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  • What's happening in 95476: Title implications abound
    Aug 21

    What's happening in 95476: Title implications abound

    Via IndyCar.com August 21, 2014 GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma TV: NBCSN telecasts the race live (4 p.m. ET Aug. 24) and qualifications (7:30 p.m. ET Aug. 23). Brian Till is the lead announcer, with Sam Hornish Jr. and Paul Tracy as analysts. Radio/web: All Verizon IndyCar Series on-track sessions are broadcast on www.IndyCar.com and the INDYCAR 14 app in conjunction with real-time Timing & Scoring. In addition, the race will be broadcast on IMS Radio Network affiliates, XM 209 and Sirius 213. Paul Page is the lead announcer. … In addition, real-time Timing & Scoring of Indy Lights, Pro Mazda and USF2000 sessions and races is on IndyCar.com. Live practice streaming: Live streaming of the Aug. 23 Verizon IndyCar Series practice sessions will be on www.IndyCar.com, incorporating Timing & Scoring and the IMS Radio Network broadcast. Twitter: @RaceSonoma, @IndyCar, #GoProGrandPrix Weekend schedule (all times Eastern): Friday, Aug. 22 – 11:15-11:45 a.m. USF2000 practice Noon-12:30 p.m. Pro Mazda practice 11 a.m.-noon Verizon IndyCar Series practice 12:45-1:30 p.m. Indy Lights practice 2:45 p.m. USF2000 qualifying for Race 1 3:30-4 p.m. Pro Mazda qualifying for Race 1 4:15 p.m. Indy Lights qualifying for Race 1 6:20 p.m. USF2000 Race 1 (40 laps) 7:20 Pro Mazda Race 1 (40 laps) Saturday, Aug. 23 – 1-1:45 p.m. Verizon IndyCar Series practice 2:05 p.m. USF2000 Race 2 (40 laps) 3:15 p.m. Indy Lights Race 1 (40 laps) 4:15-5 p.m. Verizon IndyCar Series practice 6:40 p.m. Pro Mazda Race 2 (40 laps) 7:30 p.m. Verizon IndyCar Series qualifications Sunday, Aug. 24 – 1-1:30 p.m. Verizon IndyCar Series warm-up 2 p.m. Indy Lights Race 2 (60 laps) 4 p.m. NBCSN on air 4:40 p.m. green flag (85 laps) Weather forecast: Clear skies with temperatures in the low 80s (F) each day. Qualifications: Three 10-minute knockout sessions to set the starting grid. The final round, the Firestone Fast Six, will determine the Verizon P1 Award winner and first three rows. Dario Franchitti won the pole in 2013 with a lap of 1 minute, 17.5271 seconds (110.748 mph). Race laps: 85 on 2.385-mile, 12-turn road course (202.73 miles) Pit boxes: 40 feet Tires: Firestone will supply the same tire compound and construction as used in the 2013 race. Fuel: 67 U.S. gallons of E85 for practice and qualifications; 67 gallons for race. Three pits stops were the norm in the 2013 race, with the first for most entrants between Laps 18-24. Engines: 2.2-liter, twin-turbocharged V6s supplied by Chevrolet and Honda ... 150 kPa turbo boost for ovals. Drivers have 10 pushes for 15 seconds each of extra turbo boost available during the race. To read more, please click here.

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  • Live from Trackside - Milwaukee IndyFest
    Aug 17

