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  • Happy holidays from CK
    Dec 22

    Happy holidays from CK

    As 2014 winds down, I would like to thank you all for your support--at the track, from the couch, online, at events. I truly appreciate it! I'm so excited to start another year with Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing. We've built strong relationships over the past four years, and I know we're already working hard to take the No. 83 car back to victory circle in 2015 and beyond! Thanks again. I hope you enjoy the holiday season and hope to see you at the track soon! -Charlie

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  • Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Announces 2015 Rolex 24 At Daytona Lineup
    Dec 18

    Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Announces 2015 Rolex 24 At Daytona Lineup

    Via ChipGanassiRacing.com

    Seven-time IMSA Champions and five-time Rolex 24 At Daytona Winners Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) announced today the fielding of two Prototypes for the 2015 Rolex 24 At Daytona, featuring eight drivers that represent some of the best talent the motor racing world has to offer.

    Veteran Scott Pruett and new teammate Joey Hand will unite with Chip Ganassi Racing Teams’ (CGRT) Verizon IndyCar Series racewinner Charlie Kimball and CGRT development driver Sage Karam to form the lineup in the No. 01 Ford EcoBoost/Target Riley, while CGRT Verizon IndyCar Series Champions and Indianapolis 500 Winners Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan join CGRFS NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) reigning Rookie of the Year Kyle Larson and NSCS racewinner Jamie McMurray in the No. 02 Target/Ford EcoBoost Riley.

    The 2015 CGRFS Rolex 24 At Daytona driver roster is an impressive group of international racing champions representing two Indianapolis 500 titles (Dixon-2008, Kanaan-2013), a Daytona 500 (McMurray-2010), four Verizon IndyCar Series Championships (Dixon-2003, 2008, 2013 and Kanaan-2004), seven Prototype Championships (Pruett-2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), and four Rookie of the Year honors in their respective series (Kanaan-1999, Dixon-2001, McMurray-2003, Larson-2014). The group brings with them 144 total wins.

    NOTES OF INTEREST:

    · Rolex 24 Run: CGRFS has the greatest stretch in Rolex 24 At Daytona history highlighted by five wins and two second-place finishes from 2006-2013. The team also has seven championships (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) and 44 race wins to their credit since their introduction to sports car racing in 2004. Chip Ganassi and co-owner Felix Sabates are the only team owners in history to win three-straight Rolex 24 At Daytona events (2006-2008).

    · Scott Pruett: Pruett is tied for the all-time record with five Rolex 24 At Daytona wins (1994, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013) and joins Hurley Haywood as the lone five-time Rolex 24 At Daytona Winners. He is the first American to score 12 major sports car championships - his closest competitor is the late Peter Gregg who has seven to his credit, and his previous titles include two IMSA GTO Titles (1986, 1988), one IMSA GT Endurance (1986) and three Trans-Am Championships (1987, 1994, 2003). Pruett continues to extend his record as the all-time leader in IMSA wins with 59 victories.

    · Joey Hand: Hand, widely considered one of the best road racers in the world, returns in a full-time capacity after helping CGRFS win the 2011 Rolex 24 At Daytona with Pruett in his first of three appearances with the team (2011-2013 Rolex 24 At Daytonas). Hand led the most laps in the 2011 Rolex 24 At Daytona, leading 116 of the No. 01 car’s race-leading 231 laps. He led the race six times overall en route to the team’s fourth win in the sports car classic.

    · Scott Dixon: Dixon has been a permanent fixture at CGRT for 13 years and has been on the Rolex 24 At Daytona roster for CGRFS since the team’s inception in 2004. The three-time Verizon IndyCar Series Champion (2003, 2008, 2013) and 2008 Indianapolis 500 Winner was a part of the 2006 Rolex 24 At Daytona winning team for CGRFS and placed second in 2011. Dixon holds the distinction of being the winningest active Indy car driver with 35 victories, which ranks him in a tie for fifth on the all-time list with Bobby Unser.

