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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

Allmendinger Replaces Kurt Busch At Penske Racing
Wednesday, Dec 21, 2011 – 11:54 | One Comment
Allmendinger Replaces Kurt Busch At Penske Racing

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Penske Racing has named AJ Allmendinger to replace Kurt Busch as the driver of the team’s No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Allmendinger, competed in the Cup Series for Richard Petty Motorsports, is coming off a season that saw him finish 15th in the series [...]

Pedley: Championship Party Has Been Subdued
Wednesday, Dec 21, 2011 – 10:03 | Comments Off
Pedley: Championship Party Has Been Subdued

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The timing of Tuesday’ media teleconference with Dario Franchitti and Chip Ganassi offered the first reminder that 2011 was anything but a business-as-usual racing season for the IndyCar Series: It was a presser with the championship winners and was held two months after the season ended.
Then there was the tone [...]

Muscle Milk Teams Up With Honda
Wednesday, Dec 21, 2011 – 7:58 | Comments Off
Muscle Milk Teams Up With Honda

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Muscle Milk Pickett Racing announced it has turned to Honda Performance Development for the upcoming American Le Mans Series season and will run the HPD ARX-03a in the LMP1 class.
The team will continue to have Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr drive its cars.
“We’re very proud to announce this deal with HPD as we feel confident [...]

Pedley: INDYCAR Made Correct Call On Vegas 2012
Monday, Dec 19, 2011 – 11:15 | One Comment
Pedley: INDYCAR Made Correct Call On Vegas 2012

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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INDYCAR, after one of the most darkly bizarre seasons which American auto racing has ever witnessed, finally made a good call. It did so earlier this month when it took the Las Vegas IndyCar Series race off of its 2012 schedule.
Yes, it took the death of one of its most [...]

Pedley: Danica May Now Have Perfect Mentor
Saturday, Dec 17, 2011 – 12:04 | 3 Comments
Pedley: Danica May Now Have Perfect Mentor

Greg Zipadelli’s new job will not be of the low-profile variety. On the contrary. Because in addition to taking over as competition director at Stewart-Haas Racing, Zipadelli will also serve as interim crew chief for Danica Patrick as she forays into the Sprint Cup Series.
Love it, Zipadelli said of the second part of the job [...]

Zipadelli And Stewart Are Reunited At SHR
Friday, Dec 16, 2011 – 10:03 | 2 Comments
Zipadelli And Stewart Are Reunited At SHR

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Sprint Cup Series team owner/driver Tony Stewart has been reunited with Greg Zipadelli, the crew chief with whom he won the 2002 and 2005 series championships.
Zipadelli on Friday was released from his contract with Joe Gibbs Racing and was quickly hired by Stewart to serve as competition director at Stewart-Haas [...]

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
RacinToday.com
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
RacinToday.com
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 [...]