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  • Live from the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma
    Sep 17

    Live from the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma

    SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 RESULTS Warmup: P22, 1:19.9086 Race: P11 RACE STATS Finishing position: 11th Starting position: 15th Pit stops: 4 Average speed: 103.759 mph Cautions: 0 Lead changes: 6 among 3 drivers Championship standing: 17th IN CK'S WORDS "I think as predicted by a lot of people, today’s race was a lot about tire fall-off. We fought rear grip and traction for most of the day, especially after about four or five laps in a stint. Overall I’m proud of the guys on the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team. They didn’t give up today and they haven’t given up all year. They kept their chins up and kept pushing as hard as they could. I think the 83 crew doesn’t know the definition of giving up. I’m not sure what the future holds, but I’m appreciative of everyone at Chip Ganassi Racing for the last seven years. I’ll relax tonight and get back to work on next season tomorrow." FROM PIT LANE Click here for more photos, courtesy of LAT Photo USA and INDYCAR. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 RESULTS Practice 3: 1:17.1271 Qualifying: P15, 1:17.1417 IN CK'S WORDS "We made some changes that were in the wrong direction today for qualifying. We’ll definitely have to unwind some of those tomorrow for the warmup session and the race. Scott made it through to the top six, so that’s good for Chip Ganassi Racing. We’ll look at what he was able to do in qualifying and try to learn from his data. I just wasn’t able to get the lap time I needed out of the Tresiba Honda today. It’s always tough when you know you want to be going quicker than the lap times you’re doing, but we’ll figure it out and be ready for tomorrow." FROM PIT LANE IMG_0902 Click here for more photos, courtesy of LAT Photo USA and INDYCAR. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 RESULTS Practice 1: P17, 1:17.4384 Practice 2: P13, 1:17.0106 IN CK'S WORDS "I feel like we made some progress this afternoon and were a little more competitive than we had been. We’re still not where we want to be at all. I think as a team we’re looking for some grip, but overall it was nice to make some progress this afternoon. The conditions in the second practice were more relevant for qualifying and the race Sunday afternoon. We’ll go back and look at the data from today, especially from the 9 car – I believe he was a few tenths up the road. We’ll look at all of the data from all of the cars and see what we can learn. I think we have a good concept and a direction for tomorrow morning." FROM PIT LANE IMG_0898Click here for more photos, courtesy of INDYCAR.

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  • Charlie Kimball's post-Sonoma adventure a national park enthusiast's dream
    Sep 15

    Charlie Kimball's post-Sonoma adventure a national park enthusiast's dream

    Via IndyStar.com and USAToday.com As he walks around his practically new, nearly 40-foot long Montana RV, IndyCar driver Charlie Kimball is like a kid at show-and-tell, bubbling with excitement to share the nifty features of his new toy. A self-professed dork, he lights up as he describes the gadgets and amenities of the RV: the all-too-convenient vacuum built into a counter, the beautiful fire place and the creme de la creme: the flat-screen TV he can summon from beneath a countertop with the click of a button. It even has a small kitchen where Kimball's wife, Kathleen, used the propane-powered oven to bake a three-layer wedding cake for Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Max Chilton and, his wife, Chloe. To read more and watch the video, please click here.

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  • Tune in: GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma
    Sep 12