    · Tony Kanaan: The 2013 Indianapolis 500 Winner, 2004 Verizon IndyCar Series Champion and 17-time race winner, Tony Kanaan, joined CGRT for his first season with the team in 2014. Kanaan is the all-time Indy car leader in consecutive starts with 233 consecutive starts dating back to the Portland race in 2001. He has 118 top-five finishes, tying him for ninth on the all-time list with Rick Mears and Helio Castroneves. In 2004, he became the first driver to complete every possible lap in a season en route to winning the championship.  The 2015 Rolex 24 At Daytona will mark Kanaan’s second race with CGRFS after competing with the team in 2014.

    · Kyle Larson:  The 2014 NSCS Rookie of the Year Kyle Larson will join CGRFS for the second time at the Rolex 24 At Daytona after competing last year alongside teammates Dixon, Kanaan, and Dario Franchitti. As a NSCS rookie, Larson had 36 starts, seven top- five finishes, 14 top-10 finishes, two pole awards, and led a total of 48 laps.

    · Jamie McMurray: McMurray has competed in the Rolex 24 At Daytona six times with CGRFS (2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014) and had his best finish in 2011 with a second-place result. The 2003 NSCS Rookie of the Year has been a full-time fixture in NASCAR’s top division for 12 years with 438 career starts resulting in seven wins, 52 top-five finishes, and 121 top-10 finishes. McMurray is only one of three drivers to have won the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 in a single season (2010).

    · Charlie Kimball: Verizon IndyCar Series racewinner Charlie Kimball will make his second appearance at the Rolex 24 At Daytona after being part of the winning team in 2013. Kimball made his debut in the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2011 with Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing and collected his first win in 2013 at Mid-Ohio. Throughout Kimball’s four-year career with CGRT, he has 68 starts, one win, four podiums, eight top-five and 28 top-10 finishes.

    · Sage Karam: The 2013 Indy Lights Champion Sage Karam joined CGRT in 2014 as a development driver and made his debut with the team at the 2014 Rolex Daytona 24 At Daytona. He joined CGRFS again at the 12 Hours of Sebring, the Six Hours of the Glen, and the Brickyard Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where he helped the team move from a sixth-place start to a second-place finish. Karam ran his first-ever Indianapolis 500 in 2014 and finished higher than any other CGRT driver in ninth after starting 31st 

    · Partnership Lineup: All of CGRT’s drivers and primary partners (Target, Ford, McDonald’s, CESSNA, Novo Nordisk and NTT DATA) will be represented across the No. 01 Ford EcoBoost/Target Riley and the No. 02 Target/Ford EcoBoost Riley to form an All-Star lineup both in the car and on the car.

    QUOTEBOARD:

    Chip Ganassi, Owner, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates:

    · “I love this race because it is one of the few times that we are able to bring all of our drivers and partners together in one race.  NASCAR, IndyCar and IMSA drivers and partners are all represented in this unique endurance event.  We have had the good fortune of having success in this event which is the result of a lot of hard work by the crew, talent behind the wheel and at some level, a little luck.  But I think the best thing about the Rolex 24 is that it is the first event of another season.  I can’t wait.”

    To read more, please click here.

    [caption id="attachment_1665" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA[/caption]

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  • Charlie Kimball and Novo Nordisk Return with Chip Ganassi Racing in 2015 and Beyond
    Dec 12

    Charlie Kimball and Novo Nordisk Return with Chip Ganassi Racing in 2015 and Beyond

    Via ChipGanassiRacing.com Kimball back for fifth Verizon IndyCar Series Season with Partner Novo Nordisk 

    INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 12, 2014) – Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) announced today that Novo Nordisk and Verizon IndyCar Series racewinner Charlie Kimball will return for their fifth season with Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing (NNCGR) to begin a new multi-year deal.

