Jim Peltz

Writer

Jim Peltz covers auto racing and other sports for the Los Angeles Times. He turned his attention to NASCAR, IndyCar and other racing in 2006 after a lengthy career as a national business reporter in Los Angeles and New York writing about corporate America, Wall Street and the economy. He graduated from UCLA and earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado.

Recent Articles

  • Townsend Bell and Ryan Hunter-Reay mishap knocks them from Indy 500 contention

    Townsend Bell and Ryan Hunter-Reay mishap knocks them from Indy 500 contention

    The Andretti Autosport team won the Indianapolis 500 with rookie Alexander Rossi – but only after two of its other drivers took themselves out of contention. Ryan Hunter-Reay and Townsend Bell were running first and second when they pitted just past the halfway point. As they were leaving the pits,...

  • Rookie Alexander Rossi wins Indianapolis 500

    Rookie Alexander Rossi wins Indianapolis 500

    After parking in Victory Lane, Alexander Rossi removed his helmet and sat motionless in his race car for a moment, seemingly to fully grasp what had just happened. And why not? Rossi, 24, had won the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 as a rookie after a stunning turn of events in the closing...

  • Rookie Alexander Rossi wins the Indy 500

    Rookie Alexander Rossi wins the Indy 500

    Alexander Rossi, a 24-year-old rookie from California, won the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 after the other leaders were forced to pit for fuel in the closing laps. Rossi, too, was running out of fuel but he had enough to slowly cross the finish line at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Carlos...

  • The start of the Indianapolis 500 is unique, thrilling and dangerous

    The start of the Indianapolis 500 is unique, thrilling and dangerous

    The Indianapolis 500 is steeped with traditions but only one kept Michael Andretti awake the night before a race: The start. “It’s all you think about,” said Andretti, a former IndyCar driver and now team owner. “You run that start through your mind about a million times. There’s nothing like it.”...

  • Californian Charlie Kimball seeks first Indianapolis 500 win

    Californian Charlie Kimball seeks first Indianapolis 500 win

    It’s a dream Charlie Kimball plays in his head over and over. The Camarillo native has just captured the Indianapolis 500, and he imagines what it’s like indulging in the traditions accorded the winner. “Dreams of milk in Victory Lane, dreams of the wreath, dreams of coming back first thing Monday...

  • Tony Kanaan is ready to seize second Indianapolis 500 win

    Tony Kanaan is ready to seize second Indianapolis 500 win

    Tony Kanaan, the veteran Brazilian seeking his second Indianapolis 500 victory, topped the speed chart Friday in final practice for the 100th running of the legendary race. Kanaan, who reached 226.280 mph during his fastest lap, is a 41-year-old fan favorite who finally won the Indy 500 in 2013...

  • Kanaan, Munoz top final practice for Indianapolis 500

    Kanaan, Munoz top final practice for Indianapolis 500

    Tony Kanaan, the veteran Brazilian seeking his second Indianapolis 500 victory, topped the speed chart Friday in the final practice for the 100th running of the legendary race. Kanaan, who reached 226.280 mph during his fastest lap , is a 41-year-old fan favorite who finally won the Indy 500 in...

  • Indianapolis 500 celebrates 100th running with a sellout

    Indianapolis 500 celebrates 100th running with a sellout

    Two years ago, USA Today polled its readers for their bucket lists of sports events they most wanted to attend at least once. The top vote-getter wasn’t the Super Bowl or the Masters or the Olympics. It was the Indianapolis 500. The iconic race returns Sunday for the 100th running of the Memorial...

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