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  • Foyt, Kimball eager for IndyCar reset
    Jan 24

    Foyt, Kimball eager for IndyCar reset

    Via: Racer.com By: Robin Miller  If Charlie Kimball seems an unlikely choice to try and kick start A.J. Foyt’s racing team, then consider the following: the son of famous engineer Gordon is technically savvy, he always runs well at the boss’ favorite track and he brings a very good and loyal sponsor. As forecast a few weeks ago by RACER.com, Kimball was officially introduced Wednesday as the full-time driver of Foyt’s No. 4 car for the 2020 NTT IndyCar season. “It’s a bit of a reset for us coming off a tough year and Charlie is a technical driver who comes from a great engineering family and always gets around the Speedway well so his drive matched with his experience should really help the No. 4 car,” said team president Larry Foyt. “I think Charlie is a fighter on the racetrack and can help us find those two-tenths we were missing last year.” Returning to a full-time driving role has been the primary goal of Kimball’s off-season. Image by LAT Kimball was a part-timer last season for Carlin and scored a pair of top 10s in his seven appearances in addition to being the lone member of the three-car effort to qualify for the Indianapolis 500. But the 34-year-old Californian, who will have Novo Nordisk as his primary sponsor for six races, knows part-timers are always driving uphill. “I would not have survived another year on a partial schedule because it was really rough on me watching those races when I wasn’t in a car,” he said. “That consistency allows you to stay in rhythm but it always takes a moment or two to knock off that rust when you don’t drive every race. “The level of competition is so high that any drawback puts you behind. That’s why I’m excited to work hard and try and get back to where this team wants to be.” The 2019 season was a disaster for IndyCar’s oldest operation as Tony Kanaan finished 15th in the point standings and Matheus Leist was 19th. And longtime sponsor ABC Supply announced it would only be returning for the Indianapolis 500. Kanaan managed one podium at Gateway while Leist took fourth at the Indy GP. Despite increased hours in the wind tunnel and seven-post shaker rig to try and hone their damper program, Foyt Racing just couldn’t get things right on ovals or road racing. “IndyCar is so close, even when you feel like you’re on back foot, you’re not that far away,” continued Foyt, who has hired Mike Colliver and Mike Pawlowski to try and shore up the engineering department. “Once you get into season, it’s tough to dig yourself out of a hole if you head down the wrong path. “A lot of people talk about shock absorbers right now in IndyCar and that’s somewhere we did some pretty extensive testing last year, thinking it was the right direction. A lot of times we felt we showed well in our off-track testing and when we got to the track it seemed like that was the right way to go. But then as the track rubbered up, all of the sudden you’re not where you need to be. You thought you were in a good place and now you’re behind.” An example was the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where Kanaan was just as quick as polesitter Ed Carpenter and eventual winner Will Power in 2018 before getting a flat tire. “Other teams gained last May and we hadn’t,” reasoned Foyt. It’s no secret that Indy’s first-four-time winner and all-time winning driver only has eyes for 16th & Georgetown and that’s been Kimball’s best track in his 10-year career as he’s finished third, fifth, eighth and ninth. “With that Bow Tie on the engine over there is no reason we can’t be talking about qualifying in the top 12 or Fast 9 shootout — being a part of that hunt for the pole is definitely on my radar,” said Kimball, who for the 12th consecutive year will be sponsor by Novo Nordisk. Foyt said the line-up for the No. 14 car is still a work in progress, but RACER’s Marshall Pruett reported that Sebastien Bourdais will likely run the first four races while Kanaan takes all the ovals and rookie Dalton Kellett drives the final seven road/street shows.

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  • Charlie Kimball joins A.J. Foyt Racing as full-time driver for 2020 IndyCar season
    Jan 22

    Charlie Kimball joins A.J. Foyt Racing as full-time driver for 2020 IndyCar season

    Via IndyStar By: Nathan Brown

    INDIANAPOLIS – Charlie Kimball and A.J. Foyt Racing are taking a chance on each other, and that could make the newest full-time IndyCar driver-team pairing for the 2020 season a perfect fit.