    NOTES OF INTEREST: 

    • Diabetes Community Hero: Charlie Kimball has made a strong impression on the diabetes world and was dubbed by Time Magazine as a “rock star in the diabetes community.” For his community service efforts, Kimball received the 2012 Jefferson Award for Public Service, which is considered the “Nobel Peace Prize of community service awards.” Kimball has also been featured in the New York Times, Men’s Fitness, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, and PARADE Magazine for his work in the world of diabetes. Novo Nordisk and Kimball made headlines in 2009 by sending out the first-ever pharmaceutical-branded tweet via the program’s @racewithinsulin account.
    • Off-Track with Novo Nordisk: Novo Nordisk and the Race With Insulin program have been a fixture in the Indy car paddock since 2011 and have activated a proactive marketing effort with the message that diabetes does not have to slow you down. The No. 83 car and team are the focal point of a year-round diabetes education and awareness program that includes hospital visits, meetings with families living with diabetes and media outreach in major markets across the nation. Each year Kimball shares his story and meets with approximately 10,000 people living with diabetes. 
    • Diabetes Pioneer: Kimball is the first licensed driver with diabetes and first licensed driver to qualify for and complete the Indianapolis 500 in the history of INDYCAR. Novo Nordisk has partnered with Kimball since he first joined INDYCAR as an Indy Lights Series driver in 2009. Diagnosed with diabetes in 2007, Kimball manages his diabetes with Novo Nordisk products both on and off the track.
    • Kimball 2014 at a Glance: The Verizon IndyCar Series racewinner added another podium finish, four top-five finishes, and 10 top-10 finishes to his career statistics in 2014. Over the past four seasons in the series, Kimball has recorded one win, eight top-five finishes, and 28 top-10 finishes.

    NNCGR QUOTEBOARD:

    Camille Lee, Senior Vice President of Diabetes Marketing, Novo Nordisk: “Our partnership with Charlie and Chip Ganassi Racing has given us the opportunity to convey that diabetes doesn’t have to slow you down and inspire those who are working to manage their condition. We couldn’t have picked two better partners to continue that journey.”

    Chip Ganassi, Owner, Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Inc.: “We are very pleased to have Novo Nordisk back with the team as they have been a tremendous partner of ours over the last four years. We also expect big things from Charlie as he continues to grow as a driver. I think 2015 will be a big year for the whole Novo Nordisk racing program.”

    Charlie Kimball, Driver, Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing: “I am really excited to continue to be a part of this great partnership with Novo Nordisk and Chip Ganassi Racing. The relationships we’ve built over the past four years, both on and off the track, are only getting stronger as I enter my fifth Verizon IndyCar Series season. From the guys at the shop prepping the car each and every week, to those within Novo Nordisk working on the Race With Insulin program, it’s truly a team effort. We’ll be working as hard as ever to take the No. 83 car back to victory lane in 2015 and beyond!”

    To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_1659" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA[/caption]

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  • Cheer on the Indy Fuel with CK
    Dec 8

    Cheer on the Indy Fuel with CK

    Want to cheer on the Indy Fuel with me? Here's your chance! The Fuel, an Indianapolis-based ECHL pro hockey team in its inaugural season, gave me two extra tickets to their game on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Going to Fuel games has become of my favorite things to do this off-season, so I want to share it with you! I'll also be on the ice on the 17th trying to "Shoot the Puck" and win some cash for charity. Bonus: it's Star Wars Night at the Coliseum. Yep, you just might get an Indy Fuel lightsaber thunderstix. So, how do you win the two tickets? It's easy... just follow me on Twitter @CharlieKimball. This Wednesday, I'll tweet out a message for followers to retweet. I'll pick one follower at random on Friday morning to win the two tickets! Also be sure to follow the Fuel on Twitter @IndyFuel and Facebook. Good luck!

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  • Manufacturer points receive tuneup for 2015
    Dec 2

