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

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  • With aero kits in house, teams prep for testing
    Mar 2

    With aero kits in house, teams prep for testing

    Via IndyCar.com For the first time in a long time, it was a busy weekend for Verizon IndyCar Series teams. Teams aligned with either Chevrolet or Honda have taken delivery of the initial corresponding road/street course and short oval aerodynamic bodywork kits that will debut in competition in the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 29 (3 p.m. ET, ABC). To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_1783" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA[/caption]

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  • Charlie makes a pit stop at Seacrest Studios
    Feb 26

    Charlie makes a pit stop at Seacrest Studios

    Charlie made a visit to WKID33 Seacrest Studios at Cincinnati Children's Hospital on February 26 with Novo Nordisk. Check out photos from his visit via WKID33's Facebook page here!

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  • Indy Honor Flight stops at Ganassi Saturday
    Feb 25

    Indy Honor Flight stops at Ganassi Saturday

    Indy Honor Flight, an organization providing free transportation for America's veterans to visit memorials in Washington, D.C., will host its annual open house at the Chip Ganassi Racing Teams shop in Indianapolis on Saturday, February 28, 2-7 p.m. In addition to meet-and-greet opportunities with the veterans, Verizon IndyCar Series drivers Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan and Charlie Kimball will be on site to meet visitors. The fundraiser also includes a silent auction, live auction, and self-guided tours ($10 donation suggested). All proceeds go directly toward the veterans' travel expenses. To learn more about the event, please click here.

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  • Boats, boats, and more boats!
    Feb 24

    Boats, boats, and more boats!

    180,000 square feet of exhibition space, filled with boats? Yep, I'm there. We're deep into winter here in Indy, and I've caught myself daydreaming about warmer days on my Axis Wake A24 more times than I should publicly admit. I'm heading to the Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel Show on Friday to hang out at the Mid-Indiana Marine booth. Hope to see you there!

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  • It's my birthday. . . and I'll party how I want to!
    Feb 20

    It's my birthday. . . and I'll party how I want to!

    Yep, today's the day: the big three-oh. While some may hide from this milestone birthday, I'm embracing it. And partying... with you. Instead of accepting gifts, I'm giving them... to you. I've got 30 signed items (everything thing from race-worn visors and keychains, to lanyards and Fathead wall clings) on hand, just waiting to be shipped out to you. On Monday, I'll choose 30 fans at random from my e-mail list to win a signed item. 30 years, 30 items, 30 winners. Just sign up here if you aren't on the list. If you do still want to give me a gift, I'll gladly accept your photos from the track. Tag them with #CKsCrew on Twitter and Instagram, and they'll show up here! Thanks everyone--appreciate the support today and always!

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  • For John Green's IndyCar draft, Speedway plays host
    Feb 18

    For John Green's IndyCar draft, Speedway plays host

    Via IndyStar.com In the equivalent of the Red Sox inviting Matt Damon to draft an MLB fantasy team at home plate of Fenway Park, Indianapolis author John Green and friends drafted Verizon IndyCar fantasy teams Tuesday night on the seventh floor of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Pagoda. The 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series begins on March 29 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Green's team features Scott Dixon, James Hinchcliffe, Sage Karam and Charlie Kimball. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_1766" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA.[/caption]

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  • Chevrolet unveils renderings of road/street aero kit
    Feb 17

    Chevrolet unveils renderings of road/street aero kit

    Via IndyCar.com Chevrolet is prepared for the next bold step in manufacturer competition with the introduction of aerodynamic bodywork kits to the Verizon IndyCar Series, according to Jim Campbell, GM’s U.S. vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports. Campbell was joined by Chevrolet Racing director Mark Kent and Chris Berube, Chevrolet Racing's IndyCar program manager, in unveiling renderings of its road/street course and short oval aerodynamic package during the Verizon IndyCar Series media day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A speedway configuration will be introduced ahead of its competitive debut in May at the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval. “This is an important milestone in Chevrolet’s involvement in IndyCar racing,” Campbell said. “We focused on developing an aerodynamic package that delivers an optimal balance of downforce and drag, along with integrated engine performance. It’s a total performance package.” The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg marks INDYCAR’s introduction to chassis competition in the Verizon IndyCar Series based upon aerodynamic bodywork components designed, manufactured and supplied by Chevrolet and Honda. Cars will be differentiated by their shape on the 1.8-mile temporary street course. References to the cars will incorporate the name of the corresponding manufacturer. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_1751" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of Chevrolet[/caption]

