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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

INDYCAR: Blow From Fence Post Killed Wheldon
Thursday, Dec 15, 2011 – 12:28 | Comments Off
INDYCAR: Blow From Fence Post Killed Wheldon

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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INDYCAR  on Thursday released the findings of its investigation into the wreck that took the life of driver Dan Wheldon at Las Vegas Motor Speedway 11 laps into the final race of the 2011 season.
Those findings include the conclusion that a catch fence support pole hit by Wheldon’s airborne car [...]

Cup’s Stewart Is Driver Of The Year Award Winner
Wednesday, Dec 14, 2011 – 8:35 | Comments Off
Cup’s Stewart Is Driver Of The Year Award Winner

NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Tony Stewart was named winner of the 2011 Driver of the Year Award today.
Stewart, the 2011 Cup champion, was awarded the honor by a panel of leading motorsports journalists and broadcasters.
Stewart, co-owner with Gene Haas of the Stewart-Haas Racing team for which he drives, also was the leading vote-getter in balloting [...]

Pedley: Time To Describe Some Nouns
Monday, Dec 12, 2011 – 10:31 | Comments Off
Pedley: Time To Describe Some Nouns

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Race fans, it’s an Adjective Day…
Curious – A lot of signs point to the hiring of David Ragan by Penske Racing. The job, of course, being to take the place of Kurt Busch in the No. 22 Dodge.
And a good job it is: The previous driver was in the Chase [...]

Gaughan To Drive For Childress
Thursday, Dec 8, 2011 – 19:28 | Comments Off
Gaughan To Drive For Childress

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Brendan Gaughan will drive the No. 33 Chevrolet of Richard Childress Racing in 10 races on the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule. Gaughan will also drive in eight races on the 2012 Camping World Truck Series schedule, driving RCR’s No. 2 Chevrolet Silverado.
Gaughan, 36, is the 2002 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the [...]

Another Season, Another Challenge For Taylor
Thursday, Dec 8, 2011 – 14:13 | Comments Off
Another Season, Another Challenge For Taylor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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An ever-so-slight hint of exasperation tinged Ricky Taylor’s voice as he talked about this week’s Rolex GRAND-AM Series test at the Daytona road course. Yet another challenge was blitzing the young sports car driver and his career, and the 22-year-old sounded ready but cautious on the other end of the [...]

Pagenaud To Drive IndyCars For Sam Schmidt
Thursday, Dec 8, 2011 – 13:30 | Comments Off
Pagenaud To Drive IndyCars For Sam Schmidt

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Frenchman Simon Pagenaud will be the driver of the Sam Schmidt Motorsports (SSM) Honda-powered Dallara in the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series, team owner Sam Schmidt announced today during a press conference in Indianapolis.
SSM team manager Rob Edwards and Pagenaud joined Schmidt at the press conference in the Indiana Convention Center during the International Motorsports Industry [...]

Ford Out As Hamlin’s Crew Chief
Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011 – 18:59 | Comments Off
Ford Out As Hamlin’s Crew Chief

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Joe Gibbs Racing announced that Mike Ford has been released from his duties as crew chief for its No. 11 Sprint Cup Series team.
“Everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing appreciates what Mike has done for our organization over the past six seasons as crew chief with our No. 11 team,” said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe [...]

Pedley: Enough Was Enough For The Captain
Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011 – 11:34 | 2 Comments
Pedley: Enough Was Enough For The Captain

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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A couple of years back, an old friend in racing suddenly disappeared from a job he had landed with the team for which Kurt Busch was driving.
When next I ran into that person, an old racing hand who been through the wars, I asked; what up?
The normally low-key guy pulled [...]

Driver Kurt Busch Is Out At Penske Racing
Monday, Dec 5, 2011 – 9:38 | 3 Comments
Driver Kurt Busch Is Out At Penske Racing

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Kurt Busch and Penske Racing have split.
The team made the announcement this morning on its website, calling the split a mutual decision.
The story on the site read in part:
“Penske Racing announced today that it has reached a mutual agreement with driver Kurt Busch to end its driver/race team relationship, effective [...]

Trade Shows Indicate Shift of Interest For Racers?
Saturday, Dec 3, 2011 – 18:51 | 2 Comments
Trade Shows Indicate Shift of Interest For Racers?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The popular notion about automobile racing in the United States is that the sport has peaked and is currently in a state of contraction. And when it comes to the top tier of racing – the kind featured in big media – that may be true.
But some connected to the [...]