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  • Chevy numbers to note: Terabytes and wins
    Sep 26

    Chevy numbers to note: Terabytes and wins

    Via IndyCar.com Sept. 26, 2014 Chevrolet clinched its third consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series Manufacturer Championship with the 2.2-liter, twin-turbocharged, direct-injected V6 engine. Some factoids about the bowtie brand in the series: 12 – Chevrolet-powered cars won 12 of the 18 races during the 2014 season. 33 -- Races won with a Chevrolet engine in the past three seasons. 78 – Percentage of Chevrolet-powered cars in the Fast Nine qualifying positions for the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race since 2012. 100 – Man hours to assemble one race engine. 108 – Average distance in miles traveled by a piston in the Chevrolet race car engine cylinder during the 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500 in May. 1,851 – Race laps led during the season by Chevrolet-powered cars. 9,500 – Individual parts in the race engine. 30,065 – Revolutions of Ed Carpenter's engine during his four-lap qualifying run in the Fast Nine to secure his second consecutive Indianapolis 500 pole start. 250,000 -- Half a terabyte of data is collected by Chevrolet engineers throughout the course of the racing season, which is equivalent to about a quarter million pictures worth of data. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_1514" align="aligncenter" width="591"] Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA[/caption]

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  • Brasilia joins race lineup for the 2015 season
    Sep 18

    Brasilia joins race lineup for the 2015 season

    Via IndyCar.com Sept. 18, 2014 INDYCAR will return to Brazil in 2015 with a Verizon IndyCar Series event at Autódromo Internacional Nelson Piquet in the capital city of Brasília next March. “We’re eager to continue INDYCAR’s rich history of racing in Brazil with today’s announcement of a Verizon IndyCar Series event in Brasília next season,” said Hulman & Company CEO Mark Miles, who made the joint announcement alongside Maruska Souza Holanda, the President of Terracap, a government-owned company that owns the racetrack. “This event is an instrumental step in the growth of INDYCAR as we continue to execute our strategy of adding race markets and events that drive us forward. We’ve received a tremendous amount of support from Governor Agnelo Queiroz, the Government of the Federal District – GDF and the Bandeirantes Communications Group throughout this entire process. INDYCAR fans throughout the world are unbelievably enthusiastic about our sport and we’re excited to showcase another thrilling event next season.” The Brasília Indy will be held on March 8. INDYCAR previously sanctioned a Verizon IndyCar Series street race in São Paulo from 2010-13. CART raced in Rio de Janeiro from 1996-2000 on an oval circuit also named for Piquet. “I look forward to having the race in Brasilia; it will be a marvelous event not only for developing Brasília but for all of Brazil,” Governor of the Federal District Agnelo Queiroz said while visiting the Indianapolis 500 in May. “The racetrack is located close to downtown and we expect more than 100,000 fans at event. The racetrack is a permanent facility and built in the center of the city in 1973, and we were determined that the track should meet requirements for INDYCAR, F1 and MotoGP. We truly hope the event will bring investments and economic development for the whole Central region of Brazil.” To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_1510" align="aligncenter" width="610"] Photo via IndyCar.com[/caption]

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  • Kimball earns "Don't Crack Under Pressure" Award
    Aug 31

    Kimball earns "Don't Crack Under Pressure" Award

    Via IndyCar.com August 31, 2014 Charlie Kimball claimed the $25,000 TAG Heuer “Don’t Crack Under Pressure” Award for advancing the most cumulative positions during the season. Verizon IndyCar Series award winners Championship driver (Astor Challenge Cup): Will Power Jostens Championship Driver Award (ring): Will Power Championship team (Astor Challenge Cup): Verizon Team Penske Championship team manager: Jon Bouslog Chief Mechanic of the Year Award: Matt Jonnson Sunoco Diamond Performance Award ($75,000): Will Power for three race victories Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award ($50,000): Carlos Munoz TAG Heuer “Don’t Crack Under Pressure” Award ($25,000): Charlie Kimball Tony Renna Rising Star Award: Jack Hawksworth Verizon P1 Award: Will Power for field-high four earned poles Dan and Susie Wheldon “Make a Difference” Award ($1,000 charitable donation): Susie Wheldon To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_1505" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • Live from Trackside - Fontana
    Aug 30