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  • Female IndyCar engineer talks 'intimidating' career
    Feb 11

    Female IndyCar engineer talks 'intimidating' career

    Via WISHTV.com In week two of 24-Hour News 8’s Indy Trailblazers series, we take a look at one of the only female engineers in IndyCar. Women working behind the scenes of IndyCar are few are far between that’s what makes Ganassi engineer Kate Gundlach so special. She’s one of only a few female engineers on the circuit and the only one helping call the shots on the timing stand for Charlie Kimball’s No. 83 car. “Kate’s the one that I ask about drive styles, the comparisons she sees in the data,” said Kimball. “She’s the one that looks at where I’m losing time, where I’m making time.” She’s also in charge of fuel strategy. “There’s so much she has to do,” said lead race engineer Brad Goldberh. “She has to help me make sure that the car is competitive and fast day in and day out, so her job description is very tough.” To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_1747" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo via WISHTV.com[/caption]

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  • Aero kit team testing window remains mid-March
    Feb 10

    Aero kit team testing window remains mid-March

    Via IndyCar.com INDYCAR announced today that testing regulations would remain as published in the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook, with March 13 designated the opening of team on-track and wind tunnel testing of the full-size Chevrolet and Honda road/street course and short oval aerodynamic bodywork kits. Earlier this month, INDYCAR confirmed that there would not be a substitute race for the cancelled event in Brasilia, Brazil, which was scheduled for March 8. A Promoter Test is scheduled for March 16-17 at Barber Motorsports Park, and the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 27-29 will mark the competition debut of the aero kits. March 1 is the deadline for Verizon IndyCar Series teams to take delivery of their corresponding Chevrolet or Honda road/street course and short oval packages. April 1 is the deadline for delivery of the speedway aero kits. A Promoter Test also is scheduled March 27 on the St. Petersburg 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary street course. In-season Promoter Tests are scheduled in conjunction with race weekends at NOLA Motorsports Park (April 10), Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course (May 7) and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (July 31). Additionally, a Promoter Test is scheduled for May 3 on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval for the debut of the speedway aero kits. The first practice session for the 99th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race is May 11. In light of the scheduled March 8 race cancellation, INDYCAR also updated the designation of the 2015 season start in the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook to March 6. It provides teams and manufacturers a benchmark for engine mileage allotted to full-season entrants from the start of the 2015 season start to the start of the 2016 season. An entrant is allotted a maximum of 10,000 miles for use in all team tests, Promoter Tests and race events during that span. Testing mileage accrued through March 5 will come from each entrant’s remaining allocation from the 2014 race season. [caption id="attachment_1744" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA[/caption]

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  • Dates Set For Month of May Activities at IMS
    Feb 3