    Live from Trackside - Milwaukee IndyFest

    Sunday, August 17 5:15 p.m. Well, that was another fight for the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team. We definitely fought it at times, but the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet was really good in clean air. Overall it was so tough today, especially in traffic. The Milwaukee Mile is such a historic race track. You get in traffic, and there are guys seconds off the pace holding you up--it's just short track racing. But, I feel good about the team moving forward from here. We have two more opportunities to score a win. We showed very well testing at Sonoma Raceway and earlier in the year at Auto Club Speedway. With two races to finish out the season, and one of those being a 500-miler around a 2-mile oval, it's going to be a pretty interesting end to the year. Thanks to Dominique and the Novo Nordisk guests for coming out this weekend--hope they all had fun! And thanks to the fans for the support, as always. [caption id="attachment_1406" align="aligncenter" width="569"] Chatting with Dominique in the media center.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1407" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Pre-race. Pre-race.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1409" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Ready to go at The Mile. Ready to go at The Mile.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1410" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Dominique with NBCSN's Kelli ... and her makeshift ladder! Dominique with NBCSN's Kelli ... and her makeshift ladder![/caption] 11:40 a.m. It's race day! Looking forward to getting on track for 250 laps here at The Mile. Last night I had dinner with a few guests from Novo Nordisk, as well as Dominique. It was an evening full of laughs for sure! This morning was surprisingly chilly and overcast, but it looks like the sun is sneaking out now. Luckily it wasn't chilly yesterday afternoon for the ALS ice bucket challenge! I just finished up with the autograph session... massive thanks to the fans who came out today! Now it's on to a media availability with Dominique, lunch and engineering sessions before the green flag. Tune in to NBC Sports Network for live coverage of the race beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern! Also follow my Pit Lane Reporter (PLR) on Twitter @racewithinsulin for on-track updates. Saturday, August 16 6:30 p.m. That qualifying run felt really good. We'll start P6 tomorrow. Two weeks ago at Mid-Ohio I came out of qualifying just completely crushed with the results. Since then we’ve focused on making sure we get a good qualifying run out of the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet here in Milwaukee. We spent a lot of time today in practice getting the car ready for the race tomorrow, and trying a couple different things. We still need to make a few changes before green flag, but I feel like we got about 95 percent out of the car today and I’m just really happy with the result. If you missed the live stream of qualifying, tune in to NBC Sports Network at 8 p.m. Eastern for the broadcast! [caption id="attachment_1390" align="aligncenter" width="569"]All set for qualifying. All set for qualifying.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1391" align="aligncenter" width="569"]P6! P6![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1386" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Brad teaching Dominique the ins-and-outs of a pit stop. Brad teaching Dominique the ins-and-outs of a pit stop.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1385" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Getting set for practice 2. I think Brad is ready! Getting set for practice 2. I think Brad is ready![/caption] 12:50 p.m. It's true, sometimes this job has perks... like meeting NBA legend Dominique Wilkins and showing him around my office! After practice this morning, Dominique came over to the transporter for a tour and to chat about how I prep for the race weekends. We met briefly at a Novo Nordisk event, but it was really cool to get to know him a bit better. He's such a good guy! He'll be here for the race tomorrow, too, so he'll get the full IndyCar experience. We finished up P12 in this morning's practice. I was definitely more comfortable with the car toward the end of the session and was able to make more adjustments while driving. We have one more practice before qualifying so we'll make the most of it! [caption id="attachment_1375" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Green for practice 1! Green for practice 1![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1376" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Making a few changes to the No. 83. Making a few changes to the No. 83.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1377" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Dominique chatting with the No. 83 crew. Dominique chatting with the No. 83 crew.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1379" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Showing Dominique around an IndyCar. Showing Dominique around an IndyCar.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1380" align="aligncenter" width="478"]Thanks for coming out! Thanks for coming out![/caption] 9:05 a.m. Good morning from The Mile! We just finished up with a drivers meeting, and I'm getting set for practice 1 at 10. Last night I had a really nice dinner with some friends from Novo Nordisk. Later today, we'll have basketball Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins here at the track for a few laps in the pace car! I've met Dominique a few times at Novo Nordisk events and he's a really cool, talented guy. Luckily, I don't think we'll have time to shoot any hoops... it could get embarrassing very quickly for me. Tune in for live video and timing during practice via INDYCAR Race Control! Friday, August 15 1:30 p.m. Good afternoon from the Milwaukee Mile! I drove up this morning from Indy and am just now getting settled at the track. I'm looking forward to getting back on an oval this weekend and competing here at the Milwaukee Mile. The Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team has been so strong lately once the green flag drops--solid pit stops, a quick race pace for the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet, and the right strategy calls. I know I can count on them when it's needed. We haven't always had the best luck at The Mile, but I think Chip Ganassi Racing as a whole is on the upswing. After a good result in Mid-Ohio and a successful test at Sonoma, we can really come back strong these last few races and earn some points toward the championship. For now, I'm headed into the engineering office. We have a special guest this weekend here with Novo Nordisk, so I'm looking forward to showing him around my "office" soon! Here's a race weekend schedule for you (all times Central): Saturday, August 16 10-11 a.m. Practice 1:30-2:30 p.m. Practice 5-6:15 p.m. Qualifying (delayed broadcast at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Network) Sunday, August 17 10 a.m. Systems check 10:30-11:30 a.m. Autograph session (at INDYCAR Fan Village) 2 p.m. Race (live on NBC Sports Network) Keep following @racewithinsulin on Twitter for more updates! And don't forget to tag your Twitter and Instagram posts with #CKsCrew to be featured on my website. [caption id="attachment_1355" align="aligncenter" width="626"]Photo via INDYCAR Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • ALS ice bucket challenge accepted!
    Aug 17

    ALS ice bucket challenge accepted!