    Manufacturer points receive tuneup for 2015

    Via IndyCar.com Engine Manufacturer Championship points have been revised for 2015 to further reward reliability and competitiveness of the Chevrolet and Honda 2.2-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 engines. The new structure is part of the sporting and technical regulations that comprise the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook released to teams. The top three finishing positions by each manufacturer will score points. Previously, points were scored by the overall top five. Additional points are available to the manufacturers for an engine that meets the 2,500-mile threshold (10 points), the manufacturer that earns the Verizon P1 Award for the Indianapolis 500 (nine points), the manufacturer that earns the Verizon P1 Award in the 16 other races (one point) and the manufacturer that leads the most race laps (two points). Like the entrant/driver championship points structure, double base points will be earned for the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on May 24 and the season-ending GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma on Aug. 30. Again in 2015, each full-season entry is allowed four fresh engines from the start of the season to the start of the following season with a total allotment of 10,000 miles. Twenty points will be deducted from a manufacturer’s total for an engine failing to complete its life cycle and an engine undergoing a non-minor repair that requires a component change. An entrant-initiated engine change-out will result in a loss of 10 driver and entrant points; the manufacturer is not charged. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_1638" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • Rulebook refinements 'to make product better'
    Dec 2

    Rulebook refinements 'to make product better'

    Via IndyCar.com Double points awarded May 24 for the 99th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race and the Aug. 30 season finale at Sonoma Raceway are among the sporting and technical regulations that comprise the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook issued to teams. The 17-race season begins March 8 in Brasilia, Brazil, and the North American opener March 29 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., will mark the competitive debut of distinctly different aerodynamic bodywork kits supplied by Chevrolet and Honda. Aero kit regulations, including homologation on Jan. 18, 2015, were previously issued to manufacturers by INDYCAR. “The best thing the sanctioning body can provide competitors, manufacturers and fans is a stable, consistent rulebook, so most of the changes for 2015 are clarifying and tidying up definitions,” INDYCAR president of competition and operations Derrick Walker said. “The rulebook is a work in progress and we always look to refine it to make the product better.” Will Power of Team Penske clinched the 2014 driver championship at Auto Club Speedway – one of three 500-mile races on superspeedways that awarded double points. The series title has been decided in the final race the past nine years. Highlights of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook: 10.6.2.1. Double Points Double race finish points are awarded for the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race and the last event of the season. One-hundred points are awarded to the winner of a double-points race, with the runner-up receiving 80 points and the third-place finisher receiving 70 points. The scale decreases to 10 points for the 25th-place finisher and lower. Bonus points again will be awarded for leading the most race laps (two points) and leading at least one lap (one point). Outside of the Indianapolis 500, an entrant receives one point for earning the Verizon P1 Award. The Indianapolis 500 will rewards all entrants with points in its May 16-17 multi-tiered qualifications, including an additional nine points to the Verizon P1 Award winner. “We look at the new calendar and analyze how many cars would be in contention for the championship after certain events, and the best trend with multiple cars racing for the championship was weighting it for the final race and the Indy 500, which is a special race deserving of double points,” Walker said. 6.2.1.Test Days The 2015 testing days will be made up of the following: Engine Manufacturer Tests, Team Tests, Promoter Tests, and Full Size Wind Tunnel Tests. Teams will be charged four days from their 14-day test allocation for Promoter Days (formerly known as Open Tests) at Barber Motorsports Park (March 16-17, for the introduction of Chevrolet and Honda street/road course aero kits), St. Petersburg (March 27), NOLA Motorsports Park (April 10), the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval (May 3), the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course (May 7), and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (July 31). The on-track Promoter Day at St. Petersburg, NOLA Motorsports Park, the Indianapolis road course and Mid-Ohio immediately precede the race event weekends. “We see these days, working with the promoters, as a way fans can see the stars and cars in ways that aren’t available during the race weekend,” Walker said. “It will be a less formal day for the teams and drivers with long on-track sessions. Also, when you look at the schedule, there aren’t too many days that teams can test with the arrival of aero kits. We picked a nominal amount of dates to start to create value and cost-savings for teams.” On-track testing is not permitted within seven before the start of on-track activity at a race location with the exception of the period March 9-25. Team testing blackout dates include Dec. 22-Jan. 4, 2015; Jan. 27-30; May 4-25. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_1635" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA.[/caption]

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  • Diabetes diagnosis was 'speed bump, not road block' for Indy car driver
    Nov 21