    Live from Trackside - Fontana

    Saturday, August 30 11:15 p.m. I have to give a lot of credit to the entire Chip Ganassi Racing team, especially Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing. They were able to really come together and rebound from our incident last night. I knew from the first lap that the car was going to be really good. I got caught out in the dirty air and hit the wall lightly in the middle of the race. That put us behind a little, but we were able to fight back as a team and finish in 12th. After the night we had last night, I’d say that’s pretty good. Congratulations to Tony and Scott on the 1-2 finish! Last but definitely not least, thanks to the fans for all of the support this season! I truly appreciate it. [caption id="attachment_1500" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Sun is setting and it's time for the green flag![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1501" align="aligncenter" width="626"]IMG_0377 IndyCars under the lights![/caption] 3:10 p.m. I just finished up the systems check lap. Going to the backup car was seamless, all thanks to the No. 83 crew and everyone from the Chip Ganassi Racing team who helped out last night. I always know they will give me a quick car, no matter what the circumstances. The incident during the last practice session was just really unfortunate. I just had no place to go, and the guys had a long night rebuilding the car. I'm a bit sore today but otherwise totally fine. I'm definitely thinking of Mikhail and wishing him a quick recovery! Next up on the agenda is an USA Today interview, the IndyCar autograph session, a team strategy meeting, and dinner. Then it's time to go racing for the last time this year! Thanks for the support, as always. Tune in to the MAVTV500 at 6 p.m. Pacific on NBC Sports Network, and be sure to follow my Pit Lane Reporter on Twitter @racewithinsulin for updates during the race. Friday, August 29 6:15 p.m. The No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet has been really good both in qualifying in the heat and sun, and then also when it cools down in race trim. The Team Chevy power has been really good here all week and I'm excited to see what we can do in the 500-mile race. I'm really happy with the sixth place qualifying result, but we still have a little work to do before tomorrow night to make sure we have the best race car possible. Luckily we have a half hour session this evening with a race-like setting to get a few things sorted. Check it out at 7:15 p.m. PT! [caption id="attachment_1495" align="aligncenter" width="569"]TK giving me some insight after his qualifying run. TK giving me some insight after his qualifying run.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1496" align="aligncenter" width="569"]On deck and ready to go! On deck and ready to go![/caption] 1:45 p.m. Hello from Auto Club Speedway! We had a pretty good first practice session this morning, mainly working on our setup for qualifying. We finished P6 on the charts, but more importantly I got a really good feel for the car and felt pretty comfortable. If we can start in the first few rows, I think we can definitely go racing from there. I'm 20th in the qualifying line, and our times will be the average of two laps. Qualifying starts in a half hour at 2:15 p.m. Pacific, so check it out live via INDYCAR Race Control or the broadcast on NBC Sports Network at 4 p.m. [caption id="attachment_1492" align="aligncenter" width="569"]All set for practice 1. All set for practice 1.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1493" align="aligncenter" width="626"]Making changes to the No. 83. Making changes to the No. 83.[/caption] Thursday, August 28 4:50 p.m.  I'm looking forward to closing out the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season this weekend at Auto Club Speedway. It's been an up and down year, but I know the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team can end it on a strong note. There's a lot that can happen during those 500 miles, but we showed last year that we can be a contender here in Fontana. With the testing time yesterday ahead of the race weekend, it gives us just that extra bit of data and opportunity to improve the car before the green flag. It was pretty warm during the first test session so we worked on qualifying setups and general car balance. Once the sun went down, the track cooled off a bit and changed to conditions similar to how it will be on Saturday evening so we were able to work on race setups. The No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet will be quick, going for the win! Here's a race weekend schedule (all times Pacific): Friday, August 29 10-11:15 a.m. Practice 2:15-3:30 p.m. Qualifying (broadcast on NBC Sports Network at 4 p.m. PT) 5:30-6 p.m. Practice Saturday, August 30 3 p.m. Systems check (1 lap) 4-5 p.m. Autograph session (in the INDYCAR Fan Village) 6 p.m. Driver intros and live broadcast on NBC Sports Network begins 7:20 p.m. Green flag for the MAVTV 5oo! Check INDYCAR Race Control for live timing and video, and follow my Pit Lane Reporter (PLR) on Twitter @racewithinsulin for updates while I'm on track! Thanks for the support. [caption id="attachment_1465" align="aligncenter" width="609"]Setting up on test day. Setting up on test day.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1467" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Ready to go for testing! Ready to go for testing![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1486" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Under the lights! Under the lights![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1487" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Our pit setup in Fontana. Our pit setup in Fontana.[/caption]  

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  • I went to Facebook. . . and I "liked" it
    Aug 28

