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  • Live from Trackside - Sonoma
    Aug 29

    Live from Trackside - Sonoma

    Saturday, August 29 4:25 p.m. We have a pretty good starting spot in P7 for the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team. For the last race of the year it's nice to transfer into the top 12. It was so close, so tight with the lap times during qualifying, but I think the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet should be really good on older tires throughout the course of the race. We just have to go out there tomorrow and help our teammate win a championship, while trying to put the 83 car in victory lane. [caption id="attachment_2689" align="aligncenter" width="569"] Ready for qualifying.[/caption] Friday, August 28 6:25 p.m. We made a lot of progress today with the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet. It took me a little while to find my feet but once we got going, I felt more comfortable here at Sonoma. We made some really good changes during the long session so I have a lot of confidence heading into tomorrow. We still have some things we want to look at--that's 3.5 hours of data to sort through! I'm looking forward to practice tomorrow morning. It should be a little cooler, which should be more comfortable for those of us in the cars and for the fans too. [caption id="attachment_2685" align="aligncenter" width="577"]Making changes on pit lane. Making changes on pit lane.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2686" align="aligncenter" width="626"]Photo via INDYCAR Photo via INDYCAR[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2687" align="aligncenter" width="626"]Photo via INDYCAR Photo via INDYCAR[/caption] 1:20 p.m. Good afternoon from Sonoma Raceway. I was able to get some extra rest this morning before coming into the track around 11. I had a productive track walk with my teammates yesterday afternoon and reviewed some in-car footage last night, so now I'm just ready to strap into the No. 83 and get some laps in. We'll go green at 2:30 p.m. PT for a 3.5 hour session. You can catch it live via INDYCAR Race Control, with updates on Twitter @RaceWithInsulin. [caption id="attachment_2683" align="aligncenter" width="569"]SonomaHelmet Honored to carry #BadAssWilson with me on my helmet and car this weekend.[/caption] Thursday, August 27 1:45 p.m. After a couple of much-needed days with family here on the West Coast, it's nice to be back at the track. Obviously the main thing on our minds right now is the Wilson family and giving all of our energy to help keep them strong. There's been so much said these past few days about Justin as a father, husband, friend, brother, racer... Really, the best thing we can do to honor him now is to get out there and race. I still don't think it will feel real until we take the green flag without him in Sonoma this weekend. For the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team, the focus for the finale is to finish this tough Verizon IndyCar Series season on a high note. With it being double-points, we have the chance to move up a bit in the championship standings with a good result, and I think that can go a long way as far as our confidence heading into the off-season. We'll be working hard as soon as the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen car rolls out on Friday. After some time in the engineering office, we'll have the track walk later this afternoon. Click here for the race weekend tune-in info. If you're here at the track or watching from home, be sure to check out the #BadAssWilson t-shirts and decals, too. Thanks for the support this week. Live_Post

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  • Tune in: GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma
    Aug 27

    Tune in: GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma

    WATCH All times Pacific Friday, August 28 2:30-6 p.m. Practice > Live stream Saturday, August 29 10:45-11:30 a.m. Practice > Live broadcast on NBC Sports Network > Live timing and scoring 3:05-4:20 p.m. Qualifying > Live broadcast on NBC Sports Network at 3 p.m. > Live timing and scoring Sunday, August 30 10-10:30 a.m. Warm Up > Live stream 1 p.m. Race broadcast begins 2 p.m. Green flag > Live broadcast on NBC Sports Network > Live timing and scoring Radio: IMS Radio Network, Sirius 213, XM 209 FOLLOW > Twitter: @RaceSonoma @IndyCar #GoProG#IndyCar #IndyRivals > Live timing & scoring: INDYCAR Race Control > Mobile: INDYCAR 15 app by Verizon for Apple and Android

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  • Wilson tribute T-shirt available online and at track along with online portal for Wilson Children Fund contributions
    Aug 27

    Wilson tribute T-shirt available online and at track along with online portal for Wilson Children Fund contributions