    Diabetes diagnosis was 'speed bump, not road block' for Indy car driver

    Via Del Mar Times When Charlie Kimball was first diagnosed with diabetes, he had little understanding of what it even was. “I had no knowledge,” he said from his home in Indianapolis. “I had no family history of it and was very lean and healthy, yet when I was diagnosed I had lost 25 pounds in five days.” Making the diagnosis even more troubling for the 29-year-old was the fact that Kimball is a professional athlete — an Indy car driver who competes in the Verizon IndyCar Series with Chip Ganassi Racing, to be precise. Kimball thought he was finished racing, but instead he turned into an advocate who rose above his diagnosis and is trying to spread his story. Kimball did just that as a guest speaker at the Taking Care of Your Diabetes Conference, which took place Nov. 8 at the San Diego Convention Center (part of the organization is based in Del Mar). “I’m biased, but the diabetes community is among the strongest in the world,” he said after the conference. “A lot of people say that my story inspires them — but hearing other people’s stories keeps me going as well.” Fully embracing his role as an advocate to raise awareness, Kimball has talked with more than 10,000 people about his path from initial confusion about the disease, to a deep understanding of diabetes and how to live with it. “The day I stop learning about diabetes is the day I hang up my helmet,” he said. “I think that I’m a better driver and athlete because of my diabetes and not despite it. I’m better prepared, mentally and physically. I simply understand and listen to my body a lot more, just like mechanics who spend hours to make sure the race car is right.” Understanding and learning how to listen to one’s body is the one skill that those recently diagnosed with their disease must learn, and Kimball said that after a while, it becomes a normal occurrence: “All of the things you have to do for diabetes — like testing your blood sugar — becomes part of your routine, just like checking the news or brushing your teeth.” To read more, please click here.

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  • Order up: Entrants place deposit for aero kits
    Nov 12

    Order up: Entrants place deposit for aero kits

    Via IndyCar.com Order up. Verizon IndyCar Series entrants have submitted a 25 percent deposit of the $75,000 package price with their aerodynamic bodywork kit order to respective suppliers Chevrolet and Honda. Manufacturer track testing of prototype components opened Oct. 6 and continues through Jan. 18, 2015, which is the same date as homologation. Production will ramp up to meet the March 1 deadline for one road and street course/short oval kit to be delivered to each entrant. The speedway aero kit, according to the INDYCAR timeline, will be delivered by April 1. The balance of the package cost is due before delivery. The initial team on-track test is scheduled for March 16-17 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., and the road/street course package will make its competition debut March 27-29 in the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on May 24 will mark the debut of the speedway aero kit. “The manufacturers will give them a good product and I don’t think it will take long for (teams) to get their heads around it and have good racing at St. Pete,” said Derrick Walker, INDYCAR’s president of competition and operations. “It will be an exciting start to the season.” Six ovals, five street circuits and six road courses constitute the 2015 schedule, which begins March 8 in Brasilia, Brazil, and concludes Aug. 30 at Sonoma Raceway in California. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_1612" align="aligncenter" width="610"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • Tech Tuesday: The pit lane hub
    Nov 11

    Tech Tuesday: The pit lane hub

    When you rely on technology as much as we do within the Verizon IndyCar Series, it helps to have one central hub close by on pit lane. Whether you call it the pit box, pit stand, pit stall, or perhaps "that shaded area where engineers gather to stare at screens," it's a vital part of how we execute a successful race weekend. Once we roll into a race market, the pit stand is unloaded from the transporter and then set up on pit lane in a series-assigned location. Unfortunately it's not as easy as just popping out the sides like a camper. You probably have noticed the tall poles shooting out from each pit stand--these hold the antennas for car telemetry and radios, a mini weather station, and typically a camera to record pit stops. The cabinets of pit stalls house our electronics, everything from crew radios to various telemetry tools. All of these electronics require power, of course, so there are also a good deal of cables to unwind and set up on pit lane. The Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing engineers and crew members do a great job of keeping everything tidy and sorted properly during setup so they can focus on the car once the track is green. I have two team engineers, one race strategist and one Team Chevy engineer stationed at my pit stand during each on-track session. The engineers can hook up their laptops to the pit stand to receive instant feedback on the car through the telemetry. This allows them to check car data like fuel mileage, steering, tires, and throttle. I have an extra laptop solely for the purpose of checking my blood glucose numbers from pit lane (like I can do from the cockpit). The pit stand also has a couple of stationary monitors installed for timing and scoring, weather forecasts, and live TV feeds. Everything has its place at the pit stand... just one part of our ever-evolving sport! Click here for a cool graphic and more info on pit boxes via IndyCar.com. [caption id="attachment_1605" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption] Click here for more Tech Tuesday posts.

