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  • Win with Wheels & Wings
    Feb 5

    Win with Wheels & Wings

    I'm excited to head to the third annual Wheels & Wings event on March 5, and I want to bring you along too! Wheels & Wings supports youth-based nonprofits Nine13sports and Flight1 in Central Indiana. They were kind enough to give me three pairs of VIP tickets to their event! Want to win? Follow me on Twitter @CharlieKimball for a chance to win before the event in March.

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  • Chip Ganassi Racing Teams set to test at Sonoma Raceway Feb. 10
    Feb 3

    Chip Ganassi Racing Teams set to test at Sonoma Raceway Feb. 10

    Via Sonoma Raceway The entire Chip Ganassi Racing Teams Verizon IndyCar® Series lineup, including the team's newest driver, Max Chilton, will visit Sonoma Raceway for a one-day test session on Wednesday, Feb. 10. All four team drivers, including defending series champion Scott Dixon (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing), Tony Kanaan (No. 10 NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing), Charlie Kimball (No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing) and recently-signed Chilton (No. 8 Chevrolet) will participate in the test on the 12-turn, 2.38-mile road course. This will mark Chilton's first-ever laps in an Indy car. Race fans are invited to enjoy the test session for free, with testing slated to run from approximately 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The Raceway Café will be open for lunch. In the event of inclement weather, a rain out date has been set for Feb. 11. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_2900" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA.[/caption]

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  • Ganassi, Sweikert, Posey inducted into Motorsports Hall of Fame of America
    Jan 29

    Ganassi, Sweikert, Posey inducted into Motorsports Hall of Fame of America

    Via IndyCar.com As a young aspiring racer, Chip Ganassi enjoyed any form of motorsports. Years later, as one of the most successful team owners who dabbles in multiple forms of the sport, it is fitting that Ganassi is a 2016 inductee into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. Bob SweikertGanassi was announced today as one of seven honorees in the Motorsports Hall’s 28th class. Among those joining the longtime Indy car team owner are 1955 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race winner Bob Sweikert, former Indy car driver and TV commentator Sam Posey and successful NASCAR team owner Richard Childress. Ganassi was named in the Open Wheel category, appropriate since he has achieved most of his success as an Indy car team owner. Following a short driving career that saw him named Indianapolis 500 rookie of the year in 1982, Chip Ganassi Racing began with a one-car effort in 1990. Since then, his drivers have won 100 races, including four Indianapolis 500s, and 11 season championships – most recently with Scott Dixon in 2015. He has since branched into NASCAR, sports car and rallycross ownership, with a Daytona 500 win, a record six Rolex 24 At Daytona victories and seven sports car season championships. Ganassi also pulled off the “Chip Slam” when his teams won, in order, the 2010 Daytona 500, Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 and 2011 Rolex 24 in a one-year span. When introduced today in a news conference, the Pittsburgh native admitted he’d “never been humbled like this before.” It wasn’t lost on the 57-year-old that the Motorsports Hall, which is building a new facility on the Daytona International Speedway grounds, includes a wide array of motorsports greats from the genres of motorcycles, airplanes, sports cars, off road, open wheel, stock cars and more. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_2897" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • PennGrade Motor Oil named first presenting sponsor of the Indianapolis 500
    Jan 21

    PennGrade Motor Oil named first presenting sponsor of the Indianapolis 500

    Via IndyCar.com The historic 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 29 added more history today with addition of the race’s first presenting sponsor, PennGrade Motor Oil. A brand of Lebanon, Ind.-based D-A Lubricant Company, PennGrade Motor Oil will serve as presenting sponsor through a multiyear deal running through 2018. “This historic announcement is welcome news for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and generates even more momentum for the entire Verizon IndyCar Series,” Hulman & Company CEO Mark Miles said. “PennGrade Motor Oil, with its deep understanding of the heritage and tradition that fuels the Indy 500, is the perfect presenting sponsor for the world’s greatest race.” “We’re thrilled that PennGrade Motor Oil is joining us, not only for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, but for more Indy 500s going forward,” Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Doug Boles said. “My grandmother worked for D-A Lubricant so I’m well-versed in the company’s history and I know our fans will appreciate the Hoosier connection as well.” D-A Lubricant sponsored entries in the “500” from 1955-58, with a high finish of sixth in 1956 with driver Bob Sweikert. D-A-sponsored cars also ran in the USAC Championship series during that time, winning once in 1957 and four times in 1958. Last year, the company was a major associate sponsor of Graham Rahal’s Honda-Dallara in the Verizon IndyCar Series and will continue on as a team sponsor in the future. The company recently acquired Brad Penn, a manufacturer of a product called PennGrade 1, well-known to grassroots racers and muscle-car enthusiasts for its effectiveness in high-performance engines. As part of the acquisition, D-A Lubricant is launching a new consumer brand called PennGrade Motor Oil, available online now and will eventually be launched as a full-scale consumer retail product. “I can’t think of a more powerful vehicle to help us launch our brand PennGrade Motor Oil than the Indianapolis 500,” D-A Lubricant Company president Gisela Miller said. “The eyes of the world will be on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this May as they are every year, and I couldn’t be more excited to have our company sharing that spotlight.” To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_2894" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Image via INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • Race tracks: Hanging out with Charlie Kimball
    Jan 16

