Former Sprint car Veteran, Jim Edwards, passed away on May 27, 2001 at age 56. in Phoenix, AZ, only 6 weeks after being diagnosed with cancer. Jim's driving career began at Ascot Park in Gardenia, California in a car owned by his father, Les Edwards, in 1967. Jim Competed in C.R.A. for five years before moving to Central Pennsylvania for the opportunity to race more than once a week. Over the next 12 years he was very competitive, in the tough PA circuit scoring dozens of main event wins and championships at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottsville, PA> The promoter at Lincoln, Hilly Rife, dubbed him "gentleman" Jimmy Edwards and that moniker stuck with him for the remainder of his career. He moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1986 and continued winning races that resulted in three S.C.O.A. Championships. For the last 14 years Jim worked as the technical adviser/salesperson at Total Seal Piston Rings representing that company at major races and trade shows nationwide. His passion in recent years turned to flying his Beechcraft Bonanza along with his many friends at Deer Valley Airport. Jim was cremated on June 9th and a virtual squadron of aircraft flew his ashes to Sedona, Arizona and released them from the air. Rest in peace.