    I went to Facebook. . . and I "liked" it

    Last week before starting the race weekend at Sonoma Raceway, I had the opportunity to visit Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. along with eight fellow Verizon IndyCar Series drivers. Their campus is huge--and super cool. Not only do they have an open layout with outdoor courtyards and a climbing wall, but they also have a bunch of on-site restaurants and food vendors. All for free! But we weren't there just for the snacks... we also met with Facebook engineers and sports account managers to learn about best practices for athletes. They also set us up with verified pages and a new app created just for verified users, which makes it even easier for me to update my page while on the road. Awesome! With more than one billion (yes, BILLION!) users around the world it's no secret that as an athlete, having an active Facebook page is important in order to interact and communicate with fans. It also gives us a bit of a personal touch point--whether fans can make the trip out to a race track or not, they still have the chance to "talk" with their favorite driver via Facebook. It's almost become the electronic version of having a signed hero card! From sharing photos to videos and news links to contests, the opportunities are virtually endless. So, what is your favorite part of Facebook? What would you like to see more of on my Facebook page? Tell me here! [caption id="attachment_1482" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Check out that blue check mark--I'm official![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1480" align="aligncenter" width="420"]Chatting with a Facebook engineer and CGR teammate TK. Chatting with a Facebook engineer and CGR teammate TK.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1481" align="aligncenter" width="569"]IndyCar visits Facebook! IndyCar visits Facebook![/caption]

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  • Grand Prix of Louisiana to debut in April 2015
    Aug 27

    Grand Prix of Louisiana to debut in April 2015

    Via IndyCar.com August 27, 2014 A Verizon IndyCar Series race on a newly-configured 13-turn, 2.67-mile road course at NOLA Motorsports Park will debut in April as part of the 2015 season. INDYCAR, NOLA Motorsports Park, local and state officials made the announcement during a news conference at the facility in Avondale, La., about 14 miles southwest of downtown New Orleans. The Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana, held April 10-12, will feature a three-day festival combining Louisiana’s culture – including live musical acts, entertainment and local cuisine – with the excitement of a Verizon IndyCar Series event. The race weekend will compliment the French Quarter Festival, a popular music festival held in and around the historic neighborhood in New Orleans. “We’re delighted about the opportunity to showcase the Verizon IndyCar Series at NOLA Motorsports Park and to INDYCAR fans in the greater New Orleans area,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., the parent of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “The commitment from track owner Laney Chouest and his associates, combined with the support we received from the state of Louisiana, was the catalyst in making this come to fruition. New Orleans has a history of hosting successful major sporting events and we’re thrilled to be able to add the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana to the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule.” Earlier this year, the state of Louisiana committed $4.5 million to make enhancements to the racetrack in support of the event. This investment, combined with private funding from NOLA Motorsports Park, helped facilitate required track and facility improvements necessary to host a Verizon IndyCar Series event. Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and State Sen. John Alario Jr., president of the Louisiana State Senate, were among state and parish officials to attend the news conference. “The State of Louisiana understands the economic and cultural potential of this annual event,” Chouest said. “Track operations are currently underway to transform NOLA Motorsports Park into a Verizon IndyCar Series circuit, complete with state-of-the-art equipment, grandstands and viewing platforms racing fans need for a truly enjoyable experience.” Improvements to NOLA Motorsports Park include a reconfigured course layout, which was designed in collaboration with INDYCAR officials and Verizon IndyCar Series drivers, including James Hinchcliffe and Graham Rahal. All three rungs of the Mazda Road to Indy participated in February in the Cooper Tires Winterfest test days at the racetrack. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_1470" align="aligncenter" width="610"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • What's happening in 92335: Furious finale under lights
    Aug 27

    What's happening in 92335: Furious finale under lights

    Via IndyCar.com August 27, 2014 MAVTV 500 INDYCAR Championship TV: NBCSN telecasts the race live (9 p.m. ET Aug. 30) and qualifications (7 p.m. ET Aug. 29). Leigh Diffey is the chief announcer. 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 chief announcer. … Also, the drivers meeting at 8 p.m. Aug. 30 will be streamed live on the INDYCAR 14 app. Live practice and qualifications streaming: Live streaming of the Aug. 29 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: @ACSupdates, @IndyCar, #MAVTV500 Weekend schedule (all times Eastern): Friday, Aug. 29 – 1 p.m. Verizon IndyCar Series practice 5:15 p.m. Verizon IndyCar Series qualifications 9:15 p.m. Verizon IndyCar Series practice Saturday, Aug. 30 – 9 p.m. NBCSN on air Weather forecast: Sunny both days; highs in the 80s, cooling through the race. Qualifications: Single-car qualifying on the 2--mile D-shaped oval. A qualifying attempt consists of two consecutively timed laps. Order is determined by blind draw. … Will Power (1:05.2247, 220.775 mph) was the pole winner in 2013, which is the two-lap track record. Race laps: 250 Pit boxes: 40 feet Tires: Firestone will supply the same tire compound and construction as used in the 2013 race. Fuel: 80 U.S. gallons of E85 for practice and qualifications … 127 gallons for race. … Between seven and 10 pit stops was the norm in the 2013 race. The first, under green, came between Laps 35-38. 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_1463" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • Kimball continues to lead TAG Heuer standings
    Aug 26