    Both will find out soon enough.

    Wednesday morning, the open-wheel racing titan and his namesake team announced Kimball, the nine-year IndyCar veteran, as its full-season driver behind the Chevy-powered No. 4 car for the 17-race 2020 season.

    Coincidentally, both last reached victory lane back in 2013 – Foyt with Takuma Sato at Long Beach, and Kimball a couple months later at Mid-Ohio. In the seven years since, both have been on a long, winding road they hope will lead to consistency in 2020.

    “Culture, it starts at the top, and with A.J., he’s a racer’s racer. When you’re the first four-time winner of the Indy 500, that legacy is the core of the team and what the enterprise is built upon,” Kimball said. “We all want to be better, want to do better, want more out of our results, and the last couple years, I think everyone in the No. 4 and No. 14 programs would tell you they want more.

    “But since I’ve started working with the engineers, they want to be better, want to be faster, want to have better results, and I’ve been impressed with that motivation.”

    Plans for Foyt’s No. 14 car, which has been longtime veteran Tony Kanaan’s seat the past two seasons, are still in the works.

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  • Kimball building momentum after strong Portland showing
    Sep 3

    Kimball building momentum after strong Portland showing

    Via: Racer By:  | September 3, 2019 10:22 AM As Carlin Racing’s Charlie Kimball can attest, sometimes a 10th-place finish feels like a podium. The NTT IndyCar Series veteran was thrust into the No. 23 Chevy for the Portland Grand Prix, and in a result that’s typical of the Californian’s career, he turned a poor day of qualifying into something positive. Motoring from 23rd to 10th, Kimball produced Carlin’s top performance on Sunday which, under normal circumstances, wouldn’t be cause for celebration. However, 2019 has been anything but normal for Trevor Carlin’s outfit. As the British team nears the end of its sophomore season, it’s faced constant change in the cockpit as six drivers have rotated in an out of its seats, missed qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 with two of its three entries, lost Patricio O’Ward to the Japanese Super Formula series, had lead driver Max Chilton cut the remaining ovals from his calendar, and made a midseason engineering change on one of its cars.o

     To have Kimball making steady improvement late in the season, and Chilton, who ran in the top 10 late in the race until falling to 11th, showing well at Portland speaks to the resilience of the Carlin team and its drivers.
    “I’m just happy for these guys because all year they put so much effort in,” Kimball told RACER. “I see it when I’m not in the car almost as much or more than when I am behind the wheel because they’re one of the last ones to leave every day. They’re the first ones here every day. Qualifying was tough for us. Part of that was my not being on a road course since Sonoma last year. Part of that is just getting up to speed and getting going. Once we got there, we got up front. I made a couple of mistakes after the second restart, lost a few spots, but then, it was just metronomic. “It’s nice to really shake all the rust clear before we get down to Laguna for a double points race. Not that we’re in the points championship, but points are always good. It was honestly, it just came down to strategy, great pit stops, giving me the fuel number and me being able to hit it. Of course we want to be talking about podiums and wins, but we’re pleased with the progress we’ve been making. Such things do not happen overnight.” The nine-year IndyCar veteran will complete the season having contested seven of the 17 races on the schedule, and is actively working to make a full-time return in 2020. Longtime sponsor Novo Nordisk, and new energy optimization partner ripKurrent, could play significant roles in helping the 34-year-old achieve his goals as he explores business-to-business relationships in the paddock. “We’re working hard with our partners towards next year,” he said. “The ripKurrent guys had so much fun being with us at Gateway. They were so enthusiastic. The result, we were knocking on the door of the top 10. They just loved it. I think with their business model and some of the business opportunities within the IndyCar product, some of the big energy consumption people like Preferred Freezer on the Ed Carpenter cars, I recently went, ‘Oh, I should introduce those guys to them.’ “There’s just some big energy consumption brands within the sport. Maybe NTT Data and some of their server sites. I think the more I can give them a business reason to back up their enthusiasm, they’re already talking about what next year looks like. Novo Nordisk is talking about next year. Carlin talked about next year. Honestly, at Portland, I was just focused on trying to find my feet again, but beyond that, it’s working to create the best [2020] season possible for myself and my sponsors.”