    Yesterday Tony Kanaan, Scott Dixon and I accepted the ALS ice bucket challenge from our Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Jamie McMurray. How was it, you ask? In one word: cold. But all for a good cause! Learn more here, and enjoy the video below. Now I'm passing the challenge along to Ironman (and fellow Novo Nordisk spokesperson) Jay Hewitt! Have fun, Jay.

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  • Hall of Famer Wilkins spreads awareness
    Aug 16

    Hall of Famer Wilkins spreads awareness

    Via IndyCar.com August 16, 2014 WEST ALLIS, Wis. – Dominique Wilkins’ impressive numbers throughout a 16-year NBA career earned election to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Less than a year after retiring in 1999, though, another number registered altered the remainder of his life. The 6-foot-8 Wilkins was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, which accounts for about 90 percent of diagnosis and is associated with age, obesity and family history. “I went through denial for about a week,” he said Aug. 16 while getting a tour of the No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing car from driver Charlie Kimball at the Milwaukee Mile. “I was pretty shocked when I was diagnosed; my father died of diabetes and so did my grandfather. I knew it could affect somebody in our family but I didn’t think it could be me because I was in great shape.” Wilkins took charge of his new health status just as he took charge on the basketball court, and now he seeks to inspire others with diabetes to do the same and raise awareness. Wilkins and Kimball, who in 2007 was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2007, are spokesmen for Novo Nordisk, a leading global diabetes care company. “My message about prevention is diet, exercise and medication, but the hardest thing for people to change is diet and exercise,” Wilkins said. “I had to get back to some things that I used to do. Unfortunately, I couldn’t do them at that level but I did it enough to be successful at losing the weight. I feel better because of those lifestyles changes I have made.” Wilkins, 54, the Atlanta Hawks’ vice president of basketball since 2004, learned of the technology inherent in Kimball’s No. 83 car and then watched and listened to the afternoon practice from the team’s pit stand. He’ll attend the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest on Aug. 17. “It’s very impressive. You talk about getting in a rhythm, you have all those different things that you have to have in your head all the time,” Wilkins said. “Also, when you are affected by a chronic disease this type of sport takes so much out of your body and to see what Charlie does I’m amazed. I couldn’t do it.” To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_1383" align="aligncenter" width="610"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • Kimball teams with Wilkins on diabetes awareness
    Aug 15

    Kimball teams with Wilkins on diabetes awareness

    Via Associated Press August 15, 2014 Basketball Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins plans to take a spin around an IndyCar track. Just don't expect his 6-foot-8 frame to fit snugly into one of those open-wheeled cockpits. It's no career change for Wilkins, just a visit this weekend to the Milwaukee Mile ahead of Sunday's race and part of an effort to promote diabetes awareness along with driver Charlie Kimball. Both Wilkins and Kimball have diabetes, and both serve as spokesman for Novo Nordisk, which also sponsors Kimball's No. 83 car. "The biggest thing is to raise awareness," Kimball said. "Coupling that with being an NBA Hall of Famer, he brings a lot of (attention) to the topic." For more than his height, too. "Too tall to fit in a race car for sure, but can definitely be part of a pit crew," Kimball joked this week. Wilkins' schedule Saturday calls for a ride in the pace car with Kimball driving. He'll also be spending time in the pits. It will be a far different meeting from their usual encounters, pacing the halls of Congress to meet with senators and representatives about diabetes awareness. Wilkins was diagnosed in 2000 with Type 2 diabetes, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says accounts for 90 to 95 percent of diabetes cases. It is associated with older age, obesity, inactivity and family history. "The thing is to continue to educate people about diet and exercise," Wilkins said in a phone interview. "From a racing standpoint, this is my first time." To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_1371" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA[/caption]