    Tune in: GoPro 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 Thursday, September 14 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Verizon IndyCar Series open test session > Timing (no live stream available) 2-6 p.m. Verizon IndyCar Series open test session > Timing (no live stream available) Friday, September 15 10-10:45 a.m. Verizon IndyCar Series practice > Live stream 2:15-3:20 p.m. Verizon IndyCar Series practice and pit stop practice > Live broadcast on NBC Sports Network at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 16 11-11:45 a.m. Verizon IndyCar Series practice > Live stream 3:30-4:45 p.m. Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying > Live broadcast on NBC Sports Network Sunday, September 17 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Verizon IndyCar Series practice > Live stream 3:30 p.m. Race broadcast begins on NBC Sports Network 3:43 p.m. Green flag for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma (85 laps) FOLLOW > Twitter: @RaceSonoma @IndyCar @CharlieKimball @RaceWithInsulin #GoProGP #IndyCar > Live timing & scoring: INDYCAR Race Control > Mobile app: INDYCAR Mobile by Verizon 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 > Qualifying record: 1:16.2530, 112.599 mph (2016) > Entry listPit lane assignmentsSpotter guideTrack mapPast driver performanceRace weekend weather forecast IN CK'S WORDS "I’m looking forward to going back to the 'Best Coast' for the season finale at Sonoma Raceway. The track has been good to me in the past, so hopefully we can finish out the year on a high note. If I had to give one word to describe the 2017 season for the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team, it’d be resilient. Through the ups and downs, the whole team has never settled and kept fighting back. Sonoma Raceway always presents unique challenges for us drivers, with a lot of elevation changes and a good mix of both flowing and sharp corners. We’ll see what it has in store for us this year and be ready at the green flag!" [caption id="attachment_4333" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA[/caption]

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  • Teammates Chilton, Kimball battle to top-10 finishes at The Glen
    Sep 5

    Teammates Chilton, Kimball battle to top-10 finishes at The Glen

    Via IndyCar.com An adventurous day ended with a pair of top-10 finishes for Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Max Chilton and Charlie Kimball in the INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen. Chilton said Sunday’s race had a familiar feel to last year, when he finished 10th at Watkins Glen International as a rookie. This time, the varying downforce levels in car setups, with some teams expecting rain, allowed for Chilton to take advantage as his No. 8 Gallagher Honda gained the most positions of anyone in the field to finish eighth. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_4354" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA[/caption]

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  • Live from the INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen
    Sep 3

    Live from the INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen

    SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 RESULTS Warmup: P21, 1:50.9018 Race: P7 IN CK'S WORDS "I’m really proud of the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing crew for what they’ve done this weekend. All the way from the problem in the first practice to qualifying in the top five and then battling back all day today. We didn’t have the best restarts today and part of that is on me and part of it was being light on downforce. I’m proud of the guys, but I think they deserved more. The car was probably a little better than seventh – I think we could’ve been in the top five. I just raced a couple of guys harder than I needed to at that point of the race and with 10 laps to go I was just about out of push-to-pass. That made it a little harder to make up spots at the end, but like I said these guys never gave up and I’m just really proud of them." RACE STATS Finishing position: 7th Starting position: 5th Pit stops: 4 Average speed: 118.552 mph Cautions: 4 for 9 laps total Lead changes: 8 among 6 drivers Championship standing: 17th FROM PIT LANE Click here to view more photos, courtesy of LAT Photo USA and INDYCAR. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 RESULTS Practice 3: P10, 1:23.4600 Qualifying: P5, 1:22.8081 IN CK'S WORDS "We had some electrical issues with the engine yesterday that put us a little behind in terms of getting up to speed out there, so I think it says a lot that we were able to come back out today and qualify in the top six. The Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing guys did a great job getting the No. 83 fixed before final practice yesterday and then gave me a really good car to go out and qualify today. I’m definitely happy with our run. I think anytime you can finish within a few tenths of a second of Scott Dixon at Watkins Glen, you know you’re doing well. I have a lot of faith in our race car and hopefully we can move forward in the field like we did last year when we came from 14th to sixth and get our first win of the season." FROM PIT LANE IMG_0854 Click here to view more photos, courtesy of LAT Photo USA and INDYCAR. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 RESULTS Practice 1: P21, 6:44.2572 [Note: the No. 83 car experienced an engine electrical issue and made an engine change during practice 1, ahead of the scheduled change after practice 2] Practice 2: P7, 1:23.3871 IN CK'S WORDS "This afternoon was a nice recovery after the morning session. We had an electrical issue that kept us from running during practice one, but the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing guys did a great job getting it all fixed up and tuned up. We were able to get a few good laps in this afternoon. I’m pretty happy to be inside the top-10, but obviously tomorrow we’ll be aiming higher for the Firestone Fast Six. We need to make the car a little bit better, handling-wise and setup-wise, but I think we’ve got a good direction heading into tomorrow’s sessions." FROM PIT LANE IMG_0852