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  • Tech Tuesday: Laying down rubber
    Nov 4

    Tech Tuesday: Laying down rubber

    When we're running speeds of 200-plus mph, it's important to know we have the most reliable tires on our feet, so to speak. Thankfully, the Verizon IndyCar Series has a long-standing relationship with Firestone Racing both on the track and off (learn more here). The tires on an IndyCar are far more than just bits of rubber... there is a ton of research, technology and innovation behind each one. Firestone Racing sends engineers and technicians to the track to collect data on the tires before, during and after each on-track stint. The race teams don't get to keep their race-worn tires, as these are sent back with Firestone for further post-race evaluation. They are constantly looking for ways to improve the tires, which ultimately improves our performances! And all of that data doesn't stay at the race track, either. Firestone uses the information learned via IndyCar on the development of their consumer tires, too. If you watch an IndyCar race, you'll hear the broadcasters talk about the three different types of Firestone Firehawk racing tires. - Primary ("black"): used on ovals, street circuits, and road courses; more durable but less grip - Alternate ("red"): used on street circuits and road courses; softer compound; allow for more speed but quicker to wear out - Rain: used on street and road courses; treaded to increase grip in wet track conditions Each tire compound is different, which gives us a slightly different car to work with on track--affecting everything from lap times to handling corners. Learn more from Firestone Racing here! [caption id="attachment_1586" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption] Click here for more Tech Tuesday posts.

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  • Postseason profile: 'Fight as hard as we can'
    Nov 3

    Postseason profile: 'Fight as hard as we can'

    Via IndyCar.com Charlie Kimball, Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing The cast: Race engineer – Brad Goldberg. Race strategist – Tom Wurtz. Chief mechanic – Mark Sampson. Twitter: @charliekimball, @racewithinsulin, @CGRTeams The car: No. 83 Chevrolet, Novo Nordisk primary sponsor The driver: Kimball, of Camarillo, Calif., turned 29 on Feb. 20. … Married in September to Kathleen Thompson, the couple resides in Indianapolis. … Diagnosed in 2007 with type 1 diabetes, Kimball returned to racing in 2008 – claiming a podium finish in his first race. … Received a Jefferson Award for public service in 2012 for spreading the word about diabetes awareness and management. … His father, Gordon, worked with several Indy car and Formula One teams. Season finish: Placed 14th in Verizon IndyCar Series standings – four points out of 13th. Five positions lower than 2013 season. The gist: Kimball has made 68 Verizon IndyCar Series starts over four seasons in the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing car. … He earned his first series victory in 2013 at Mid-Ohio. … He competed in Indy Lights in 2009 and 2010, earning four runner-up finishes in 13 starts in the latter. Season stats: Kimball led the Verizon IndyCar Series in positions advanced relative to his starting position (see chart below). He recorded a best finish of third at Belle Isle2, moving up 17 positions, and had 10 top-10 finishes overall. … He had a late April through early June stretch of five top-10 finishes in six races, and had a four-race stretch from mid-July through early August of consecutive top-10 finishes. Closed the season with 16th-, 21st- and 12th-place outings. … Season-best qualifying of sixth came in two of the final three races – both on ovals (career-best qualifying is fifth in 2013 at Barber, Mid-Ohio and Auto Club Speedway). … Was running at the finish in 15 of the 18 races. Year over year: 2013 best qualifying of fifth at Mid-Ohio and Auto Club Speedway (12.8 average), best finish of first at Mid-Ohio (10.9 average). 2014 best qualifying of sixth at Milwaukee and Auto Club Speedway (16.3 average), best finish of third at Belle Isle2 (12.6 average). Video: Charlie Kimball reviews his season He said it: “(About leading series in positions advanced) We had a great car and were able to overtake and maybe didn't make the most of it in qualifying. The last three races I think we took a step forward in that realm. I think that shows marked improvement over early in the year in qualifying, but also shows that we never give up. We just fight as hard as we can all the time." The chart (below): Looking at how Kimball finished relative to his qualifying position: [caption id="attachment_1581" align="aligncenter" width="427"] Via IndyCar.com[/caption]   To read more, please visit IndyCar.com. [caption id="attachment_1580" align="aligncenter" width="626"]Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA[/caption]