    Race tracks: Hanging out with Charlie Kimball

    Via IndyCar.com Charlie Kimball likes to listen to the same music whether he's in his car on a road trip, training to maintain his fitness during the Verizon IndyCar Series or hanging out with his friends on his boat on the lake. The mix is an eclectic mix of rock and pop varying from classic rock anthems by Queen to modern day songs by Rhianna and Alex Clare. It also includes one of the most well known songs from his favorite band. "My favorite concert of all time was The Rolling Stones at Twickenham Stadium in England," the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing driver said. "I saw them while I was racing F3 in Europe. It was such an incredible show with so much energy and great music!" To read more and listen to the playlist, please click here. [caption id="attachment_2889" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA[/caption]

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  • IndyCar sets start times for its 2016 races
    Jan 5

    IndyCar sets start times for its 2016 races

    Via NBC Sports - Motor Sports Talk One of the things missing from the release of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule at first glance – and this was the key to note since the races were pretty much already known – was specific start times for races. Planned TV start times were listed. As we click into the new year, INDYCAR has put out the start times for 2016. Many of them follow the trend of 2015: later afternoon or early evening start times. In theory, it sounds stupid – hey, if you’re coming from out of town, and the race starts late, it means you’ll have to burn an extra day of vacation or you’ll get back super late Sunday night. But witness the fact NBCSN’s ratings went up significantly this year, 34 percent from 2014 (from 378,000 in 12 races to 507,000 in 11 races), and you’ll see the strategy worked. It was the most watched IndyCar season on NBCSN since IndyCar rights were acquired in 2009, when the network was then known as VERSUS. Was later start times the only reason? Of course not. Having NASCAR on the network drove additional viewership and worked in some cases as a perfect lead-in. Having all three major series – NASCAR, F1 and IndyCar – on NBC Sports Group properties allowed for a good level of cross promotion, as well. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_2885" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of LAT Photography USA[/caption]

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  • Tune in: 2015 IndyCar Year in Review
    Jan 5

    Tune in: 2015 IndyCar Year in Review

    Tune in to NBC Sports Network's 2015 IndyCar Year in Review on Tuesday, January 5 at 5 p.m. Eastern. Click here to learn more. To check your local listings, please click here.

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  • 2015 review with RaceDay Nation
    Dec 29

    2015 review with RaceDay Nation

    Charlie spoke with FOX Sport's Bruce Martin in December for the RaceDay Nation podcast. Charlie reviewed the 2015 IndyCar season, including his third place finish at the Indianapolis 500, and looked ahead to the 2016 season, his sixth with Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing. Please click here to listen to the podcast.

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  • Holiday greetings from CK
    Dec 23

    Holiday greetings from CK

    Click here to watch a special holiday greeting from Charlie.

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  • 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook updates
    Dec 21

    2016 Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook updates

    Via IndyCar.com Refinements to the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook, distributed to teams and suppliers Dec. 19, clarify procedures established by INDYCAR in the past two seasons and highlight ongoing efforts to improve the overall fan experience in the upcoming season. Areas of interest in the rulebook include the following: Aero Kits • INDYCAR has also established in the rulebook the aerodynamic bodywork parameters for each of the five ovals on the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. The aero specifications for each oval include:

    • Phoenix International Raceway, which will see a 2016 return of Indy car racing for the first time in 11 years, will run the same aero configuration as used at Iowa Speedway in 2015; • Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Pocono Raceway will run the same aero configuration as in 2015, with the addition of rear wheel guard infills that were implemented at Texas Motor Speedway in 2015, as well as a domed skid plate underneath the car and rear wing beam flaps. The skid plate and beam flaps were announced Nov. 24 as part of INDYCAR’s continuously evolving safety enhancements. • Texas Motor Speedway’s aero configuration, which included the rear wheel guard infills in 2015, will add the domed skid plate and rear wing beam flaps in 2016, plus see a slight increase in available downforce. • Iowa Speedway will see a slight reduction in available downforce due to a reduction in rear wing angle.

    Indianapolis 500 Qualifying

    • Under the updated regulations, the provisional field of 33 cars for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 will be set on the first day of qualifications at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval on May 21, 2016. This means that any traditional “bumping” of cars from the field of 33 will take place on the first day of qualifying. • Procedures for the second day of 2016 qualifying, scheduled for May 22, will see race starting positions among the 33 provisional qualifiers finalized.