    Via IndyCar.com A decal created to honor the memory of Verizon IndyCar Series driver Justin Wilson will be on the race cars this weekend in the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. The logo also is on T-shirts that will be on sale at Sonoma Raceway and available online HERE, with 100 percent of the net revenues donated to the Wilson Children’s Fund. Wilson succumbed to a head injury Aug. 24 sustained in a race a day earlier. He is survived by his wife and two young daughters. An account has been established on behalf of the Wilson family. Those wishing to contribute electronically can do so HERE or via mail to: Wilson Children’s Fund c/o Forum Credit Union PO Box 50738 Indianapolis, IN 46250-0738 Phone: (317) 558-6000 UK-based supporters can send cards and other condolences to the family to: Keith Wilson c/o Lisa Davis PalmerSport The Old Post Office Worthing Road Southwater West Sussex RH13 9EZ

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  • What's happening in 95476: Title fight at Sonoma
    Aug 26

    What's happening in 95476: Title fight at Sonoma

    Via IndyCar.com GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma • Race 16 of Verizon IndyCar Series season (Aug. 28-30). ... Team Penske’s Juan Pablo Montoya leads the championship standings by 34 points over Graham Rahal of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. There are six drivers eligible for the title. • Twitter: @RaceSonoma, #GoProGP; @IndyCar, #IndyCar On-track times (all times local/Pacific): Friday, Aug. 28 2:30-6 p.m. -- Practice 1 Saturday, Aug. 29 10:45-11:30 a.m. -- Practice 2 3:05 p.m. -- Three rounds of qualifications Sunday, Aug. 30 10-10:30 a.m. -- Practice 3 2:07 p.m. -- Green flag • Aerodynamic packages: Both Chevrolet and Honda road/street course platforms will be used in accordance with the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook • Race laps (clockwise): 85 on the 2.385-mile, 12-turn (five left, seven right) permanent road course that has 160 of elevation change • Track width: Minimum 40 feet • Pit box length: 40 feet • Fuel: 95 U.S. gallons of Sunoco E85 for practice/qualifications; 85.5 total gallons for race • Tires: Seven sets of primary Firestone Firehawks and three sets of alternates for the weekend • Push-to-pass parameters: Ten pushes for 15 seconds each • TV: NBCSN will telecast live Practice 2 (10:30-11:30 a.m. PT) and qualifications (3:30 p.m. PT) Aug. 29. The race will be telecast at 4 p.m. PT Aug. 30 preceded by back-to-back episodes of "INDYCAR Chronicle" featuring Ryan Hunter-Reay and Scott Dixon. Leigh Diffey is the lead announcer with analysts Paul Tracy and Townsend Bell. Pit reporters are Jon Beekhuis, Kevin Lee, Katie Hargitt and Robin Miller. • Web: Live streaming video of Practice 1 and 3 in conjunction with real-time Timing & Scoring and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network broadcasts is available on Racecontrol.indycar.com. … For qualifications and the race, Timing & Scoring and the radio network broadcast. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_2667" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • Driver succumbs to injury sustained in Aug. 23 race
    Aug 24

    Driver succumbs to injury sustained in Aug. 23 race

    Via IndyCar.com INDYCAR announced that driver Justin Wilson, who enjoyed success in multiple motorsports series during a two-decade professional career, died today from a head injury sustained in the Verizon IndyCar Series race Aug. 23 at Pocono Raceway. He was 37. "This is a monumentally sad day for INDYCAR and the motorsports community as a whole," said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., the parent of INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "Justin's elite ability to drive a race car was matched by his unwavering kindness, character and humility -- which is what made him one of the most respected members of the paddock. As we know, the racing industry is one big family, and our efforts moving forward will be focused on rallying around Justin's family to ensure they get the support they need during this unbelievably difficult time." Wilson was struck by debris from a single-car crash on Lap 180 of the 200-lap race on the 2.5-mile triangular oval. Wilson, driving the No. 25 Andretti Autosport Honda, was attended to by the Holmatro Safety Team and airlifted to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Allentown, Pa. Wilson is survived by his wife, Julia, and two daughters. His younger brother Stefan is an accomplished race car driver who has competed in the Verizon IndyCar Series and Indy Lights. Funeral arrangements are pending.