    Kimball continues to lead TAG Heuer standings

    Via IndyCar.com August 26, 2014 Charlie Kimball continues to lead the TAG Heuer Don't Crack Under Pressure award, but Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Jack Hawksworth isn't far behind wth one race remaining. The $25,000 prize will be award to the driver who advances the most cumulative positions over the season at the INDYCAR Championship Celebration on Aug. 31 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Kimball, driver of the No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing car, has advanced his position relative to his starting spot a total of 98 places through the 17 races. Hawksworth, driver of the No. 98 BHA/BBM Autosport car, has advanced a total of 86 positions. [caption id="attachment_1476" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • Texas announces June 2015 race date
    Aug 26

    Texas announces June 2015 race date

    Via IndyCar.com August 26, 2014 Texas Motor Speedway announced today that it will retain its traditional date on the Verizon IndyCar Series calendar for 2015. The Firestone 600 will be contested June 4-6 and be telecast on NBCSN. It is the 19th consecutive season that the track in Fort Worth will host a Verizon IndyCar Series race. Ed Carpenter held off Will Power and three other drivers on a restart in the final three laps this past June to win for the first time at the 1.5-mile, high-banked oval. "I am very happy to hear that the Verizon IndyCar Series will be heading back to Texas next year," said Carpenter, owner/driver of the No. 20 Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka car for Ed Carpenter Racing. "I have always enjoyed racing at the track. Our races have changed a lot over the years, but it has always been one of the best stops on the schedule. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_1473" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • MAVTV 500 preview: Teams on track for testing
    Aug 26

    MAVTV 500 preview: Teams on track for testing

    Via IndyCar.com August 26, 2014 Five-hundred miles in the heat of an August night, with dust clogging radiators and competitors clinging to the steering wheel so tight they can’t even relax during a lightning-quick pit stop. Ed Carpenter wouldn’t have it any other way to close the Verizon IndyCar Series season, and 21 other drivers who aren’t in unison on the shade of red in the series logo would agree with the team/owner driver on that point. Carpenter, who’s finished first and second in the past two trips to Auto Club Speedway in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka car, is obviously looking forward to competing on the 2-mile oval Aug. 30 and hopefully taking an extended bow in Victory Circle. First, though, all the drivers will make preparations for the two-day show with a test session Aug. 27. “Test days are always important because you can always go with what’s worked in the past and see if it still works or see if we have to adapt to new conditions,” said Carpenter, whose Ed Carpenter Racing team was on the track in February.” Fans can watch from 4:30-10:30 p.m. (local) from the infield Terrace Suite rooftops above pit road. They’ll be admitted free with a ticket (or proof of purchase) for the MAVTV 500 or by making a $10 donation to the Auto Club Speedway Foundation benefiting local schools. Fans can purchase race weekend tickets HERE. As part of regular maintenance, the seams in the racing surface recently have been re-sealed. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_1456" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • Four Open Tests mark '15 on-track regulations
    Aug 25