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  • Voting open for series driver fan favorite award
    Aug 13

    Voting open for series driver fan favorite award

    Via IndyCar.com August 13, 2014 INDYCAR and Verizon IndyCar Series title sponsor Verizon are celebrating the drama and excitement of the final races of the 2014 season through the #INDYRIVALS social media campaign and the Verizon IndyCar Series Fan Favorite Driver Award. Fans can visit INDYRIVALS.com and vote daily for their favorite driver in the Verizon IndyCar Series Fan Favorite Driver Award. Fans can also make predictions as to who will be the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series Champion. Polls opened for voting on Aug. 7. The Favorite Driver Award will be presented at the INDYCAR Championship Celebration to the driver who receives the most votes by the time the green flag waves at the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway on Aug. 30. Five fans who cast their vote for Fan Favorite Driver will be randomly selected to win a weekly Verizon technology prize pack that includes: a GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition, SMS Audio Headphones, a Fitbit® activity band, a Samsung Galaxy Gear - Note 3, a Samsung Galaxy Note - 2014 Edition, and a Parrot AR Drone 2.0. Additionally, daily prizes will be awarded to fans using #INDYRIVALS #sweeps in their posts. Giveaways will include: autographed mini-helmets and portable iHome speakers.

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  • What's happening in 53214: No shortcuts at the Mile
    Aug 13

    What's happening in 53214: No shortcuts at the Mile

    Via IndyCar.com August 13, 2014 ABC Supply Wisconsin 250at Milwaukee IndyFest TV: NBCSN telecasts the race live (3 p.m. ET Aug. 17) and qualifications (8 p.m. ET Aug. 16). Leigh Diffey is the chief announcer, with Townsend Bell and David Hobbs as analysts. The Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires race will be telecast at 6 p.m. (ET) Aug. 17. Radio/web: All Verizon IndyCar Series on-track sessions are broadcast on www.IndyCar.com and the INDYCAR 14 app in conjunction with real-time Timing & Scoring. In addition, the races will be broadcast on IMS Radio Network affiliates, XM 209 and Sirius 213. Paul Page is the chief announcer. … Timing & Scoring for all Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires and Pro Mazda sessions also is on IndyCar.com. Live practice and qualifications streaming: Live streaming of the Aug. 16 Verizon IndyCar Series practice sessions and single-car qualifications will be on www.IndyCar.com, incorporating Timing & Scoring and the IMS Radio Network broadcast. Twitter: @MKE_IndyFest, @IndyCar, #IndyFest Weekend schedule (all times Eastern): Saturday, Aug. 16 – 9:15-9:45 a.m. Pro Mazda practice 10-10:45 a.m. Indy Lights practice 11 a.m.-noon Verizon IndyCar Series practice 12:15-12:45 p.m. Pro Mazda practice 1:30-2:15 p.m. Indy Lights practice 2:30-3:30 pm. Verizon IndyCar Series practice 3:45-4:30 p.m. Pro Mazda qualifications 5-5:45 p.m. Indy Lights qualifications 6-7:15 p.m. Verizon IndyCar Series qualifications 7:30 p.m. Pro Mazda race (100 laps) Sunday, Aug. 17 – 1 p.m. Indy Lights race (100 laps) 3 p.m. NBCSN on air 3:45 p.m. Verizon IndyCar Series race Weather forecast: Scattered late-afternoon rain Aug. 16; high of 83 … Mostly sunny Aug. 17; high of 80 Qualifications: Single-car qualifying on the 1.015-mile oval. A qualifying attempt consists of two consecutively timed laps. Order is determined by blind draw. Race laps: 250 Pit boxes: 37 feet Tires: Firestone will supply the same tire compound and construction as used in the 2013 race. Fuel: 84 U.S. gallons of E85 for practice and qualifications; 84 gallons for race. Four pits stops were the norm in the 2013 250-lap race, with the first for most entrants between Laps 64-69. Engines: 2.2-liter, twin-turbocharged V6s supplied by Chevrolet and Honda ... 140 kPa turbo boost for ovals. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_1367" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • Pick up Diabetic Living today!
    Aug 12

    Pick up Diabetic Living today!

    Check out the fall issue of Diabetic Living magazine for a feature on my endocrinologist, Dr. Anne Peters. You might even see a familiar face on the cover!

