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  • Live from Trackside - Chevrolet Dual in Detroit
    May 29

    Live from Trackside - Chevrolet Dual in Detroit

    Friday, May 29 5:20 p.m. Obviously I’m disappointed that the No. 83 Levemir FlexTouch Chevrolet wasn’t able to transfer, but we were so close to moving into that next round. We really struggled this morning in practice and I just didn’t get the job done in qualifying. Belle Isle is just a tough track and it’s really challenging for me. At the same time the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Team guys gave me the car I needed, but we just weren’t able to get it done. I think we might’ve been a little better prepared for more grip, but after the rain washed away a lot of that grip we just couldn’t get the lap times we needed. So, we'll start P17 tomorrow and work our way up from there! My mom and sister are both here this weekend, so hopefully I'll be able to spend some downtime with them this evening. My sister came all the way over from England for the races so I'll be working extra hard to do well for her! [caption id="attachment_2325" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption] 9:40 a.m. Good morning... it's Friday and qualifying day! We'll have qualifying for race 1 later this afternoon after a morning practice session. We're really focused on improving our qualifying sessions so we'll definitely be doing a lot of that during this first session. I know the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team will always give me a fast car, so we'll do what we can to get to the most out of it. Click here for the full race weekend schedule and tune-in reminders. If you're here at the track, come out to the Team Chevy display at the INDYCAR Fan Village at 2:15 p.m. today to see me and my Ganassi teammates! [caption id="attachment_2318" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Yesterday's interview with Dr. McGeorge at NBC 4. Yesterday's interview with Dr. McGeorge at NBC 4--Click to watch the video![/caption] [caption id="attachment_2320" align="aligncenter" width="569"]All set up for the street course. All set up for the street course.[/caption] Thursday, May 28 12:45 p.m. Hello from the Motor City! I arrived early this morning for an appearance with Novo Nordisk at Beaumont Hospital. I had the chance to meet some cool kids and show them my IndyCar helmet. Even with a quick turn-around, I can’t wait to get back out in the No. 83 Levemir FlexTouch Chevrolet this weekend for the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit. It’s not only a challenge for the drivers to switch from an oval to road course mentality, but it’s also a lot of work for the Verizon IndyCar Series crews and engineers to be ready for the doubleheaders. I had the chance to do some hot laps on the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix track last week for Indy 500 media day, and I really think we’ll be able to put on two great shows for the fans. As for the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team coming off two strong top-five finishes, we’ll work hard on building on that momentum. Our focus is definitely improving qualifying so we can start up front and stay up front. It took a couple of races, but we’ve hit our stride and will work hard to keep the good results coming. I'm headed into a couple of engineering meetings before the track walk this afternoon, then I'm off to a dinner with Novo Nordisk this evening. Thanks again for all of the messages this week! I'm truly overwhelmed by the support and congratulatory notes sent via email, text, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram... the list goes on. I'm working hard to do even better this weekend! [caption id="attachment_2292" align="aligncenter" width="626"]Photo via INDYCAR Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • Notes: Changes to Honda, Chevrolet aero packages
    May 29

    Notes: Changes to Honda, Chevrolet aero packages

    Via IndyCar.com Alterations to the Chevrolet and Honda road/street course aerodynamic platforms have been implemented by corresponding teams for this weekend’s Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans. INDYCAR mandated that Honda teams remove the outer vertical wall of the front wing assembly end fence, attached flaps and strakes. “We’ve been very cautious of any change that would make the car a challenge to drive and spoke with the manufacturer beforehand to make sure that wasn’t the case,” INDYCAR vice president of technology Will Phillips said. “The manufacturer understood our motivation and supported this action.” Teams have installed a patch where the vertical wall had been attached to the front wing assembly. There is minimal balance change required by teams, according to Phillips. For the Detroit doubleheader, Chevrolet has introduced a winglet on the top of each sidepod for added downforce, creating a potential performance increase on the 2.35-mile, 14-turn street circuit. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_2323" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • Diabetes won't slow down IndyCar driver
    May 28

    Diabetes won't slow down IndyCar driver

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  • Tune in: Chevrolet Dual in Detroit
    May 28

