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  • Carlin completes first day of INDYCAR testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway
    Jan 22

    Carlin completes first day of INDYCAR testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway

    Via Carlin Carlin participated in their first day of INDYCAR testing today at Homestead-Miami Speedway with drivers Max Chilton and Charlie Kimball behind the wheel. Today’s test started a four-day testing schedule for the team with two days at Homestead-Miami Speedway and two days at Sebring International Raceway. “It’s a very exciting day for us as a team. It’s our first ever run with an Indy car at a shakedown test. It’s gone extremely well – we’ve had no technical issues whatsoever,” said Racing Director, Trevor Carlin. “The car ran flawlessly which is a testament to Colin and his guys. We’re very happy and now tomorrow we can start pushing on with our test program.” Max Chilton, driver of the No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet, started the day off in the car and felt positive about the team’s first run with the new car, “That’s the completion of day one of testing for Carlin’s Verizon IndyCar Series 2018 program. It’s been a boring winter, but it’s really exciting to be back on track. I was on track for a few hours today and we had no issues with the car, which is amazing considering Carlin has never run an Indy car. It was a faultless day so now it’s just catching up on the many miles that other teams have more than us.” “We just finished up a shakedown day at Homestead on our first day with Carlin in INDYCAR. It was a new car and everything just went really well. Team Chevy brought a perfect engine to run and we were able to go out and do a bunch of laps to get a feel for the car,” said Kimball. “The hard work will really start tomorrow, but we have a good car and a good baseline to go off of.” [caption id="attachment_4555" align="aligncenter" width="569"] Photo courtesy of Carlin[/caption]

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  • Happy holidays from CK!
    Dec 22

    Happy holidays from CK!

    As we head into the holiday weekend, I want to use this as an opportunity to say thank you for the support all year long but especially the past few weeks. I'm looking forward to turning the calendar to 2018 and starting a new chapter with Carlin. But as I celebrate with family here in California, I am reminded that there are many people nearby who will start the year with unknowns ahead as they try to regain a sense of normal, everyday life. Please help support the Thomas Fire disaster relief effort by donating to the United Way of Ventura County or the Ventura County Community Foundation. You can also text 'UWVC' to 41444 to make a donation via your mobile phone. Thank you again, and happy holidays! -CK P.S. Keep an eye on Twitter and Facebook tomorrow (December 23) for a special announcement!  

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  • Kimball joins Carlin for 2018 IndyCar season
    Dec 12

    Kimball joins Carlin for 2018 IndyCar season

    Carlin joins Verizon IndyCar Series for 2018 Season Confirming Drivers Chilton and Kimball Partners Gallagher and Novo Nordisk will return to INDYCAR with Carlin

    Carlin is proud to announce their move into the Verizon IndyCar Series in a full-time capacity for the 2018 season. Joining the first season INDYCAR effort at Carlin will be drivers Max Chilton and Charlie Kimball along with primary partners, international insurance brokerage, risk management and consulting services firm, Gallagher and global healthcare company, Novo Nordisk. Both Chilton and Kimball drove for the championship winning team earlier in their racing careers. The Carlin entries will be powered by the Chevrolet twin turbocharged direct injected V6 engine.

    “We’re delighted to finally be able to announce our entry into the Verizon IndyCar Series, the result of a long-term ambition of the team,” Team Principal Trevor Carlin said about the announcement. “To be joined on that journey in our debut season by brands such as Gallagher and Novo Nordisk and with drivers we already have a race winning history with in Max and Charlie, is beyond what we could have expected. By no means do we underestimate the challenge and competition that lies ahead, but I have great faith in the young and passionate team that our Team Manager Colin [Hale] and I have put together.”

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    IN CK'S WORDS “I’m so excited to join Carlin for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. They were a big part of launching my career when I raced in Europe and we had a lot of success together back in 2005 in the British Formula Three Championship. It seems like everything fell into place at the right time to have this opportunity to work with Trevor and the whole Carlin team again. I’ve already got two years of experience working with Max as a teammate and I think our strengths and weaknesses will really complement each other as we begin this new adventure. The Verizon IndyCar Series is not just gaining a new race team, which is of course exciting, but really gaining a capable and competitive group of people that make up this team. Bringing Novo Nordisk into the fold, for our 10th consecutive year together, means a lot to me personally. They’re more than a sponsor—Novo Nordisk is a true partner, and I can’t thank them enough for their support.”