    Dates Set For Month of May Activities at IMS

    Via Indianapolis Motor Speedway From an Opening Day featuring restyled race cars, the second annual Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, a practice session with after-hours running and the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 24, the 2015 Month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be full of action. The stars of the Verizon IndyCar Series will take to the famed 2.5-mile oval for the first time on Sunday, May 3, for a test session featuring the highly anticipated debut of oval aero kits. Speeds on the oval are anticipated to be higher with the aero kits, which feature body work modifications that will bring renewed innovation and differentiate Chevrolet- and Honda-badged Dallara race cars for fans. IMS will then take three days to transition from the oval configuration to the 2.434-mile, 14-turn road course for the second annual Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis. The road course incorporates portions of Turns 1 and 2 and the front straightaway of the oval with the remainder of the circuit within the infield, allowing for great spectator viewing beginning with a free-admission practice day on Thursday, May 7, and qualification day on May 8. Simon Pagenaud will look to defend his title on Race Day on Saturday, May 9. “Winning the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis in 2014 was definitely one of the highlights of my career. It’s a beautiful circuit and it represents a great way to kick off the on-track activities for the Month of May,” said Pagenaud, of Team Penske. “The Verizon IndyCar Series is the most fan-friendly series in the world. To open up the practice on May 7 and the garage on May 8 – for free! – is an amazing treat for our fans. I hope many of them come out to see our new 2015 body kits and the high-speed racing that is sure to be thrilling.” On Monday, May 11, the oval will be host to eight consecutive days of on-track activity with a unique late afternoon/evening practice session from 4-7 p.m. in preparation for the Indianapolis 500. Practice sessions will be held from May 11-15, culminating with Fast Friday (May 15), followed by qualification weekend on May 16-17, including Old National Armed Forces Pole Day on Sunday, May 17. The next day, Monday, May 18, will feature the final full day of practice, which is always one of the busiest on the track. “I am really excited for the month of May activities! Opening Day will be even more interesting this year with the introduction of aero kits, it will be the first time we get on track with them at IMS,” said two-time pole winner Ed Carpenter of CFH Racing. “The qualifying format last year was a lot of fun, and I look forward to trying to be part of the action again, but more importantly I can't wait to get another chance to fulfill my dream of drinking milk!” Fans can enjoy their own experiences on the oval on Wednesday, May 20, with the IMS Racing Experience and Fan Track Laps. Fans will be able to take Indy Racing Experience two-seat rides around the oval and drive their own cars on the track from 4-7 p.m., while many of the Verizon IndyCar Series drivers will go into the community visiting schools and participating in other outreach activities (more details to come at a later date). On-track activity continues with a long-time Indianapolis Motor Speedway tradition and fan favorite – Coors Light Carb Day on Friday, May 22. In addition to the final Indianapolis 500 practice session, Carb Day will feature the Indy Lights Freedom 100 (practice and qualifying is on Thursday, May 21), TAG Heuer Pit Stop Challenge and Coors Light Carb Day Concert. The eve of the Indianapolis 500, Saturday, May 23, features Legends Day Honoring Al Unser presented by Firestone, the traditional full-field autograph session, public drivers meeting and a Concert presented by Firestone, with the entertainers to be announced. The 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 will be contested on Sunday, May 24. Ryan Hunter-Reay is the defending champion. In the infield will be the Indy 500 Snake Pit presented by Miller Lite. “Anticipation is already building and we are once again excited about our on track schedule as well as the other activities that will make this a special Month of May,” said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “Starting with the debut of the aero kits on the oval, followed by the second running of the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, the first week of activity will provide a perfect lead up to Indianapolis 500 practice, qualifying and the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500. May can’t get here fast enough!”

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  • No Brasilia replacement; St. Pete is season opener
    Feb 2

    No Brasilia replacement; St. Pete is season opener

    Via IndyCar.com INDYCAR, the governing body of the Verizon IndyCar Series, announced via a statement that it would not fill the void on the 2015 schedule because of the cancellation  of the race in Brasilia, Brazil. It read: INDYCAR has explored several possibilities in an attempt to find a replacement event following the cancellation of the March 8 race in Brasília. Due to the lack of time for suitable planning and the limited number of options, the series has concluded it is not feasible to organize a replacement race on that weekend. INDYCAR will determine other opportunities for its teams and drivers at that time following a review of the current testing schedule. The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 27-29 will be the season opener and the debut of aerodynamic bodywork kits supplied by Chevrolet and Honda. The opening test date for teams with their corresponding road/street and short oval aero kits is March 13. Promoter test days are scheduled for March 16-17 at Barber Motorsports Park. Teams are to take delivery of a complete road/street and short oval kit by March 1. [caption id="attachment_1740" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA[/caption]