    In lieu of flowers, a fund has been set up for Wilson children. Donations may be sent to: Wilson Children's Fund, c/o INDYCAR, 4551 W. 16th St., Indianapolis, IN 46222.
    The family released the following statement: Justin was a loving father and devoted husband, as well as a highly competitive racing driver who was respected by his peers. The family would like to thank the staff at the Lehigh Valley Health Network Cedar Crest Hospital, Pocono Raceway, Andretti Autosport, and the Verizon IndyCar Series as well as the entire racing community for the amazing outpouring of support from fans around the world. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_2657" align="aligncenter" width="610"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • Kimball's race weekend: Highs, lows and relief
    Aug 24

    Kimball's race weekend: Highs, lows and relief

    Via IndyCar.com First, Charlie Kimball topped the lap speed chart in the practice preceding qualifications Aug. 22 for the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway. High point. Then Kimball’s No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet made heavy contact with the SAFER Barrier and catch fencing on his first qualifying lap. Low point. The Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing crew diligently prepped the back-up car and installed a fresh engine, and though Kimball started on the back row for the 200-lap race on the 2.5-mile triangular oval at least he was able to make his 83rd Indy car start. Push. On Lap 85, Kimball ran out of room to avoid the No. 41 AJ Foyt Racing entry, which had spun in Turn 3. Kimball was able to drive away from the scene, and the crew replaced the front wing assembly. Another push. On alternate strategy, he led Lap 135. High point. He retired after completing 193 laps because of a mechanical issue, but was credited with 12th place. Relief. “I just have to start off by giving a lot of credit to the mechanics, the engineers and just the whole team at Chip Ganassi Racing for getting me back on-track after my crash,” Kimball said. “The back-up car was really good, especially considering that I hadn’t really done a full lap with the back-up car and the back-up engine. The car was just really good and allowed me to go racing right when I felt comfortable. “It took me a little while to find my feet out there, but when I did the NovoLog FlexPen car was there. It was unfortunate that we had the incident mid-race that hindered us a little, but we’ll be able to look at that now and learn from it. After that incident, the car was just never quite right again so we were just safe and tried to take some spots when they came to us.” To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_2661" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • Live from Trackside - Pocono
    Aug 23

    Live from Trackside - Pocono

    Sunday, August 23 6:35 p.m. Wow, what a long day... and really, a long weekend! I have to give a lot of credit to the mechanics, the engineers, the whole Chip Ganassi Racing team. From lap one, the car was really good. With it being a backup car and not having done a full lap in anger, it was incredible to go out in the backup engine and just go racing. It took me a little while to find my feet but when I did, the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet was there. It was unfortunate to have the incident during the race, but we'll go back and learn from it. After that, the car just wasn't quite right. We had to be smart with it, try to take spots when they came to us, but really we weren't able to get into the thick of the race at the end. Thinking good thoughts for my fellow competitor and an all-around good guy, Justin. Thanks to everyone for the support this weekend. [caption id="attachment_2641" align="aligncenter" width="569"] Pre-race.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_2642" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Checking for damage. Checking for damage.[/caption] 8:45 a.m. Good morning... it's race day! The Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team worked hard last night to (as my mom would say) "put Humpty back together," and we'll be ready to go for 500 miles this afternoon. Major props to the entire Chip Ganassi Racing team for helping out. I'm headed to the autograph session at 9:15, then I'll have a meet-and-greet with some guests from Novo Nordisk before the install check at 11. For your Sunday morning reading: The Morning Call - Ganassi IndyCar driver Charlie Kimball knows how to overcome adversity IndyCar.com - Kimball connected to car in monitoring diabetes Tune in to the race live from Pocono Raceway at 2 p.m. Eastern on NBC Sports Network, and follow my Pit Lane Reporter on Twitter @RaceWithInsulin for more at-track updates! Thanks for the support. [caption id="attachment_2637" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Race morning... ready to go! Race morning... ready to go![/caption] Saturday, August 22 7:10 p.m. I'm all right after the incident during qualifying, just a little disappointed. Well, really disappointed. When I went into Turn 1, the car caught me out a little bit with the handling so I made some adjustments. I don't know if it was the wind but something caught me going into Turn 3. Maybe I was a little aggressive, but it's qualifying... you have to go for it. I'm just really disappointed for the whole Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team. I know a lot of guests from Novo Nordisk are coming up for the race tomorrow, and the car was really fast this morning. That's the good thing about having a crew like Chip Ganassi Racing behind you--I know that the car they pull out of the trailer will be just as good. Unfortunately we weren't able to get back out for practice 2 this evening, but we'll do the install lap tomorrow morning to get back up to speed. A big thanks to the No. 83 team for working so hard on the backup car. And thanks for all of the notes on Twitter, Facebook, etc. I really appreciate the well-wishes and support! [caption id="attachment_2633" align="aligncenter" width="626"]Photo via INDYCAR Photo via INDYCAR[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2634" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Ready for morning practice. Ready for morning practice.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2635" align="aligncenter" width="569"]No. 83 team making a few changes. No. 83 team making a few changes.[/caption] Friday, August 21 10:30 a.m. Good morning from Pocono! It was nice to have a bit of time off, but I have to say it's nice to be back at it. I came in with the team this morning and am now getting settled in at the track. On the agenda today: a bit of media, lots of time in the engineering office, and an event this evening. It’s hard to believe the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season is winding down already, but the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team isn’t letting up. We’re 100 percent focused on a good result this weekend. We’ve done well here in the past and I know we can do it again. It’s not called the “Tricky Triangle” for nothing--it always throws something at you when you least expect it. Turn one is always a challenge, even just physically, and it’s tough to predict how these cars will handle at each different segment. But I have confidence the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet will be quick and we’ll be up front on Sunday. Click here for a full race weekend schedule and tune-in info, and be sure to follow @RaceWithInsulin for on-track updates from my Pit Lane Reporter! [caption id="attachment_2611" align="aligncenter" width="626"]Photo via INDYCAR Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • Ganassi IndyCar driver Charlie Kimball knows how to overcome adversity
    Aug 22