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  • Indianapolis 500 Driver Charlie Kimball Races With Type 1 Diabetes
    May 21

    Indianapolis 500 Driver Charlie Kimball Races With Type 1 Diabetes

    Via: Forbes

    Racing driver Charlie Kimball has qualified for the 2019 Indianapolis 500, which will be run on Sunday, May 26. He’ll be starting in Row Seven, with a four-lap qualifying speed average of 227.915 mph. But that might not be the most impressive fact about Charlie Kimball’s racing career. Charlie Kimball races with a disability – type 1 diabetes, a condition that he must monitor daily. Kimball is the first licensed IndyCar driver with type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin, the hormone needed to allow glucose to enter cells to produce energy. Type 1 diabetes currently has no cure. It is treated by managing blood sugar levels with insulin, diet and lifestyle. It usually appears during childhood or adolescence, and was once known as “juvenile diabetes.” Kimball was diagnosed with the condition when he was 22, a little later than normal, and has been working with his doctors and trainers since 2007 to maintain his health and fitness. “I got back into a race car three months after my diagnosis,” Kimball said during a phone interview. “My first race after diagnosis was six months later, and I finished second.”
      Kimball has developed systems to manage his blood sugar levels during races. “I use a continuous glucose monitor that is connected to my car’s dash, so all my data is in one place,” he said. Tire pressure, gas and glucose levels all show up on his car’s monitors. He also has a special hydration system. “Most race car drivers use a water bottle to keep them hydrated during races, which can last three plus hours. I have two water bottles, one with regular water, the other with orange juice with added sugar.” Kimball’s father’s expertise came in handy. “I worked with my dad, who is a mechanical engineer, to create a special valve for these two bottles, and we 3D printed it,” he said. “It connects to my seat belt, and with a flick of a switch, I can adjust my glucose level depending on which water bottle I select.”
    Kimball uses Tresiba and Fiasp insulins, products from one of his racing sponsors, Novo Nordisk. “We’ve been working together on the Race With Insulin program for a total of 11 race seasons,” he said. “I spent two years representing them for Indy Lights, and this is our ninth season in IndyCar. It’s great to be able to represent the diabetes community on the racetrack, and to inspire people to do anything they want to do in life.” Kimball maintains a rigorous training schedule to maintain his physical and mental fitness for racing. “I work with a gym called PitFit Training in Indianapolis,” he said. “They train race car drivers almost exclusively. The biggest change in my fitness regimen since my diagnosis is how I prepare for a workout, as various workouts affect my blood sugar differently.”
    He works with an exercise physiologist, David Ferguson from the Department of Kinesiology at Michigan State University. “We’ve been working together for 10 years,” said Kimball. “He examines physiological data and blood sugar data from my racecar, and has narrowed down the ideal blood glucose level for me to get into the racecar.” In addition, Kimball works on his reaction-based timing, as IndyCar drivers must deal with events that occur at 200-plus mph as they navigate the traffic on the track. Away from the track, Kimball’s diabetes still must be managed every day. He relies on his wife, Kathleen, who is very tuned in to his condition. “She can just look at me and tell if my blood sugar is low,” he said. The family also has a secret weapon – Lilah, the Labrador retriever. “When we first adopted her, she was looking for jobs to do – barking at anyone who came to the door, or rearranging our garden,” he said. “Really, we think she was just bored, so we enrolled her in school – and that’s when we discovered that she could be trained as a diabetic alert dog.” Now, Lilah is part of Kimball’s diabetes management toolkit. “If my blood sugar is getting low, she comes up and pokes me in the leg with her nose,” he said. “She is also trained to alert my wife if I’m not responsive. As a black Lab, she’s very food-motivated. And she knows if she accurately alerts me to low blood sugar, she gets a really good treat.” Kimball became the first driver with diabetes to win an IndyCar race when he took the checkered flag in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio in August 2013. In that same year, he won his first Rolex 24 at Daytona, driving for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates with teammates Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Juan Pablo Montoya. His best finish to date in the Indianapolis 500 came in 2015, when he finished third. Look for Charlie Kimball in Sunday’s race in the Number 23 Fiasp Carlin Chevrolet, starting in the middle of Row Seven.    

