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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

Lights Come On At The Roar Before The 24
Sunday, Jan 11, 2015 – 9:36 | Comments Off
Lights Come On At The Roar Before The 24

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The lights went on at the Roar Before the 24 sports car test at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night, but the fastest lap of the day was recorded when the Corvette Daytona Prototype of Wayne Taylor Racing drove lights out on Saturday morning.
The Roar – a three-day open [...]

Tudor Sports Cars Roar To Life In Daytona
Friday, Jan 9, 2015 – 19:49 | Comments Off
Tudor Sports Cars Roar To Life In Daytona

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Big-time racing got off to a roaring start as testing for the 2015 Rolex 24 sports car race at Daytona International Speedway began on Friday, and it was one of motosports’ biggest teams that had the biggest day.
Chip Ganassi Racing had the fastest and second-fastest cars during the first of [...]

Roush Fenway Unveils 2015 Lineup of Crew Chiefs
Tuesday, Jan 6, 2015 – 16:20 | Comments Off
Roush Fenway Unveils 2015 Lineup of Crew Chiefs

Roush Fenway Racing has filled out its roster of crew chiefs for the 2015 NASCAR season, which begins next month at Speedweeks in Daytona.
The lineup features the return of Bob Osborne. Osborne will call the shots for Trevor Bayne and the No. 6 AdvoCare Ford.
Osborne served as a crew chief at RFR from 2004 until [...]

Ganassi Pairs Hand With Pruett In Tudor Car
Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 – 19:44 | Comments Off
Ganassi Pairs Hand With Pruett In Tudor Car

Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates closed out a big month of news by announcing Tuesday that Joey Hand will replace Memo Rojas as co-driver of the team’s No. 01 Daytona Prototype car in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship series.
Hand will team with veteran Scott Pruett in the car, which was a multiple-season champion [...]

Sprint To End Cup Series Sponsorship in 2017
Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 – 14:04 | One Comment
Sprint To End Cup Series Sponsorship in 2017

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The Sprint Cup Series will no longer exist after the 2016 racing season. Instead, a new entitlement sponsor’s name will precede the word “Cup”.
That became known Tuesday when it was announced that Kansas-based telecommunications giant Sprint will part with NASCAR’s top series after its current contract expires in 2016.
NASCAR Senior Vice [...]

Health Problems Again Strike Vickers
Monday, Dec 15, 2014 – 16:20 | Comments Off
Health Problems Again Strike Vickers

Michael Waltrip Racing driver Brian Vickers will miss the beginning of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season because of health issues.
Vickers’ body, it was reported Monday, was rejecting the patch inserted to repair a hole in his heart in 2010.
On Saturday, he had surgery to repair the hole in his heart.
“Brian has been a part [...]

IndyCar Series To Double Down – Twice – In 2015
Thursday, Dec 4, 2014 – 10:17 | Comments Off
IndyCar Series To Double Down – Twice – In 2015

Undeterred by massive criticism about Formula One’s decision to offer double championship points in that series’ season-ending race in 2014, INDYCAR announced this week that it is following suit.
In fact, America’s premier open-wheel series announced it was one-upping its European-based counterpart.
When the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook was issued to teams this week, it included [...]

NASCAR Notes: Kahne Signs New Deal With Hendrick
Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 – 10:07 | Comments Off
NASCAR Notes: Kahne Signs New Deal With Hendrick

Kasey Kahne, fresh off making his third straight appearance in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship playoffs, has signed a new contract with Hendrick Motorsports.
The deal is for three years, beginning with 2015.
“It’s extremely gratifying to work with a driver like Kasey,” Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports, said. “I think the world [...]

Harvick Wins Homestead, 2014 Cup Championship
Sunday, Nov 16, 2014 – 18:52 | Comments Off
Harvick Wins Homestead, 2014 Cup Championship

When Kevin Harvick took the seat of the deceased Dale Earnhardt Sr. in 2001, a lot of people figured that Harvick would most certainly become a Sprint Cup champion. It’s taken 13 years but on Sunday, Harvick proved those people correct.
Harvick won Sunday’s season-ending race and with it, the 2014 Sprint Cup championship.
The victory was [...]

Championship Takes: Bread, Bullies And Cinderella
Sunday, Nov 16, 2014 – 10:13 | One Comment
Championship Takes: Bread, Bullies And Cinderella

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Some pre-race thoughts on Sunday’s  season-ending, championship-deciding Sprint Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
You have to remember that Wonderbread – that gooey, relatively tasteless and nutritionally neutral (at best) thing that kids seem to like but doctors say to avoid – is sliced. You have to remember that when somebody compares [...]