rolex 24. Not really. Not even when its two cars failed to finish. The Lola-based P2 cars, with their SKYACTIV technology, were new, they were complicated, they were not battle tested and […]

Michael Shank Racing’s Honda Ligier On Pole At Rolex 24
Thursday, Jan 22, 2015 – 19:23 | Comments Off
Michael Shank Racing’s Honda Ligier On Pole At Rolex 24

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Oswaldo Negri on Thursday put Michael Shank Racing’s Honda-powered Ligier JS P2 car on the pole for the 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Negri, who will co-drive with John Pew, Matt McMurry and A.J. Allmendinger in the race on Saturday/Sunday, won the pole with a lap 1:39.19.
Chip Ganassi Racing Daytona […]

Q and A: Gordon – “Today Is An Emotional Day”
Thursday, Jan 22, 2015 – 18:01 | Comments Off
Q and A: Gordon – “Today Is An Emotional Day”

On Thursday morning, Jeff Gordon announced to his Hendrick Motorsports team that 2015 would be the last year that he competed full time in the Sprint Cup Series.
Thursday afternoon, the 43-year-old driver held a teleconference with the media to explain his decision and to take question about it.
Gordon, a four-time Cup champion and the winner […]

Walker’s Little Team Has Big Plans For The Weekend
Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 – 10:23 | Comments Off
Walker’s Little Team Has Big Plans For The Weekend

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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As he talked about strategy for this weekend’s Rolex 24, long-time race-team owner Derrick Walker rolled out a version of the old hare vs. tortoise parable. Depending on circumstances in a twice-around-the-clock sports car race, he said, teams can opt for all-out sprinting, or slow-and-steady.
Asked how his Team Falken Tires […]