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  • Second-year steward system to support race director Brian Barnhart
    Jan 28

    Second-year steward system to support race director Brian Barnhart

    Via IndyCar.com INDYCAR announced that vice president of Competition Brian Barnhart has been named race director and will lead the Verizon IndyCar Series' three-steward Race Control system for the 2015 season that starts March 8 with the Brasilia Indy 300 in the capital city of Brazil. Barnhart was a key member of the INDYCAR Race Control system implemented in 2014 that stipulates all in-race penalties are decided by a two-thirds vote amongst the respective stewards officiating each event. "We believe that based on his extensive experience in Race Control, combined with the three-steward system, Brian Barnhart is a good fit as INDYCAR race director," said Derrick Walker, INDYCAR president of Competition and Operations. "The process allows the race director to focus on running the race without the double-duty of reviewing multiple replays and simultaneously trying to make a call. In terms of determining penalties, our process defines that a majority vote amongst the three stewards is required, which ensures a jury-like process. Last year we found that this was a fair system when making difficult judgment calls." Barnhart was a Race Control steward throughout the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season and was previously INDYCAR race director from 1997-2011. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_1732" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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Team Chevy aero kits? Check. Verizon Wireless IndyCar Series testing? Soon!

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Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Since we have snow on the ground again here in Indy... A nice reminder: 83 days until the #Indy500!

2 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Kicking off a busy yet fun weekend with a visit to the Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel Show today at 3 p.m. (http://bit.ly/17T9gh5), then hanging at the Chip Ganassi Racing Teams shop with Indy Honor Flight tomorrow afternoon (http://bit.ly/1ARjrgz)! What are you up to?

4 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Just arrived at WKID 33 at Cincinnati Children’s with Novo Nordisk... going live soon to talk #IndyCar! Found a timely #ThrowbackThursday photo from last April's visit here to the Ryan Seacrest Studios. So fun!

5 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Lucky to have the opportunity to meet some true heroes this Saturday at the Indy Honor Flight's open house at Chip Ganassi Racing Teams! Hope to see you there at 3 p.m.! Info: www.indyhonorflight.org

6 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Is it spring yet?! Looking forward to the Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel show this Friday with Mid-Indiana Marine! Stop by and see us! http://bit.ly/17T9gh5

7 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Cool feature on one of Firestone Tires' engineers, Cara, for National Engineering Month. They're a big part of our success each and every Verizon Wireless IndyCar Series race weekend!

7 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Happy Monday! A huge THANK YOU for the birthday wishes--I am so grateful and enjoyed reading all of the messages! Check your e-mail now to find out if you're a "30 years, 30 signed items" winner!

8 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

As you may have heard, I turned another year older today... 30! I want to celebrate with you, so I'm giving away 30 signed items to 30 fans! http://bit.ly/1w5aIc5

11 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

In honor of the start of spring training... here's a #TBT #ThrowbackThursday photo from April 2013, just before throwing out the first pitch at a Los Angeles Dodgers game! Really cool day.

12 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Sneak peek of the No. 83 transporter for the 2015 Verizon Wireless IndyCar Series season, via Chip Ganassi Racing Teams' Mike Hull. Can't miss those colors!

13 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

I had a great time with the Zionsville Alpha Leo Club last night... thanks for having me! And thanks for the donation to JDRF--unexpected but much appreciated!

13 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Yesterday Team Chevy unveiled their new Verizon Wireless IndyCar Series road/street course aero kit for 2015! What do you think? I can't wait to get it on track next month! http://bit.ly/1DCmc7i

13 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Fun Verizon Wireless IndyCar Series media day! One step closer to the start of the season...

14 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

It's Mardi Gras! While you're enjoying a piece of king cake, take a look at this comparison between an IndyCar Series car and Mardi Gras float. I bet our engineers are glad we don't measure speed by alligators and bobcats!

14 days ago

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