    Tune in: Chevrolet Dual in Detroit

    WATCH All times Eastern Friday, May 29 10:35-11:50 a.m. Practice > Live stream 3:40-4:55 p.m. Qualifying, Dual 1 > Live stream Saturday, May 30 8:55-9:25 a.m. Practice > Live stream 3:30 p.m. Race, Dual 1 > Live on ABC Sunday, May 31 11:25-11:55 a.m. Qualifying, Dual 2 > Live stream 3:30 p.m. Race, Dual 2 > Live on ABC Radio: IMS Radio Network, Sirius 213, XM 209 FOLLOW > Twitter: @DetroitGP @IndyCar #DetroitGP #IndyCar #IndyRivals > Live timing & scoring: INDYCAR Race Control > Mobile: INDYCAR 15 app by Verizon for Apple and Android

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  • What's happening in 48207: Dual in Detroit set-up
    May 28

    What's happening in 48207: Dual in Detroit set-up

    Via IndyCar.com Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans • What: Races 7 and 8 of the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. It is the only doubleheader on the 2015 schedule. … Team Penske swept the two races in 2014, with Will Power winning Race 1 (teammate Helio Castroneves starting from pole; Graham Rahal finishing second) and Castroneves winning Race 2 (Takuma Sato starting from pole; Power finishing second). • Entry list: 23 cars entered • Twitter: @DetroitGP @IndyCar, #DetroitGP, #IndyCar • Tickets and information: www.DetroitGP.com • INDYCAR website: www.IndyCar.com At-track schedule (all times Eastern): May 29 10:35-11:50 a.m. – Verizon IndyCar Series practice 3:40-4:55 p.m. – Three rounds of Verizon IndyCar Series knockout qualifications May 30 8:55-9:25 a.m. – Verizon IndyCar Series practice 3:50 p.m. – Chevrolet Dual in Detroit 1 green flag May 31 10:20 a.m. – Systems check 11:25-11:55 a.m. – Verizon IndyCar Series group qualifications, two groups, 12 minutes each 3:50 p.m. – Chevrolet Dual in Detroit 2 green flag • TV: ABC will telecast both races beginning at 3:30 p.m. (ET) May 30 and 31. Allen Bestwick is the lead announcer for ESPN on ABC alongside analysts Scott Goodyear and Eddie Cheever Jr. Rick DeBruhl, Dr. Jerry Punch and Jon Beekhuis are the pit reporters. • Web: Streaming video of practice sessions and qualifications for both races will be available on RaceControl.IndyCar.com and augmented by real-time Timing & Scoring and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network broadcasts. … Timing & Scoring and the radio broadcasts are available for the races. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_2302" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA[/caption]

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  • Charlie Kimball looks to capitalize on Indianapolis performance in Detroit Dual
    May 27

    Charlie Kimball looks to capitalize on Indianapolis performance in Detroit Dual

    Via MotorSportsTalk Charlie Kimball is on a hot streak. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver ended the Month of May with two top-five finishes in the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis 500, where he was the surprise top finisher for Ganassi in third place. “It took a couple of races, but we’ve hit our stride,” Kimball said in a release. Now Kimball will try to continue his good fortune this weekend at the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park. “Even with a quick turnaround, I can’t wait to get back out in the No. 83 Levemir FlexTouch Chevrolet this weekend for the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit,” Kimball said. “It’s not only a challenge for the drivers to switch from an oval to road course mentality, but it’s also a lot of work for the Verizon IndyCar Series crews and engineers to be ready for the doubleheaders.” Kimball has had relative success at Belle Isle in his five career starts on the 2.35-mile, 14-turn street course. The California native has finished outside the top 10 only once and his best finish is third in last year’s race two, which was his only podium of 2014. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_2305" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA[/caption]

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  • More upgrades made to Belle Isle course
    May 27