    ABOUT CARLIN Carlin has been a fixture in the motorsports industry for nearly 20 years and has been a major factor in developing some of today’s most accomplished drivers in the world. The team currently competes in the Verizon IndyCar Series, FIA Formula 2 Championship, Indy Lights Series, FIA Formula Three European Championship, EuroFormula Open, and the BRDC British F3 Championship. Overall Carlin has 24 championship titles and more than 380 victories, including wins in series as diverse as Formula 3, GP2 Series, Porsche Supercup and championship victories in Formula 4, FIA Formula 3, Indy Lights and Formula 3.5 World Series by Renault. Carlin’s UK race shop facility is located in Farnham, Surrey along with a dedicated U.S. race shop facility located in Delray Beach, Florida that serves as a base for the team’s INDYCAR and Indy Lights programs. For more information on Carlin, please visit www.carlin.co.uk.

    [caption id="attachment_4529" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of Bucher Photos[/caption]

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  • A note from Charlie and Kathleen
    Dec 8

    A note from Charlie and Kathleen

    Dear friends, Those of you who have been following the news this week have likely seen the coverage of the Thomas Fires in my hometown of Ventura County, California. My wife Kathleen and I had been monitoring the situation from Indianapolis. By mid-week, it became apparent that the fires were getting dangerously close to my family's home, farming land and ranch in Santa Paula. We made the decision to travel to California in order to help family and friends. Most importantly, our family is safe. Unfortunately there was a lot of damage to both structures and orchard trees at Kimball Ranches this week. Despite the challenges, we're still very lucky, and we will rebuild. But there are a lot of displaced families that need to rebuild their lives as well and need some additional support to do so. That's where the United Way and Red Cross of Ventura County come in. They are here on the ground, providing the resources needed to help families start that process. Many of you have already reached out wanting to help. Please visit vcunitedway.org or text UWVC to 41444 to make a cash donation to the Thomas Fire Fund. Ventura County is where we grew up and fell in love. We know this community will stand together, and from houses to farms we will come back stronger. Thank you for the concern and support. We truly appreciate it. Sincerely, Charlie and Kathleen [caption id="attachment_4523" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of Bucher Photos[/caption]

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  • How to support Thomas Fire relief efforts
    Dec 6

    How to support Thomas Fire relief efforts

    This week Southern California and the Ventura County area have been hit by wildfires, affecting Charlie's hometown and the homes of his family and friends. The United Way of Ventura County, American Red Cross of Ventura County and the Ventura County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services have teamed up to create the Thomas Fire Fund. All proceeds will go directly to support the hundreds of residents displaced by the fires. Below are a few ways to provide assistance to those in need: ? Text UWVC to 41444 to make a cash donation to the Thomas Fire Fund. ? Click here to make an online cash donation to the Thomas Fire Fund via the United Way of Ventura County. ? Telephone the United Way of Ventura County at 805-485-6288 to make a donation. ? Checks with "Thomas Fire Fund" in the memo line can be mailed to 702 County Square Drive, Suite 100 Ventura, CA 93003. ? To support animals in need, please visit the Humane Society of Ventura County and Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation websites.  If you live in the Southern California area, you can provide on-site assistance with clothing, supplies and cash donations. Volunteers are also needed. Please click here to learn more. If you are directly affected by the fires, please click here for the mandatory evacuation areas, shelter locations and additional updates. Thank you very much for your help!

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  • Meet CK at PRI with Racing Optics
    Nov 29

    Meet CK at PRI with Racing Optics

    Charlie will join Racing Optics at the Performance Racing Industry trade show on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. Eastern, at booth 4333 in the Yellow Hall. Racing Optics is the proprietor and only manufacturer of laminated tearoffs, and has been providing Charlie with their high quality products since 2011. Racing Optics has become a staple and even a necessity to every racer in every category of motor sports, including INDYCAR, NASCAR, Formula 1, dirt track racing and motocross. Racing Optics is the only manufacturer qualified to sell laminated tearoffs to the U.S. Military and proudly also sells to many well-known companies. To learn more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_4508" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA[/caption]

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  • Join CK on Giving Tuesday
    Nov 26

    Join CK on Giving Tuesday

    Charlie will participate in "Giving Tuesday" with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana on November 28 at 12:30 p.m. ET! Click here to chat with Charlie, and check out more upcoming appearances here.

