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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

NHRA Kicks Off 2012 At Pomona This Weekend
Thursday, Feb 9, 2012 – 11:14 | Comments Off
NHRA Kicks Off 2012 At Pomona This Weekend

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The 2012 NHRA Full Thottle Drag Racing Series season gets under way today with the start of the 52nd annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Winternationals in Pomona, Calif.
New faces have arrived, old faces have disappeared and other old faces have re-appeared. The most diverse series in all of auto racing will [...]

It’s Big-Jump Time for Top Fueler al Balooshi
Wednesday, Feb 8, 2012 – 12:37 | One Comment
It’s Big-Jump Time for Top Fueler al Balooshi

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Three years ago, when it was first suggested to Khalid alBalooshi that he should be sitting in a Top Fuel dragster in the NHRA by good friend and team-owner His Highness Sheik Khalid al Thani, it all ended with a laugh. The second time that suggestion was made, it ended [...]

Pedley: Kahne Set To Begin A Season Of Stability
Tuesday, Feb 7, 2012 – 11:57 | Comments Off
Pedley: Kahne Set To Begin A Season Of Stability

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Kasey Kahne is the quiet type.  In tone and in volume. So it can be tough to get a solid read on his exact excitement levels when it comes to, well, basically, anything. It was that way a couple of days ago as he stood in [...]

Bowyer Feels Moving To MWR Is A Safe Bet
Saturday, Feb 4, 2012 – 15:31 | 3 Comments
Bowyer Feels Moving To MWR Is A Safe Bet

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Clint Bowyer thought it hilarious that the great blackjack hands he was pulling at a Kansas City casino last Thursday were somehow succumbing to even better hands on the part of the dealer. He did, after all, walk away from the table at the end of the day with a nifty [...]

France Kennedy, ISC Bring Hollywood To Kansas
Friday, Feb 3, 2012 – 16:20 | 3 Comments
France Kennedy, ISC Bring Hollywood To Kansas

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A freakily rare February lightening storm crawled into Kansas City on Friday morning. The big kind. The kind that kicks the danger factor of rush-hour  traffic up to absurd. The kind that can worry pilots and close airports.
Not the kind, however, that was going to turn [...]

Sports Car Notes: Marino Franchitti In Delta Wing
Thursday, Feb 2, 2012 – 16:54 | Comments Off
Sports Car Notes: Marino Franchitti In Delta Wing

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Sports Car Racing Notes:
Scottish sportscar ace Marino Franchitti has been selected as the first driver for the unique DeltaWing program that will debut at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Franchitti’s name was revealed today at the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) press conference that announced the entries for this year’s twice round-the-clock endurance classic.
Launched [...]

Testing Of DSR’s Top Fuel Canopy Is Under Way
Thursday, Feb 2, 2012 – 11:45 | 3 Comments
Testing Of DSR’s Top Fuel Canopy Is Under Way

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The Top Fuel-car canopy being developed by Don Schumacher Racing will be at this weekend’s Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., but it will not be on the DSR cars. That’s unfortunate, driver Tony Schumacher said Wednesday.
“I want (it) to be in that car right away,” Schumacher said.
The canopy, designed to protect [...]

Pedley: Rolex A Great Watch As Season Begins
Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 – 10:19 | 2 Comments
Pedley: Rolex A Great Watch As Season Begins

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The first big race of 2012 is history and, truly historical the Rolex 24-hour race was. Not to mention exciting and entertaining.
Some random thoughts about the 24, its cars, its drivers, its teams and its big moments.
– The race was devoid of mega NASCAR driving stars like Jimmie Johnson, Tony [...]

Pedley: Rolex Not As Exotic, But Still World Class
Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 – 9:55 | Comments Off
Pedley: Rolex Not As Exotic, But Still World Class

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Last week, two of the best sports car racers this country has produced made an interesting assertion. Whether or not that assertion is true or not is highly debatable but it’s dang interesting to think about on the day of America’s most important sports car race.
During a teleconference with the [...]

Kauffman Proudly Blood-Redded
Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 – 4:43 | Comments Off
Kauffman Proudly Blood-Redded

Rob Kauffman’s romance with Ferrari began the same way a lot of romances with the carmaker’s products began: as a youngster tacking up a poster of one of the iconic Italian beauties on his bedroom wall. Amore.
This weekend, Kauffman will take his relationship with Ferrari to a new, historic height as he will help usher [...]