    More upgrades made to Belle Isle course

    Via IndyCar.com Spectators and competitors will notice and benefit from infrastructure improvements on Belle Isle when they arrive for the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans. The work, which since last year’s Verizon IndyCar Series doubleheader includes more than $4 million in paving of the 2.35-mile street circuit and $250,000 in drainage improvements, is part of the long-term public-private partnership revitalization initiative started in 2007. The state Department of Natural Resources has operated Belle Isle Park as a state park since February 2014. “We have a brand new racetrack with almost a mile of new pavement; our track is almost entirely concrete. It will be high grip and we know in combination with aero kits fans will see records fall every day,” Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix chairman Bud Denker said. The backstretch, between Turns 6 and 7 of the 14-turn course, has been relocated to the left of the existing street to remove a slight kink, making the “straightaway more straight now,” according to Denker. “We’re going to invest in Belle Isle because of the race being there but the state is investing in Belle Isle because the DNR is running it,” he said. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_2299" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA[/caption]

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  • Grand Prix inspires young Detroiters to think big
    May 26

    Grand Prix inspires young Detroiters to think big

    Via Detroit News When people hear or think about the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, it's natural that mental images often go to race cars, fast speeds and world-class drivers. Yet when Detroit Public School students like Arianna Carter and Declavius Branch reflect on the Grand Prix weekend, they think of 'friction, momentum and kinetic energy.' The two seventh-graders at Hutchinson Middle School recently talked about how their hands-on experiences with the Fifth Gear program, sponsored by PNC and now in its fourth year at the Grand Prix, has impacted their educational experiences in the Detroit Public Schools. Both young people were part of last year's program at Belle Isle, which has grown this year to 700 students of many age groups invited to attend on Thursday, May 28. There, racing professionals will show kids how science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) can positively impact students' futures. Engineers from Chevrolet and its racing partner Ilmor Engineering, along with professional race car drivers, will spend most of that day using various elements of the fast-paced racing environment to bring classroom lessons to life. Carter said last year's trip to Belle Isle helped her learn more about science vocabulary and even produced an urge to potentially be a race car driver. "Words like friction," she said, "an example of friction is brakes on a car. An example for kinetic is books falling and an example for potential energy is a rock at the top of a hill." 'It's all based on STEM' The Grand Prix also engaged high school students from the Detroit Institute of Technology at Cody High School in Detroit through its partnership with Comerica Bank. Winning TUDOR SportsCar Championship drivers Ricky and Jordan Taylor visited the school to meet with students over the winter and on Friday, May 29, about 30 DIT students will visit the Grand Prix to meet with drivers and racing executives about STEM-related careers in racing as part of Comerica Bank Free Prix Day activities. Charlie Kimball, driver of the No. 83 Chip Ganassi Chevy in the Verizon IndyCar Series, grew up in a household where his dad engineered race cars in Formula One and IndyCar. Kimball said working with kids to show them all sides of racing, including how racing technology inside the car monitors his glucose to stabilize his Type 1 diabetes, is significant. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_2308" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA[/caption]

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  • Kimball impresses with podium finish at Indy 500
    May 25

    Kimball impresses with podium finish at Indy 500

    Via FOX Sports Charlie Kimball’s third-place finish in Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 was impressive because his Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet seemed to get faster near the end of the race. The driver from Camarillo, California finished third behind the Team Penske duo of Juan Pablo Montoya and Will Power. “It was a blast,” said Kimball, a Type I Diabetic who has not let his ailment keep from racing competitively. “The guys worked really hard on the car all month. To be so close to winning the pit stop competition on Friday, then to come close today, I think it makes us all hungrier. “It's the Indianapolis 500. You get to the front; you give it everything you've got. Every opportunity you have, you make the most of it.” Kimball finished the highest of any Chip Ganassi Racing driver and that’s quite a surprise considering teammate Scott Dixon started on the pole and led 11 times for 84 laps – the most of any driver in the Indy 500. Dixon had a car that didn’t want to turn at the end of the race and finished fourth. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_2286" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA[/caption]

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  • IndyCar driver Charlie Kimball races past diabetes
    May 25