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  • Charlie Kimball is touring the country for Diabetes Awareness
    Oct 31

    Charlie Kimball is touring the country for Diabetes Awareness

    Via Sports Talk Florida  Tom Veit spoke to IndyCar driver Charlie Kimball about the upcoming season. Charlie is spending the day in Philadelphia talking about diabetes and overcoming it. He will be touring the country doing this to kick off Diabetes Awareness Month. So I understand you’re up in Philly right now? “I am. I’m here going to be spending a little time at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia this afternoon meeting kids and talking to them about having diabetes, overcoming the challenge and living my dream as a race car driver. Kicking off November and Diabetes Awareness Month and I’ll be all over the country talking about diabetes and racing.” Will we see you here in St. Pete in March? (for the St. Pete Grand Prix)? “Yeah I’m looking forward to it. It was great to have the 2015 Verizon IndyCar schedule announced yesterday. The domestic opener back here in North America starting with the Grand Prix in St. Pete. It’s one of the favorite stops for all of the IndyCar paddock on the schedule because it’s kind of like the first day of school. Everyone has seen each other a little over the winter but everyone kind of hibernates as much as possible and catches up with vacation because the racing schedule is so busy and then we come down to St. Pete and the weather is always great and the race track is fun. The whole Bay Area is so much fun so we really enjoy coming down there and going racing.” To listen to the full radio interview, please click here. [caption id="attachment_1599" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA[/caption]

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The Verizon Wireless IndyCar Series has the best fans, hands-down, but the fans at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are extra awesome for sure! Have a great weekend, everyone.

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Looking forward to heading back to Daytona with Chip Ganassi Racing Teams in January!

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I had a blast at the Indy Fuel game last night! Thanks for having me there to Shoot the Puck... though it turns out I definitely should stick to IndyCar Series racing!

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I tried to "Shoot the Puck" at the Indy Fuel game... and visited some of my Star Wars friends! Such a great time!

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Looking forward to heading out on the ice tomorrow night to "Shoot the Puck" for charity at the Indy Fuel game! Hope to see some IndyCar Series fans there, too!

5 days ago

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Excited to be back in the No. 83 Verizon Wireless IndyCar Series car with Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Teams! Already working hard to get back to victory lane.

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Don't forget--today is THE day to follow me on Twitter @charliekimball! Stay tuned for your chance to win two tickets to next week's Indy Fuel game with me! Info: http://charliekimball.com/news/?p=1647

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Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Unfortunately I'll be out of town this year, but be sure to say hi to my friends at the Racing Optics Laminated Tearoffs booth at the Performance Racing Industry Show. I think you'll see a familiar orange and blue IndyCar Series car, too!

12 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Are you a fan of hockey AND the IndyCar Series? Perfect. Be sure to follow me on Twitter @CharlieKimball for a chance to win two tickets to sit with me at the Indy Fuel game on Dec. 17!

14 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Have a great weekend! We're 92 days away from the green flag dropping in Brazil to kick off the 2015 Verizon Wireless IndyCar Series season... not that I'm counting or anything! Full schedule: http://www.charliekimball.com/schedule

16 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

A #TBT post from 2009... these are a few of my favorite things, road course edition! As I've added more tracks to my resume since then, it might be time for an updated list!

18 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

New season, new IndyCar Series rulebook.

19 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Putting in more work at PitFit Training this week before heading to Albany, New York on Wednesday for a couple of appearances! If you're in the area, hope to see you there: http://bit.ly/1FIZmL8

21 days ago

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