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  • Speedy awards: 'Excuse me, coming through' net positions gained
    Nov 5

    Speedy awards: 'Excuse me, coming through' net positions gained

    Via IndyCar.com At the end of September, the Verizon IndyCar Series handed out its season awards at its Victory Lap event in Indianapolis. But IndyCar.com isn’t finished distributing the special, hard-earned honors we're calling the Speedy Awards. We've been diving deep into the analytics of the 2018 season to find the driver who had the best year according to the loads of data gathered by INDYCAR's elaborate timing and scoring computers at every event. Analysis of raw loop data helps us decide the winners of several awards. The driver with the most Speedy Awards at the end of this series will be crowned the Speedy "Driver of the Year." To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_5086" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA[/caption]

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  • The Kimball row of three is complete!
    Oct 19

    The Kimball row of three is complete!

    Charlie and Kathleen Kimball are pleased to announce the birth of their first child, Hannah Kimball. Visit Facebook to see more photos and write a note to the new family of three. [caption id="attachment_5081" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of Nathaniel Edmunds Photography[/caption]

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  • What do a former Victoria's Secret model and an Indy racer have in common?
    Oct 11

    What do a former Victoria's Secret model and an Indy racer have in common?

    Via Mashable Modeling, racing, and coding. What do they have in common? Well, 4-H is a community trying to get kids excited about coding by teaching them how to animate their own names, with the help of prominent figures. We went to check out their National Youth Science Day event to see how they are inspiring kids to shape their future with some lines of code. To watch the video, please click here.

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  • Drivers are showmen even when cooking for charity
    Oct 11

    Drivers are showmen even when cooking for charity

    Via IndyCar.com It was on the hibachi grill earlier this week that I learned how it felt to run a re-start in the Indianapolis 500. There I was, focused on the task of the spatula in my hand when I saw the shrimp in my peripheral vision. There, on my outside, in a sliver of space barely fit for a chopstick, appeared Alexander Rossi, turning my grill’s vegetarian delicacy into a crustacean cuisine. To read more, please click here [caption id="attachment_5071" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • Lessons learned at 230 mph
    Sep 27

    Lessons learned at 230 mph

    Via RudyProjectNA.com Notes from the track: IndyCar racer Charlie Kimball reflects on his 8th season. CK: The IndyCar Series wrapped up its 2018 season in Sonoma which means I’m swapping my firesuit at the track for a business suit at sponsor meetings, and trading my racing helmet for a Rudy Project Racemaster on weekends. It’s also a good time to look back and take stock of the ups and downs of our 2,261 laps throughout the year. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_5067" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of Chris Bucher Photography[/caption]

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  • Live from the INDYCAR Grand Prix of Sonoma
    Sep 16