    Ganassi IndyCar driver Charlie Kimball knows how to overcome adversity

    Via The Morning Call The top story from Saturday's qualifying for IndyCar's ABC Supply Company 500 might not have been Helio Castroneves earning the pole-position for Sunday's race. Much more memorable was the horrific crash suffered by Chip Ganassi Racing team member Charlie Kimball, a teammate and mentor to Nazareth's Sage Karam, whose wreck in Turn 3 caused a 48-minute delay. Kimball smashed into the wall and his car briefly went airborne. The accident caused an extensive repair to Pocono's catch-fence as well as a lengthy track cleanup effort. He immediately put people at ease with a thumb's up, and suffered only a cut on his chin that required stitches and a bruised finger and hand. "When you are this ugly to begin with it is hard to do much damage," Kimball told reporters later. The 30-year-old Kimball, who finished second in 2013 when the Verizon IndyCar Series made its return to Pocono, is used to overcoming adversity. He battles Type-I diabetes every day of his life. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_2649" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • Kimball connected to car in monitoring diabetes
    Aug 22

    Kimball connected to car in monitoring diabetes

    Via IndyCar.com Like other Verizon IndyCar Series drivers, Charlie Kimball is figuratively and literally connected to his race car. Also like other drivers, Kimball has a drink system mounted in the car. His has a twist. Because of his type 1 diabetes, Kimball has two reservoirs at his disposal -- one filled with water and the other with orange juice, which contains carbohydrates if Kimball determines his blood sugar level needs a quick boost. Both options are attached to a valve, which is clipped to his seat harness. His father, Gordon, a renowned motorsports engineer, designed the valve, and it was 3D printed from Nylon 12 PA in Charlotte, N.C. “We were looking for a small production run and wanted it to be lightweight, but we couldn’t find anything commercially available that would work,” Kimball said. “My father was interested in doing the design and learning more about the 3D printing options. “Traditionally, he always has to consider how to machine a part – wheel nuts, tripods, drive shafts – you have to consider how it actually gets made, where with a 3D printer you just draw exactly what you want and it prints it. So he was able to say, ‘I want it to look like this, the valve swing to be this much,’ all that stuff.” To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_2645" align="aligncenter" width="610"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • Kimball leads Pocono practice
    Aug 22