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  • Overcoming obstacles
    Aug 6

    Overcoming obstacles

    Via Napa Valley Register August 6, 2014 IndyCar driver Charlie Kimball, who drives the No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing IndyCar is living his dream. You might not think someone who was diagnosed with Diabetes 1 at the end of 2007 would be so positive about his life. But he truly is. Kimball grew up around racing as his father was a mechanical engineer who designed racecars for the IndyCar Series and the Formula One Series. His father was on the road at racetracks, but when Kimball started racing Go-Karts at age nine, it became a way to spend quality time with his father. Over the years he won seven national Go-Karting Championships. Kimball was accepted in to the engineering program at Stanford University, but bypassed his admission so he could continue to pursue his dream of being a professional race car driver. On his 16th birthday, he tested a Formula Ford and fell in love with car racing. He moved to Europe to pursue his Formula One dream and started the journey by competing in the Formula 3 Series, winning two races and three pole positions his first year racing in the series. He then graduated to British Formula 3, and became the first American to win a race in the series in 11 years. “Racing in Europe was pretty interesting,” he said. “Few Americans who went over there to race were successful.” After he won his first race, his competitors said, “You can’t be an American, you go too fast.” Kimball said it was nice to change some misconceptions Europeans had about American racecar drivers. He won five races that year, set two track records, and was second in the championship. From there he raced in the Formula 3 Euroseries and the World Series by Renault. It was mid-season while he was driving in the World Series by Renault when he found out he had Diabetes 1 and had to stop racing mid-season. Kimball went to his doctor for a regular checkup in 2007, and he mentioned to his doctor that he had been overly thirsty lately. Then he found out he had lost 25 pounds within a two week period which he had not even noticed. Kimball had very little knowledge about Diabetes 1. He had had no personal experience with it, nor did he know anyone who had. He got a ton of support from the Diabetes 1 community, and in 2008, Kimball returned to Formula 3 Euroseries with Prema Fowerteam sponsorship. He finished second in the opening race. He became a spokesperson for DexCom, the company that produces his Continuous Glucose Monitor. Like a true hero, he has not tried to brush his condition under the rug and keep it private. Instead, he has put his two life passions together, racing in the IndyCar Series and being involved with and supporting the Diabetes 1 community. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_1352" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA[/caption]

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  • Twitter takeover: @RaceSonoma
    Aug 4

    Twitter takeover: @RaceSonoma

    Join Charlie on Tuesday, August 5 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern as he takes over the Sonoma Raceway Twitter account @RaceSonoma to answer YOUR questions! Use the hashtag #GoProGrandPrix to ask Charlie a question and he will answer LIVE on Tuesday! UPDATE: Miss the chat live? Check out the recap HERE [caption id="attachment_1333" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • IndyCar test open to public at Sonoma Raceway
    Aug 4

    IndyCar test open to public at Sonoma Raceway

    Via RaceSonoma.com July 30, 2014 Race fans will be treated to a FREE Verizon IndyCar® Series test session at Sonoma Raceway on Thursday, Aug. 7. More than 10 Verizon IndyCar Series drivers are currently confirmed for the one-day test, which is being held in advance of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, Aug. 22-24. The lineup includes many of the series' top teams and drivers, including:

    • Andretti Autosport: Ryan Hunter-Reay & Carlos Munoz
    • Chip Ganassi Racing: Ryan Briscoe, Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan & Charlie Kimball
    • Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing: Graham Rahal
    • Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing: Josef Newgarden
    • Team Penske: Helio Castroneves, Juan Pablo Montoya & Will Power
    Testing will span from approximately 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fans who purchase a ticket to the upcoming GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma that day, or have already purchased tickets, will be given a FREE pit tour for an up-close look at the racecars and drivers. The Raceway Café will also be open for lunch. A press conference will be held during the lunch break and fans will be admitted free, pending space.

    For tickets to the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, call 800-870-RACE (7223) or visit racesonoma.com/indycar. Tickets can also be purchased on-site at the test session. Great packages are available, including the popular Total Access pass, which gets you a race-day reserved-seat ticket in any section and a Garage/Pit/Pre-race pass for just $99.