    Live from the INDYCAR Grand Prix of Sonoma

    SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 RESULTS Race: P22 RACE STATS Finishing position: 22nd Starting position: 24th Pit stops: 4 Average speed: 87.901 mph Cautions: 1 for 5 laps total Lead changes: 5 among 3 drivers Race passes: 188 total; 148 for position Championship standing: 17th DEBRIEF "It’s too bad we had a mechanical problem today. I can’t complain about the preparation of the No. 23 Novo Nordisk Chevrolet from the team, the mechanical issue was just out of their control. All year the team has done an incredible job, even today our pit stops were on point. It was a hard day out there today. I think we’re still missing something in the grip and platform window, but now we at least have a year’s worth of data to learn from and be even better next season. A huge thanks to the whole Carlin team, Novo Nordisk, and everyone who supported us this season." VIEWS [caption id="attachment_5060" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA[/caption] Click here for more photos, courtesy of LAT Photo USA. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 RESULTS Practice 3: P13, 1:18.787 Qualifying: P24, 1:18.8495 DEBRIEF "We really struggled with grip during qualifying on the Firestone alternates, so we'll evaluate that for tomorrow. The race will be a very different beast, considering the track grip and tire degradation. With 85 laps, trying to make the fuel mileage for the whole race will be quite interesting. The engineers will figure out what we need for the No. 23 Novo Nordisk Chevrolet car's setup tomorrow and we'll go racing." VIEWS [caption id="attachment_5054" align="aligncenter" width="626"]Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA[/caption] Click here for more photos, courtesy of LAT Photo USA. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 RESULTS Practice 1: P18, 1:18.9638 Practice 2: P22, 1:19.0498 DEBRIEF "Obviously the finishing position isn’t what we want from today, but at the same time we learned a lot about what the No. 23 Novo Nordisk Chevrolet needs on the Firestone alternates, which will matter in qualifying tomorrow. The weather is supposed to be a little bit cooler tomorrow, maybe more like it was this morning, which bodes well for us after being a little more competitive in the first practice. We’ll look at all the data and be ready to go for practice tomorrow morning and figure out what we need to do on the alternates tomorrow afternoon." VIEWS IMG_1864

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  • The Kimball Kitchen
    Sep 13

    The Kimball Kitchen

    Via Edible Indy An inside look at IndyCar driver Charlie Kimball’s love of food Watching IndyCar driver Charlie Kimball carefully slice an avocado, it’s hard to imagine this is the same guy who’s built a career zipping around race tracks throughout the world at more than 200 miles per hour. Then again, there are a lot of things that might not be immediately apparent when you first meet the 33-year-old from Ventura County, California. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_5078" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of Chris Bucher Photographs[/caption]

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  • Tune in: INDYCAR Grand Prix of Sonoma
    Sep 11

    Tune in: INDYCAR Grand Prix of Sonoma

    WATCH All times local/Pacific Live timing and scoring available for all sessions via INDYCAR Race Control Radio: INDYCAR Radio Network, Sirius 212, XM 209 Friday, September 14 11 - 11:45 a.m. Verizon IndyCar Series practice (live stream; delayed broadcast on NBC Sports Network at 1 p.m.) 3 - 4:20 p.m. Verizon IndyCar Series practice and pit stop practice (live on NBC Sports Network) Saturday, September 15 11 - 11:45 a.m. Verizon IndyCar Series practice (live stream) 3 - 4:15 p.m. Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying (live stream; delayed broadcast on NBC Sports Network at 5 p.m.) Sunday, September 16 3:30 p.m. Race broadcast begins on NBC Sports Network 3:40 p.m. Green flag for the INDYCAR Grand Prix of Sonoma (live on NBC Sports Network) FOLLOW • Twitter: @RaceSonoma @IndyCar @CharlieKimball @RaceWithInsulin @CarlinRacing #SonomaGP #IndyCar • Live timing & scoring: INDYCAR Race Control • Mobile app: INDYCAR Mobile by Verizon for Apple and Android • Race weekend appearances RACE STATS • Track: 2.385-mile permanent road course • Race distance: 85 laps / 202.7 miles • Firestone tire allotment: Seven sets primary, four sets alternate; teams must use one set of primary and one new set of alternate tires in the race • Push-to-pass: 150 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 15 seconds per activation • Qualifying format: Three knockout rounds with Firestone Fast Six • Entry list • Spotter guide • Pit lane assignments • Track map • Past driver performance • Race weekend weather forecast IN CK'S WORDS "It’s been such a whirlwind year for the Carlin team… from our first tests in the winter, to qualifying for the Indianapolis 500, a top-five finish, and all of the ups and downs in between. Going into this season, there were so many unknowns. But I knew Carlin had the right people with the right work ethic who would do everything possible to make every weekend a success. Sometimes success looked like a top-five finish, and sometimes it was just evaluating and learning after a tough race. But as we go into the finale at Sonoma Raceway, I know this entire team has grown leaps and bounds since our first laps in St. Pete. I’m looking forward to finishing out the season on a strong note for the No. 23 Novo Nordisk Chevrolet team." [caption id="attachment_5046" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of INDYCAR[/caption]

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