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  • An IndyCar Black (and Green) Friday
    Nov 24

    An IndyCar Black (and Green) Friday

    Black Friday shopping today? How about Black and Green Friday shopping?! Check your email for a special merchandise promo code. Not on my fan list yet? Sign up here and I'll send the code to your inbox: http://bit.ly/ckfansignup.

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  • From 220 mph to 3 mph: Slowing down to enjoy the ride
    Nov 15

    From 220 mph to 3 mph: Slowing down to enjoy the ride

    Via Outdoor Project Slowing down… it’s not typically something I’m comfortable with. As I explained in my first post, I spend my work days at speeds of 220 mph. If I’m slowing down, it means I’m either coming in for a pit stop or there is something wrong with the racecar. But after our trip, I have to admit… slowing down is (sometimes) okay. As I was preparing for a hike at Glacier National Park, I had to laugh a little about how similar it is to my race weekends. I had studied the trail map, turn by turn, much like I do for each racetrack. I double-checked my gear, swapping racing gloves for winter gloves and my fireproof racing suit for a wind-resistant jacket. We made sure to fuel up before hitting the trail, but no pit crew was required. To read more, please click here.

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  • IndyCar Power Couple: the Kimballs in the Old Northside
    Oct 30

    IndyCar Power Couple: the Kimballs in the Old Northside

    Via City Gallery Charlie and Kathleen Kimball are Old Northside residents, Indy transplants from Southern California, and big names in the world of auto racing. Charlie is an IndyCar driver and Kathleen has her own business, Kimball Marketing Group, launched over a year ago. They met each other in high school (but didn’t start dating until after college) and recently celebrated their three-year wedding anniversary. Charlie and Kathleen have two beloved dogs, Taj and Lilah, and love spending time outdoors, biking and hiking. After the racing season finished in September 2017, they embarked on a 3,000-mile trip across the country in their RV, visiting eight different national parks on the way from California back to Indianapolis. We caught up with them to find out their thoughts on living in Indy after the past seven years. What brought you both from California to Indy? Charlie: I moved to Indy in 2009 from our hometown of Camarillo, California. I spent about five years racing in Europe after high school, and I had just moved back home from England. It was great being back in Southern California, but it’s not just a tagline—Indianapolis really is the ‘Racing Capital of the World.’ I was racing in the Indy Lights Series by then, and if I wanted to move up to the IndyCar Series, I knew I’d need to be in Indy. Many of the race teams are based here so it’s important for networking, putting in the time with engineers, physical training, and building relationships. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_4490" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA[/caption]

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  • Lessons Learned From A Road Trip Rookie
    Oct 25

    Lessons Learned From A Road Trip Rookie

    Via OutdoorProject.com Growing up in Southern California meant I was almost inherently drawn to the outdoors. From mountain biking to surfing, I was lucky enough to have adventures waiting for me right outside my front door. The rush of catching a wave or finally reaching the top of a challenging bike trail is something I’ve always enjoyed. I started go-karting when I was nine, which gave me another outlet to achieve that sense of excitement through speed and the pursuit of victory. I worked my way up through the ranks of racing and now compete in the Verizon IndyCar Series, the premier level of open-wheel racing in North America. You’ve probably heard of the Indianapolis 500, a race held at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway, right? We hit speeds of 230 mph around that track and register five G’s at short tracks like in Phoenix or Iowa. So while I do get that adrenaline rush “at the office,” I still love spending time outside like I did as a kid. To read more, please click here.

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  • A bittersweet anniversary
    Oct 16

    A bittersweet anniversary

    October 16. It's always a bittersweet day, to celebrate something that totally upended my life. But I've also been very lucky to have this opportunity to meet so many incredible people and give back to the community. On my 10th diaversary today, I'd like to thank my family, friends, healthcare team, and supporters. Thank you for being a part of my journey!

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