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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. He's a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Arts in History.

Articles by Jim Pedley

Media Days Come, Go, And Stay The Same
Friday, Feb 16, 2018 – 18:12 | Comments Off on Media Days Come, Go, And Stay The Same
Media Days Come, Go, And Stay The Same

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Media Day for Speedweeks was held Wednesday. Never fun, seldom insightful, occasionally entertaining and often embarrassing, the 2018 edition of the gathering produced more of the same.
For example?
No kidding, somebody asked this of Alex Bowman, new driver of the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy: “Do you feel like you’ve inherited […]

Live Broadcasting And Drag Racing Not A Good Fit
Sunday, Feb 11, 2018 – 9:32 | Comments Off on Live Broadcasting And Drag Racing Not A Good Fit
Live Broadcasting And Drag Racing Not A Good Fit

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
It was extremely heartening a couple of years ago when it was announced that the great product that the NHRA puts on the track would finally, finally, get its due from a broadcast partner. Fox Sports would replace ESPN as that partner in 2016 and the promise of watchable drag […]

Rolex 24 Notes: ESM Arrives On A Roll
Wednesday, Jan 24, 2018 – 13:12 | Comments Off on Rolex 24 Notes: ESM Arrives On A Roll
Rolex 24 Notes: ESM Arrives On A Roll

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
If momentum means anything in auto racing, the Tequila Patron ESM team should be something to watch in this coming weekend’s Rolex 24 IMSA WeatherTech series race at Daytona International Speedway.
ESM Nissan Onroak DPi cars won two of the final three races in 2017 – at Road America in Elkhart Lake, […]

Gurney An Easy Choice For Racing’s Mt. Rushmore
Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018 – 10:32 | Comments Off on Gurney An Easy Choice For Racing’s Mt. Rushmore
Gurney An Easy Choice For Racing’s Mt. Rushmore

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
 
The news of Dan Gurney’s passing over the weekend re-fired a raging and often hostile debate between me, myself and I which seems to flare whenever something of major auto racing significance makes headlines.
It’s the debate about which four American drivers are most deserving of having their visages cut into […]

Alonso Takes To The DIS High Banks
Saturday, Jan 6, 2018 – 9:34 | Comments Off on Alonso Takes To The DIS High Banks
Alonso Takes To The DIS High Banks

The Americanization of Spanish driver Fernando Alonso continued on Friday when the two-time Formula One world champion took his first laps in a sports car during the Roar Before the 24 practice at Daytona International Speedway.
Loved it, Alonso, who is co-piloting the No. 23 United Autosports Ligier LM P2 car, said after his initial laps.
“It […]

Pruett Says His Career Will End After The ’18 Rolex
Friday, Jan 5, 2018 – 16:32 | Comments Off on Pruett Says His Career Will End After The ’18 Rolex
Pruett Says His Career Will End After The ’18 Rolex

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
For Scott Pruett, a sixth Rolex 24 victory would be great but a seventh is not in the cards as the veteran American sports car driving ace announced Friday that he will retire following this year’s endurance classic at Daytona International Speedway.
Pruett, who is 58 years old, announced that he […]

Porsche Bosses Talk About End Of The 919s
Monday, Dec 11, 2017 – 15:59 | Comments Off on Porsche Bosses Talk About End Of The 919s
Porsche Bosses Talk About End Of The 919s

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Five years ago, when it was announced that Porsche was re-entering cars in the prototype division of the World Endurance Championship, sports car freaks freaked out. The news was as important as it was exciting to a sport that was having as many downs as up worldwide.
Even competitors from opposing […]

Two Exiting Stars Take Different Paths Out The Door
Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017 – 17:54 | 3 Comments
Two Exiting Stars Take Different Paths Out The Door

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
As the 2017 NASCAR season drew to a close in the deepening darkness of Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday evening, so too did the driving careers of the sport’s two biggest stars of the 21st Century.
And the exits of those two careers were marked by the same kinds of attitudes that […]

Furniture Row Stayed With It And Then Won It
Monday, Nov 20, 2017 – 10:43 | Comments Off on Furniture Row Stayed With It And Then Won It
Furniture Row Stayed With It And Then Won It

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
During those high-interest years of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, we all watched and snickered as NASCAR outsiders brashly barged their way into the sport and then, extremely quickly, barged their way out again sans their brashness.
Then there was one group of outsiders that did stay, and on […]

Truex Wins Homestead; Earns First Championship
Sunday, Nov 19, 2017 – 18:43 | Comments Off on Truex Wins Homestead; Earns First Championship
Truex Wins Homestead; Earns First Championship

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Martin Truex Jr. held off Kyle Busch over the final laps to win Sunday’s season-ending race and the NASCAR Cup Series championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday.
The championship was Truex’s first and also the first for his Colorado-based Furniture Row Racing team.
“It’s just overwhelming,” he said. “To think about all […]