    IndyCar driver Charlie Kimball races past diabetes

    Via The Windsor Star When he was first given the news, it hit Charlie Kimball harder than any wall he’s impacted at high speed while driving on the Verizon IndyCar circuit. In 2007, at the age of 22, Kimball, driver of the No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing, was diagnosed with type one diabetes. “I was racing in Europe in 2007 and went into the doctor with a heat rash and came away with a diagnosis of diabetes,” Kimball recalled. “Without any family history of it, it was a pretty big surprise to me. “I had to learn a lot about what it meant to me as a person, me as an athlete and finally, me as a racing driver.” While every day is an ongoing balancing act for Kimball, the third-place finisher in Sunday’s Indianapolis 500, to ensure he is maintaining his blood sugar at the required level, this weekend, as he comes to town for the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, he faces his toughest fight of the season. “One of the additional pressures of having diabetes is I have to manage my blood sugar throughout the whole race weekend,” Kimball said. “It’s not just any day I’m in the car, but the days leading up to race weekend as well.” To read more, please click here.

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  • Tune in: Indy 500 banquet
    May 25

    Tune in: Indy 500 banquet

    Tune in for the 2015 Indianapolis 500 Victory Banquet, live from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, on Monday, May 25 at 8 p.m. Eastern on WTHR-13 and WTHR.com. [caption id="attachment_2280" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]  

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  • 'We put on a heck of show today'
    May 25

    'We put on a heck of show today'

    Via The Journal Gazette They were all in Juan Pablo Montoya’s kitchen, down there at the finish. Ten laps to run? Three desperate men chasing a moment that would ring forever, with the miles blurring away beneath their wheels? Shoot. Who do you think’s gonna win that one? It was bare-knuckle racing, a mano-a-mano throwdown, and so of course Montoya passed Scott Dixon and passed Will Power and then passed him again, and won the 99th Indianapolis 500. Won with a primal scream as he came through Turn 4 for the last time, because he knew the thing was his. Won because he’s the best eyeball-to-eyeball wheel man in the business, and for the second year in a row that’s what the biggest day in motorsports came down to. The second-closest finish in Indy history was followed Sunday by the fourth-closest, and so give Montoya his duel-at-dawn moment. But understand, too, that the moment was about much more than just him. It saved May, is what it did. The whole day saved May. After all the crashing and flying shrapnel and race cars turning ominously into box kites, Indy does what it always seems to do. It redeemed itself with another breathtaking day. It redeemed itself with another safe day. Oh, there were crashes. Takuma Sato went three wide 500 yards into the 500 miles and took out Sage Karam. Bryan Clausen crashed. Ed Carpenter and Oriol Servia crashed, and Tony Kanaan crashed, and Stefano Coletti, Sebastian Saavedra and Jack Hawksworth crashed. Four incidents in all, and shrapnel flying again in the warm May air. But no one got airborne. No one got upside-down or hurt or spewed the shrapnel where it shouldn’t have gone. If there was more than the usual apprehension coming into Sunday, it was sponged away by the 37 lead changes among 10 drivers, by Montoya and Dixon and Power playing high-stakes poker everywhere on the premises as the laps got skinny, by the cars (and their demon aero kits) behaving. “I think you’ve got to ask yourself what we’re here for, and we put on a heck of a show today,” said Charlie Kimball, who finished third. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_2265" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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A tough day at the office. We struggled this morning in practice, and unfortunately we were a bit short to move on during qualifying. On to the first race tomorrow! http://bit.ly/1Rpf97G [Photo via IndyCar Series]

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Good morning from the Motor City! Ready to get going. We're on track for the first time at 10:35 a.m. Eastern--check the full Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix schedule here: http://bit.ly/1LOGJHX

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#ThrowbackThursday shot from the 2014 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, with the Firestone Tires Firehawk, of course... looking to be two more steps up on the podium this weekend! More on my blog: http://bit.ly/1Rpf97G

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After our pre-race engineering meetings yesterday, the Chip Ganassi Racing Teams are in full-on Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix mode. But I think we can all still appreciate this awesome #Indy500 highlight video!

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Thanks to The Windsor Star for this piece! More good reads: http://charliekimball.com/news/

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It turns out... if you finish 3rd at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, your neighbors teepee your front yard. Totally OK with it! Thanks for all of the messages. Taking a bit of downtime today then we're back at it for the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix this weekend!

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