    [caption id="attachment_1330" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • Live from Trackside - Mid-Ohio
    Aug 3

    Live from Trackside - Mid-Ohio

    Sunday, August 3 6:45 p.m. Today was a great day for Chip Ganassi Racing, and a huge congratulations goes to Dixon and the No. 9 Team Target crew for getting the first win of the season for the team. The Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing guys fought hard all day and came through to get a solid top-10 finish from starting 20th. So much credit for this seventh place finish has to go to the crew of the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet in pit lane. They got me spots on every stop and I just had to go out and go fast. I’m looking forward to our test in Sonoma next week and then the race in a few weekends in Milwaukee. [caption id="attachment_1337" align="aligncenter" width="569"] Ready to go...[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1338" align="aligncenter" width="568"]"Drivers, to your cars!" "Drivers, to your cars!"[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1339" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Rolling out! Rolling out![/caption] 12:45 p.m. It's race day! Last night I spent a little bit of time relaxing with friends at the campground before going to bed early. We didn't have the best start to warm-up, but after some changes I felt much more comfortable. I am definitely more confident the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet will be fast during the race today, when it counts. After warm-up, I had the chance to meet two awesome fellow Type 1s, Autumn and Caleb, and give them a quick tour of the transporter and garage area. They're both active in the Mid-Ohio chapter of JDRF which is really cool. Tune in to the race on NBC Sports Network at 3 p.m. Eastern! [caption id="attachment_1325" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Pit stop practice during morning warm-up. Pit stop practice during morning warm-up.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1326" align="aligncenter" width="320"]Chatting with guests from JDRF! Chatting with guests from JDRF![/caption] Saturday, August 2 4:02 p.m. Obviously our qualifying efforts were really disappointing. The rain threw a wrench into everyone’s day. It’s disheartening especially because practice three was good and we came out with a really good car. I just wasn’t able to get the lap time that we needed. I know some of my teammates struggled as well, so hopefully we can all regroup tonight and see what we need to do to make things right for tomorrow. We’ll do everything we can to get the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet back up to the front where it needs to be. [caption id="attachment_1319" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Green for qualifying. Green for qualifying.[/caption] 12:25 p.m. Hello from a rainy (as in... pouring!) Mid-Ohio! Practice this morning went much better than yesterday. I feel like we made a lot of improvements overnight, and the direction we went was good. We hit some traffic near the end so didn't quite get our fast lap to finish off the session. But, I think the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet will be competitive both during qualifying later today and during the race tomorrow. Check INDYCAR Race Control for live timing and scoring during qualifying at 2 p.m. Eastern, and catch the delayed broadcast on NBC Sports Network at 5:30 p.m. Be sure to follow my Pit Lane Reporter (PLR) on Twitter @racewithinsulin for more updates from the track! [caption id="attachment_1314" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Start of practice 3. Start of practice 3.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1315" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Making changes on Saturday morning. Making changes on Saturday morning.[/caption] Friday, August 1 3:30 p.m. It was a good solid day of practice as far as changes went. We tried a lot of different things on the car going from the first to the second practice. With the track heating up and the support series' rubber going down, the conditions and the driveability of the car changed quite a bit this afternoon. We made a few changes that really didn’t work, but now we know which way we need to go to fix those for tomorrow morning’s practice and qualifying. I have a lot of confidence that the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet will be in better shape for the first practice and ready to go for qualifying. After a couple of media interviews and a bit more time with my engineers, I'll have dinner with my sister then hit the sack early tonight!  [caption id="attachment_1309" align="aligncenter" width="569"]IMG_0296 Practice pit stop during session 2.[/caption] 11:55 a.m. Whoa, I can't believe it's already August! Time flies when you're having fun. We're working hard to make the most of the rest of the IndyCar season... starting with practice today. It was good to pick up from where we left off at the test last week. We made some changes and recorded our fastest time on our last lap. I'm looking forward to the second practice session this afternoon at 2 p.m. (ET) to really find our lap time. We'll keep learning from our teammates in the meantime. The lap times are tight here, from the top of the chart to the bottom. [caption id="attachment_1307" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Nice job No. 83 crew--winners of the Toronto race 1 Firestone pit stop challenge! Nice job No. 83 crew--winners of the Toronto race 1 Firestone pit stop challenge![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1306" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Making changes. Making changes.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1305" align="aligncenter" width="569"]"Send him!" "Send him!"[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1304" align="aligncenter" width="502"]Back to the orange and blue for Mid-Ohio! Back to the orange and blue for Mid-Ohio![/caption] Thursday, July 31 3 p.m. I'm absolutely excited to be back at Mid-Ohio after scoring my first IndyCar win here last year. That race weekend and its result really embodies everything the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team works toward every day--overcoming challenges, strategic moves, consistency, and teamwork. We had a couple of good races in Toronto and a good test day in Mid-Ohio last week, so I know we'll be ready for whatever the track brings us this weekend. We know where we need to improve, so we'll be focusing a lot on qualifying and getting things right as soon as we unload. The No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet will be back in orange and blue this weekend... and hopefully back in winner's circle! I spent the morning in Columbus, doing a couple of interviews and media events. Now it's time to buckle down... engineering meetings and a track walk later today! My sister is in town for the race, so it should be an extra special weekend. Thanks for the support, everyone. Here's the race weekend schedule (all times Eastern): Friday, Aug. 1 10-10:45 a.m. Practice 2-2:45 p.m. Practice Saturday, Aug. 2: 10-10:45 a.m. Practice 2-3:10 p.m. Qualifying (broadcast on NBCSN at 5:30 p.m.) 4:30-5:30 p.m. Autograph session (in the INDYCAR Fan Village) Sunday, Aug. 3: 10-10:30 a.m. Warm-up 3 p.m. Race - 90 laps (live broadcast on NBCSN) Check out live timing and scoring for all on-track sessions, as well as live streaming for practice sessions, via INDYCAR Race Control. My Pit Lane Reporter (PLR) will have more updates for you on Twitter @racewithinsulin! [caption id="attachment_1280" align="aligncenter" width="626"]Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA[/caption]