    Four Open Tests mark '15 on-track regulations

    Via IndyCar.com August 25, 2014 INDYCAR’s 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series testing regulations released today include no in-season on-track team activity but the re-introduction of Open Tests before selected races. Provisions have been made in the rulebook for potential Firestone tire tests, new Verizon IndyCar Series teams and first-year drivers. The regulations apply from Aug. 31 through Sept. 20, 2015. A team is permitted a total of 14 test days, comprised of engine manufacturer tests, team tests, Open Tests and full-size wind tunnel tests. Full-season entrants are allocated a maximum of 10,000 total miles for use in all on-track activity from the first race or Open Test of 2015 to the end of the race season. “The reason for changing the testing regulations is about trying to contain the costs and fit into our new schedule,” INDYCAR president of competition Derrick Walker said. “Competition drives teams to test as much as they can because they’re trying to win races, but combined with the schedule it’s hard on the team members. “Now we’re making provisions for race events to have promoter day tests, where the cars will be on the track and hopefully the promoter sees that as an opportunity to open up the stands for fans and sell race tickets.” The first Open Test is scheduled for March 16-17, 2015, at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. It will be the initial opportunity for teams to test manufacturer road and street course aero kits to debut at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 27-29. Other Open Test venues include the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Sonoma Raceway. Open Test days were incorporated in the 2013 testing regulations. “Barber has a lot of fast, sweeping corners – areas where you’ll really see the aero kits perform,” Walker said. “The teams already have data and familiarity with Barber and Firestone has great tires for that circuit. The teams can compare and relate to what they’ve done in the past while getting a handle on the aero kit.” The 2014-15 offseason on-track testing period opens Sept. 16. Six days of manufacturer aero kit testing with selected teams will be conducted from Oct. 6 to Jan. 18, 2015. Teams take delivery of the road and street course aero kit March 1. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_1459" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA[/caption]

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  • Live from Trackside - Grand Prix of Sonoma
    Aug 24

    Live from Trackside - Grand Prix of Sonoma

    Sunday, August 24 4:45 p.m. It's frustrating the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet finished the race this way here in Sonoma. We'll look at the fuel system and figure it out. Overall, the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team did a great job. Big congratulations to Scott Dixon and the No. 9 Target team for getting the win here at Sonoma Raceway! We have the opportunity with a 500-mile race at Auto Club Speedway next week to finish out the year with a win. It's double the points, double the importance. We ran really well there last year, and I can't wait to take the Team Chevy power around that 2-mile oval this year. [caption id="attachment_1451" align="aligncenter" width="569"] On the grid.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1452" align="aligncenter" width="320"]"Drivers, to your cars!" "Drivers, to your cars!"[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1453" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Second pit stop of the day. Second pit stop of the day.[/caption] 12:10 p.m. As a whole,we were pleased with our warm-up session earlier today. We made a couple of adjustments late in the session that put us a bit higher on the lap chart, and were able to gauge how the track could feel for the race. We'll start on primary tires, see how the strategies are playing out, and go from there! And the best news of the day? My friends from Novo Nordisk made it to the track safely... after quite an interesting morning in Napa. Glad they are OK and were able to come out to the race. [caption id="attachment_1447" align="aligncenter" width="439"]Brad is a bit giddy about race day... Brad is a bit giddy about race day...[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1448" align="aligncenter" width="626"]Awesome views! Awesome views![/caption] 9:10 a.m. Good morning... it's race day! We had quite a night in Sonoma. We were woken up in the middle of the night with the hotel walls swaying and shaking a bit. Turns out, there was an 6.0-magnitude earthquake here in Northern California. It sounds like the worst hit area was Napa, but thankfully there aren't any major injuries reported. There wasn't any damage to Sonoma Raceway and roads were clear, so the race is on as planned! I'm headed out to warm-up at 10, then it's a pre-race engineering and strategy session, lunch and driver intros before the green flag. Tune in to NBC Sports Network at 4 p.m. Eastern for the live broadcast! Thanks for the support. Saturday, August 23 7:20 p.m. Overall, it was a pretty good qualifying run for the No. 83 NovoLogFlexPen Chevrolet and crew. It was nice to have all four Chip Ganassi Racing cars in the top-12 for the first time this year on a road/street circuit. We're pretty happy with the car heading into tomorrow's race. The race car's pretty solid; we'll make it even better overnight. Eleventh isn't exactly where we wanted to start, having made it into the top-12. Unfortunately I made a small mistake on my lap and that tenth would have transferred us. But, we made some progress and we're looking strong for tomorrow's race. [caption id="attachment_1431" align="aligncenter" width="427"]Ready for qualifying. Ready for qualifying.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1433" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Change of tires during round 1. Change of tires during round 1.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1434" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Focused and ready to go for round 2. Focused and ready to go for round 2.[/caption] 3:45 p.m. We had two pretty good sessions today. The track conditions definitely changed in the time between the first and the second practice--the air temperature, the amount of rubber on the track, the wind speed. But we were able to make a lot of improvements throughout and I think we're in really good shape for qualifying at 4:30. Tune in at 7:30 p.m. Eastern on NBC Sports Network for live coverage! [caption id="attachment_1425" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Pre-practice 1 Pre-practice 1[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1426" align="aligncenter" width="626"]Changes during practice 1. Changes during practice 1.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1428" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Practice 2. Practice 2.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1429" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Changes during practice 2. Changes during practice 2.[/caption] 8:15 a.m. Good morning! It's a beautiful (if not a bit foggy) morning here at Sonoma Raceway. I'm about to head to the drivers' meeting before we get on track at 10. Yesterday's visit to Facebook was really cool. We learned a lot about their new app for Fan Pages and got to give them some feedback too. More on that soon! The day was capped off by a nice dinner with friends and family who are coming out to the track for the weekend. Also, a quick congrats to my friend (and fellow type 1!) Gage, who just won his football game 44-0 with his team, during the opening night of the Sollenberger Classic last night in Las Vegas! Awesome work, Gage! Keep it up--we'll be rooting for you! Friday, August 22 9:30 a.m. It's hard to believe we only have two more races this season, but it's two more opportunities to score a win this year and I think the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team is ready for it. Heading into Sonoma, we have recent testing data to use to prep for another good qualifying stint and 85 laps on Sunday. It's a challenging track--one where you don't always know what to expect with the elevation changes and turns--but a ton of fun. The No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet will be strong as soon as we unload at Sonoma Raceway, and the crew is always quick in pit lane. I'm looking forward to being back here on the West Coast this weekend and next! This afternoon I'm headed to Facebook headquarters for a tour with IndyCar. They're doing some cool things for our driver fan pages... stay tuned! Until then, it's time to get to work with my engineers at the track. Here's a race weekend schedule for you (all times Pacific): Saturday 10-10:45 a.m. Practice 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Autograph session (in the INDYCAR Fan Village) 1:15-2 p.m. Practice 4:35-5:45 p.m. Qualifying (live on NBC Sports Network at 4:30 p.m.) Sunday 10-10:30 a.m. Warm-up 1 p.m. GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma race (live on NBC Sports Network) As always, you can find live timing and scoring for all sessions (as well as live video during practices) via INDYCAR Race Control. Follow my Pit Lane Reporter (PLR) on Twitter @racewithinsulin for updates while I'm on track! [caption id="attachment_1414" align="aligncenter" width="626"]Photo via INDYCAR Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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Yes, you may have heard I had quite a big weekend... thanks to our friends and family who came out to enjoy a perfect day with us in Indianapolis! Now I'm off to spend some time with my beautiful bride!

