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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

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
RacinToday.com
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
RacinToday.com
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
RacinToday.com
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
RacinToday.com
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 [...]

IMSA’s Atherton: We Learned From Our Mistakes
Sunday, Jan 18, 2015 – 9:49 | One Comment
IMSA’s Atherton: We Learned From Our Mistakes

For Scott Atherton, the president and chief operating officer of the International Motor Sports Association, giving birth to the Tudor United SportsCar Series was like, well, giving birth. Except these birthing pains lasted a year and a half.
“I’ve referenced it as being the most challenging, the most difficult 18 months of my life,” Atherton told [...]

Barrichello Sets The Pace On Wet Finale Of Roar
Sunday, Jan 11, 2015 – 19:42 | Comments Off
Barrichello Sets The Pace On Wet Finale Of Roar

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Peter Baron’s knack for attracting big-name drivers to his Starworks Motorsports teams appears to paying off again as the 2015 edition of the Rolex 24 hour race at Daytona International Speedway approaches.
His latest talent catch, long-time Formula One driver Rubens Barrichello, agreed to drive a Starworks Dinan Riley in the [...]

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 [...]