    To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_2871" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA[/caption]

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  • New Verizon IndyCar Series logo ushers in legendary season
    Dec 18

    New Verizon IndyCar Series logo ushers in legendary season

    Via IndyCar.com INDYCAR has introduced a new Verizon IndyCar Series logo to highlight its ongoing partnership with title sponsor Verizon. The designed series logo signals renewed efforts to bring INDYCAR’s speed and excitement to its fans across the nation. For Verizon, the revised series identity marks the beginning of a new chapter in its effort to distinguish the Verizon brand in the minds of its consumers and signal the promise of the digital world – simple, reliable and in ways consumers want and need. “We’re excited to introduce the new Verizon IndyCar Series logo. Aesthetically, the new design is clean and highlights the Verizon checkmark – the universal sign of getting things done,” said CJ O’Donnell, Chief Marketing Officer of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “This is appropriate for two brands with lofty aspirations for what will be a legendary 2016 season.” To read more, please click here.

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  • Additional horsepower for push-to-pass system in 2016
    Dec 15

    Additional horsepower for push-to-pass system in 2016

    Via IndyCar.com Verizon IndyCar Series drivers will have more horsepower at their disposal when activating the push-to-pass overtake assist at road- and street-course races in the 2016 season. INDYCAR announced that turbocharger boost pressure during push-to-pass use will increase from 160 kilopascals (kPa) in 2015 to 165 kPa, equating to a gain of approximately 20 horsepower in the Chevrolet and Honda 2.2-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 engines. Normal boost pressure on road and street courses – before the overtake assist is engaged – remains at 150 kPa in 2016. A total of approximately 60 added horsepower will now be available for push-to-pass activations during the 11 road- and street-course races in 2016, nearly doubling the on-track effect for passing over 2015. “The Verizon IndyCar Series already boasts some of the most exciting racing anywhere,” said Jay Frye, INDYCAR President of Competition and Operations. “This technological update is part of INDYCAR’s ongoing initiative to enhance the overall level of competition and excitement even more. Increasing the available push-to-pass horsepower will make the system more robust and lead to additional overtaking opportunities on road and street circuits.” Push-to-pass parameters – the number of pushes available and duration of each – will remain the same as in 2015. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_2864" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA[/caption]

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Happy Friday! #IndyCarMediaDay had me thinking and talking a lot about my first time on track as a driver at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, back in 2009 for an Indy Lights test. When was your first time at IMS? Will the 100th Running be your first year? [Photo via IndyCar Series]

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Charlie Kimball

Heads-up, wine country and Bay area IndyCar Series fans: The entire Chip Ganassi Racing Teams will be testing at Sonoma Raceway next Wednesday... and it's open to the public! Stoked to be back in the No. 83 for the first time in 2016!

2 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Even if we're not on track yet, it's great to be back at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway today for #IndyCarMediaDay! Lots of fun to come for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season!

3 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Congrats to Chip--a well-deserved honor for sure! And good luck to him and my Chip Ganassi Racing Teams teammates this weekend at the #Rolex24!

7 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

It's our final #WayBackWednesday! Name the year and race... bonus points for my finishing position! I'll pick one winner at random for a personalized signed hero card & CK sticker.

10 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Looking forward to this event on February 6th! Bookmark this page for more upcoming appearances: http://bit.ly/CKappearances

10 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

It's Friday... enjoy this classic race.

15 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Happy #WayBackWednesday! Name the racing series and year, and I'll pick one winner at random for a personalized signed hero card & CK sticker.

17 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

The Verizon IndyCar Series asked for my favorite songs... DJ CK responded. Click below for my playlist (and my favorite concert)!

19 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Back home again... in Indiana! On the drive back from California, we made a stop in Beaver Creek, Colorado to enjoy this beautiful view. Can't beat a blue sky like that!

23 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

It's #WayBackWednesday again! What's the year and racing series featured here? I'll pick one winner at random for a personalized signed hero card & CK sticker!

24 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

I love Indy, but's been great being back on the West Coast the past few weeks! Always counting down to my next beach visit.

26 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

My good friend and trainer at PitFit Training, Jim Leo, is rowing 50,000 meters (yes, that's just over 31 miles!) next week to celebrate his 50th birthday. And he's dedicating it to the kids at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital! Support him & St. Jude here: bit.ly/1Z9yotq

30 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Do you know when & where this pic was taken? Post your answer below for #WayBackWednesday... I'll pick one winner at random for a personalized signed hero card & CK sticker!

30 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Hello 2016! We've turned the corner and the start of the Verizon IndyCar Series season is straight ahead! Which race are you looking forward to the most this year?

33 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Happy New Year's Eve, everyone! Have a safe and fun night.

36 days ago

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