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GoPro Grand Prix ofSonoma

August 24,2014 NBCSN - 4:00 PM EST

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Charlie Kimball

I'm back on the Best (West) Coast! Can't believe there are only two more Verizon Wireless IndyCar Series races left for 2014... ready for a good result at Race Sonoma this weekend!

9 hours ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Uh, say what?! Race Sonoma recently tested our pronunciation skills... enjoy!

2 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Do I have your vote for the 2014 Verizon Wireless IndyCar Series Fan Favorite Driver Award? Visit www.IndyRivals.com to vote today--you could win a cool Verizon tech prize pack!

2 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

I had a blast today with campers at American Diabetes Association - Minnesota's Camp Needlepoint! Thanks for having me as a guest with Novo Nordisk! (Photos via ADA MN)

3 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Tough day at the office. But feeling optimistic about the two upcoming opportunities we still have to get a win this season! On to the Best Coast! http://bit.ly/Vt8jpQ

4 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Starting P6 today... ready for 250 laps at Milwaukee IndyFest! Tune in for live coverage beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern on NBC Sports Network. http://bit.ly/Vt8jpQ

4 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Yep... Tony Kanaan, Scott Dixon and I accepted the #ALSIceBucketChallenge from Jamie McMurray. Brrr!! Now, I'm nominating Ironman and fellow Novo Nordisk spokesperson Jay Hewitt to the challenge! Learn more about The ALS Association: http://bit.ly/1oRcKBC

4 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Our qualifying run today felt really good--we'll start P6 for Milwaukee IndyFest tomorrow! And I think my special guest (and NBA legend) Dominique Wilkins is having a good time exploring the Verizon Wireless IndyCar Series world... Should we have him join my pit crew? http://bit.ly/Vt8jpQ

5 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Getting set for practice 1 at Milwaukee IndyFest! Check live timing and video at: http://racecontrol.indycar.com. For updates and a full schedule: http://bit.ly/Vt8jpQ

5 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Check my race weekend live blog for all Milwaukee IndyFest updates!

6 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Happy Friday! Heading up to Milwaukee this morning. While I'm on the road... CAPTION THIS photo of me and my Chip Ganassi Racing Teams engineer Brad:

6 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

#TBT #ThrowbackThursday photo from Milwaukee IndyFest 2013... ready to be back! Don't forget to tag your Twitter & Instagram posts with #CKsCrew this race weekend to be featured on my website: www.charliekimball.com/hashtag

7 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Ready, set, vote!

8 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

It's Milwaukee IndyFest race week! But first, heading up north for some fun with JDRF Southeastern Wisconsin later today. Looking forward to a summertime picnic!

8 days ago

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