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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

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 […]

NHRA In Topeka Postponed
Monday, May 21, 2018 – 7:02 | Comments Off on NHRA In Topeka Postponed
NHRA In Topeka Postponed

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An eight-hour rain delay and cooling weather later in the day forced the conclusion of the NHRA Heartland Nationals to be pushed to Monday.

Sportsman racing begins at 8 a.m. followed by the Pros at 10 a.m. Top Fuel points leader Steve Torrence is among those still in the hunt.

Clay Millican (Top Fuel), Courtney Force (Funny […]

Hometown Hero Carpenter Wins Pole For 2018 500
Sunday, May 20, 2018 – 16:51 | Comments Off on Hometown Hero Carpenter Wins Pole For 2018 500
Hometown Hero Carpenter Wins Pole For 2018 500

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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As a track-rat child, Indianapolis-born Ed Carpenter had explored just about every square inch of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The one place he has not been is in Victory Circle on Memorial Day weekend. He will attempt to remedy that next Sunday and he will do so as the pole winner […]

Castroneves, Danica Earn Shot At 500 Pole
Saturday, May 19, 2018 – 16:56 | Comments Off on Castroneves, Danica Earn Shot At 500 Pole
Castroneves, Danica Earn Shot At 500 Pole

Two of the big stories at the 2018 Indianapolis 500 got a bit bigger on Saturday as  Helio Castroneves and Danica Patrick both drove into Sunday’s Fast Nine second day of qualifying and, hence, will have a shot at winning the pole for next Sunday’s race.
Team Penske’s Castroneves posted the top number during Sunday’s Bump […]

Power Repeats As Winner Of The Indy Grand Prix
Saturday, May 12, 2018 – 16:43 | Comments Off on Power Repeats As Winner Of The Indy Grand Prix
Power Repeats As Winner Of The Indy Grand Prix

Will Power played the tire game to perfection on Saturday and that handed him the victory in the INDY Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s infield road course.
The victory was the third for the Team Penske driver in the event with the others coming in 2015 and then last year.
He led 56 laps of […]