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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

  • Indy 500: Camarillo native Charlie Kimball finishes 3rd

    Indy 500: Camarillo native Charlie Kimball finishes 3rd

    Charlie Kimball's third-place finish Sunday was his career best in five starts in the Indianapolis 500. The Camarillo native, who drives for Chip Ganassi Racing, led 10 laps after starting 14th. As he tried to catch front-runners Juan Pablo Montoya and Will Power in the final laps, Kimball said,...

  • Juan Pablo Montoya improves his stock with Indianapolis 500 triumph

    Juan Pablo Montoya improves his stock with Indianapolis 500 triumph

    After winning the Indianapolis 500 in his first try and then winning races in the Formula One series, Juan Pablo Montoya moved to NASCAR stock-car racing, where he mostly struggled for several years. But famed team owner Roger Penske was convinced Montoya could find Victory Lane again, and brought...

  • Helio Castroneves goes for fourth Indy 500 win

    Helio Castroneves goes for fourth Indy 500 win

    Upside down, staring directly at blue skies above, was not how Helio Castroneves planned to start his march toward a record-tying fourth win at the Indianapolis 500. During practice two weeks ago, Castroneves' car spun at 200 mph at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, crashed into the Turn 1 wall, then...

  • Californian Townsend Bell set for annual date with Indy 500

    Californian Townsend Bell set for annual date with Indy 500

    Imagine being a pitcher whose only big-league starts come in the World Series. Or an NFL kicker who appears only in the Super Bowl. Townsend Bell makes only one start a year in IndyCar racing but it's the one race that counts most: The crown-jewel Indianapolis 500. The veteran California racer...

  • Ryan Hunter-Reay will defend his Indy 500 title from middle of the pack

    Ryan Hunter-Reay will defend his Indy 500 title from middle of the pack

    When it comes to fast lap times, Ryan Hunter-Reay hasn't been particularly impressive leading up to the Indianapolis 500. So perhaps the Floridian is right in his sweet spot. Hunter-Reay is the defending champion of the Indianapolis 500, which he won last year by a narrow margin after starting...

  • Will Power, Scott Dixon lead final practice for Indianapolis 500

    Will Power, Scott Dixon lead final practice for Indianapolis 500

    Will Power and Scott Dixon posted the fastest laps Friday in final practice for the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. Power turned a lap of 229.020 under clear skies at the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway, followed by Dixon at 228.585 mph. It was a reversal of the way they'll start the 99th running...

  • Indy 500 favorite Scott Dixon must cope with Penske trio, aerodynamics

    Indy 500 favorite Scott Dixon must cope with Penske trio, aerodynamics

    With the arrival of Memorial Day weekend, the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 is Sunday. Scott Dixon, a former Indy 500 winner and three-time series champion, will lead the 33-car field from the pole position at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Alongside Dixon in the Indy 500's unique three-wide...

  • How Tim Armstrong steered AOL back to the future

    How Tim Armstrong steered AOL back to the future

    In 2009, when Tim Armstrong took over as chief executive of AOL Inc., he faced a daunting task: Turn around a company that had gone from an Internet pioneer to near obsolescence in less than a decade. Six years later, Armstrong has not only revived AOL, he reinvented it, creating a thriving digital...

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