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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

The Speedway Is Open
Saturday, May 15, 2010 – 8:31 | Comments Off
The Speedway Is Open

Two weeks ago, the word “spark” got wide usage in the IZOD IndyCar Series paddocks at Kansas Speedway. And the usage was not directed at what was coming off the skid plates on the bottom of the cars.
Drivers, team owners and officials all were using the word to describe what they were sensing about their [...]

Race Day: Moms Welcome
Saturday, May 8, 2010 – 8:54 | One Comment
Race Day: Moms Welcome

For auto racing families, nothing says “I love you, mom” quite like ear-busting noise and 98 octane gasoline. So, this weekend – Mother’s Day weekend – at Darlington, the moms of several drivers will be at the track.
Here is what a select group of drivers had to say about having their mothers at Darlington for [...]

McMurray Is Back In The Comfort Zone
Friday, May 7, 2010 – 8:17 | One Comment
McMurray Is Back In The Comfort Zone

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
For thousands upon thousands of race-car drivers in America, Roush Fenway Racing is not just a NASCAR team, it’s also an answer to prayers. It’s a top team, a winning team, a team that does things right and a team which has the people and equipment to turn drivers into [...]

Memo: The Age Of Gimmicks Is Upon Us
Thursday, May 6, 2010 – 8:43 | 7 Comments
Memo: The Age Of Gimmicks Is Upon Us

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Let’s see what’s in the old Morning Memo today:
Welcome, race fans, to the age of gimmicks. It’s an age when fast cars, mechanical innovation, may-the-best-team-win and all the other things which have made auto racing the best sport on the rock are not nearly enough to keep ‘em coming back [...]

It Was A Ganassi Kind Of Day In Kansas
Saturday, May 1, 2010 – 14:56 | One Comment
It Was A Ganassi Kind Of Day In Kansas

Kansas City, Kan. – Just prior to the start of Saturday’s IndyCar Series event, Mike Hull brushed aside the suggestion that because his Target Chip Ganassi team was racing at a place where they had won the last three races, it had to be favored this year.
Hull was wearing dark glasses at the time so [...]

Schrader Leaps At Chance To Drive Top Truck
Saturday, May 1, 2010 – 11:42 | One Comment
Schrader Leaps At Chance To Drive Top Truck

Kansas City, Kan. – When Ken Schrader got a text message from Kevin Harvick a couple of weeks ago, he didn’t know what to think. The message was kind of cryptic. Harvick simply asked if Schrader was available the weekend of the Kansas City Camping World Truck Series race.
“Hell, I figured he wanted me to [...]

IRL Says That It Will Return To Kansas Speedway
Friday, Apr 30, 2010 – 20:54 | 3 Comments
IRL Says That It Will Return To Kansas Speedway

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kansas City, Kan. – Despite rumors to the contrary, the IndyCar Series’ days of running at Kansas Speedway are not over. So says the head of the Indy Racing League.
“I will promise you that one thing, this (2010) is not the last year,” IRL CEO Randy Bernard told RacinToday.com on [...]

Briscoe Gets First 2010 Pole
Friday, Apr 30, 2010 – 19:15 | Comments Off
Briscoe Gets First 2010 Pole

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kansas City, Kan. – The return to oval-track racing appears to agree with Ryan Briscoe as the Team Penske driver won his first pole of the IndyCar Series season Friday.
Briscoe had a four-lap average speed of 212.145 mph to nab the pole for Saturday’s Road Runner Turbo 300 at the [...]

Anderson Out To Simply Make Andretti Better
Friday, Apr 30, 2010 – 9:28 | 4 Comments
Anderson Out To Simply Make Andretti Better

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kansas City, Kan. – When Tom Anderson showed up at Andretti Autosport to begin duty as senior vice president of racing operations late last year, he had with him his list of things he knew he wanted to work on.
Incredibly, the list was a short one. Just four things.
That tells [...]

‘Little Al’ Helps Rookies Get Up To Speed On Ovals
Wednesday, Apr 28, 2010 – 17:45 | Comments Off
‘Little Al’ Helps Rookies Get Up To Speed On Ovals

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Kansas City, Kan. – Al Unser Jr. had a big smile on his face and a cigarette in his hand as he sat in a white Buick van behind the pit wall at Kanas Speedway Wednesday. Nothing unusual about any of that.
It was the cause of the smile which was [...]