    Kimball leads Pocono practice

    Via RACER.com Chip Ganassi Racing-Chevrolet driver Charlie Kimball clocked the only 221mph lap of morning practice at Pocono Raceway to earn himself P1, almost 0.6mph ahead of one of the track’s more local heroes – teammate Sage Karam. Kimball lapped the famous tri-oval in 40.6554 seconds, equating to a 221.373mph average, to go 0.6mph clear of Karam. The younger American took full benefit of the rookie/part-timer hour of track action that preceded practice to clock 83 laps overall and complete a Ganassi 1-2. Simon Pagenaud headed the Penske quartet with third fastest just a tick ahead of his championship-leading teammate Juan Montoya, while Takuma Sato (AJ Foyt Racing) and Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport) were top Hondas in fifth and sixth. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_2629" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • Vote now for IndyCar fan favorite award
    Aug 22

    Vote now for IndyCar fan favorite award

    Via IndyCar.com Which rival will be the one to take home the Verizon IndyCar Series fan favorite award? It’s up to you. Vote by clicking below or by posting #INDYRIVALS and tagging your favorite driver on Twitter. Every tweet counts as a vote, so keep sharing and push your driver into the lead. Voting closes at the green flag of the season-ending GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma on Aug. 30. Click here to get started.

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  • Tune in: ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway
    Aug 19

    Tune in: ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway

    WATCH All times Eastern Saturday, August 22 8:30-9:30 a.m. Rookies-Only Practice > Live stream 9:30-11 a.m. Practice > Live stream 2-3:10 p.m. Qualifying > Live broadcast on NBC Sports Network > Live timing and scoring 5:30-6 p.m. Practice > Live stream Sunday, August 23 2 p.m. Race > Live broadcast on NBC Sports Network > Live timing and scoring Radio: IMS Radio Network, Sirius 213, XM 209 FOLLOW > Twitter: @PoconoRaceway @IndyCar #ABCSupply500 #IndyCar #IndyRivals > Live timing & scoring: INDYCAR Race Control > Mobile: INDYCAR 15 app by Verizon for Apple and Android

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Now that's the way to finish off the season... Third place at Race Sonoma! Congrats to Scott Dixon and the No. 9 team for the well-deserved 2015 IndyCar Series Championship! Many, many thanks to the Chip Ganassi Racing Teams for the hard work all year, especially the No. 83 team. [Photo via INDYCAR]

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Getting ready for the IndyCar Series season finale here at Race Sonoma--tune in to NBC Sports Network's coverage at 1 p.m. PT! Taking the green today for our friend and competitor, #BadAssWilson.

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Ready to roll out at Race Sonoma! Tune into NBC Sports Network today for live coverage of practice and qualifying.

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Charlie Kimball

We made a lot of progress during today's session at Race Sonoma, but we still have work to do tonight (3.5 hours worth of data!). Thanks to the No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Teams for working so hard in the heat. http://bit.ly/1LHPjMo [Photo via INDYCAR]

2 days ago

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Charlie Kimball

Later start today, but we have a full 3.5 hours on track this afternoon at Race Sonoma! Click here for race weekend tune-in info: http://bit.ly/1JzT6F5 Also, an online donation site is now available for the Wilson Children's Fund. Please share: http://justinwilson.co.uk/donate.

2 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Honored to carry a bit of #BadAssWilson with me on my helmet and the No. 83 car this weekend at Race Sonoma, along with my fellow IndyCar Series drivers. You'll soon be able to purchase this logo on t-shirts and stickers, with 100 percent of the profits donated to the Wilson Children's Fund. UPDATE--the stickers & t-shirts are now available to order at: http://shop.ims.com/indycar/drivers/justin-wilson/.

4 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Going to bed with a heavy heart. We didn't just lose a racing competitor tonight, we lost a great person and friend. Sending all of our thoughts and love to the Wilson family. Please see the note below for info on the fund for Justin's daughters.

5 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

A long race... but the No. 83 team gave me a great car and we did what we could with it today. Sending good thoughts to Justin and his family.

7 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Good morning... it's RACE DAY at Pocono Raceway! After some great work by the Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, the No. 83 car is ready for 500 miles. Tune in to NBC Sports Network at 2 p.m. ET for live race coverage! http://bit.ly/1JdvXc4 [Photo via IndyCar Series]

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