16 hours ago

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A lunchtime-approved #TBT #ThrowbackThursday pic from May 2012, on the timing stand with Dad and engineer Brad at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway!

6 days ago

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Did you know... there's a lot going on inside the cockpit of a Verizon Wireless IndyCar Series car! Learn about everything from fuel maps to the drink tube via the link below.

7 days ago

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Charlie Kimball

Spending the day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a commercial shoot... A bit chilly but can't beat a day at the track!

9 days ago

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Charlie Kimball

Here's some Friday fun as we head into the weekend... CAPTION THIS photo from the 2014 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach!

12 days ago

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Charlie Kimball

Big news for the 2015 Verizon Wireless IndyCar Series calendar: we're headed back to Brazil next season!

13 days ago

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Charlie Kimball

An interesting look inside the new technologies for Verizon Wireless IndyCar Series Race Control and IndyCar Holmatro Safety Team. Just one aspect that helps make up the best safety crew around!

15 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Happy Monday, everyone! I had a great weekend away with friends but I'm ready to get down to business... headed to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday for meetings on Capitol Hill with Novo Nordisk, then down to Miami for hospital appearances as well as the Miami Family Event (Friday, 7-8:30 pm). What are your plans this week?

16 days ago

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Charlie Kimball

Cool IndyCar Series stats from Verizon Wireless. Did you know... the frame of my No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Teams car is half as heavy as your street car?! But, our Team Chevy engine is 4 times as powerful! https://www.verizonwireless.com/insiders-guide/sports-and-wellness/indytech-101/

21 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Back home again... in Indiana! I had a fantastic trip to Kuala Lumpur for the Novo Nordisk Global Diabetes Summit and met some really inspiring, hard-working people. But, it's sure good to be home! Back to PitFit Training and work with Chip Ganassi Racing Teams this week.

22 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Heading to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia today for a presentation with Novo Nordisk! Here's a #TBT #ThrowbackThursday photo from 2008, racing in Malaysia with Team USA in A1GP!

27 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Miss the 2014 season finale? Or want to watch it again? You're in luck--tune in to NBC Sports Network tonight at 8 p.m. ET for the MAVTV 500 and Championship Celebration!

29 days ago

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