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  • Kimball buoyed by first Fast Six performance
    Sep 2

    Kimball buoyed by first Fast Six performance

    Via RACER.com Only one driver within the four-car Chip Ganassi Racing operation was happy after qualifying. Team leader Scott Dixon was disappointed to miss out on pole position by 0.0529s, Tony Kanaan wasn't pleased to qualify 17th, and Max Chilton was convinced his car has an undiagnosed problem after earning 19th on the grid, leaving Charlie Kimball as the only CGR pilot smiling at the checkered flag. Kimball, cracking the Firestone Fast Six for the first time this year, was beaming after securing fifth, directly behind Andretti Autosport's Takuma Sato and more than a half-second faster than Team Penske's Helio Castroneves in sixth. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_4344" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA[/caption]

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  • AJ Foyt Racing, INDYCAR join to assist hurricane flood victims
    Aug 31

    AJ Foyt Racing, INDYCAR join to assist hurricane flood victims

    Via IndyCar.com A.J. Foyt has a lifelong tie to the Houston area, so it’s no wonder that his race team is partnering with INDYCAR to raise funds to assist those affected by the devastation caused from Hurricane Harvey. AJ Foyt Racing and INDYCAR announced today an initiative for fans to purchase a limited-edition run of “Race4Houston” T-shirts with all proceeds benefiting the Great Houston Community Foundation (ghcf.org). The GHCF, a 501(c)(3) charity, was established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner to accept tax-deductible flood relief donations for victims. T-shirts, priced at $28, are available to order online http://shop.ims.com/2017-race-4-houston-tee/. They will also be available in limited quantities at the official INDYCAR merchandise tent beginning Saturday at Watkins Glen International, site of this weekend’s INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen. To read more, please click here.

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  • Tune in: INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen
    Aug 29

    Tune in: INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen

    WATCH All times local/Eastern Live timing and scoring available for all sessions via INDYCAR Race Control Radio: INDYCAR Radio Network, Sirius 212, XM 209 Friday, September 1 10:15-11 a.m. Verizon IndyCar Series practice > Live stream 3:05-3:50 p.m. Verizon IndyCar Series practice > Live stream 3:55-4:10 p.m. Verizon IndyCar Series pit stop practice > Live stream Saturday, September 2 10:30-11:15 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 7 p.m. Sunday, September 3 9-9:30 a.m. Verizon IndyCar Series practice > Live stream 1 p.m. Race broadcast begins on NBC Sports Network 1:47 p.m. Green flag for the INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen (60 laps) FOLLOW > Twitter: @WGI @IndyCar @CharlieKimball @RaceWithInsulin #INDYCARGP #IndyCar > Live timing & scoring: INDYCAR Race Control > Mobile app: INDYCAR Mobile by Verizon Race weekend appearances RACE STATS > Track: 11-turn, 3.37-mile road course > Race distance: 60 laps / 202.2 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: 200 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 20 seconds per activation > Qualifying format: Three knockout rounds with Firestone Fast Six > Qualifying record: 1:22.5259, 147.008 mph (2016) > Entry listPit lane assignmentsSpotter guideTrack map > Past driver performanceRace weekend weather forecast IN CK'S WORDS "Even though this is only our second year back at The Glen, it has quickly become one of my favorite stops on the IndyCar circuit. After a couple of race weekends on ovals, we’ll be making the switch to the road course mindset, and knowing how much speed we had in the No. 83 car in Watkins Glen last year, we’ll be looking to top our sixth place finish. It was great to get a top-ten at Gateway, but that’s not why we’re here—we’re working hard to finish the season on the podium." [caption id="attachment_4315" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA[/caption]

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  • Live from the Bommarito Automotive Group 500
    Aug 25

    Live from the Bommarito Automotive Group 500

    SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 RESULTS Race: P7 RACE STATS Finishing position: 7th Starting position: 18th Positions gained: 11 (most improved of race) Pit stops: 4 Average speed: 139.391 mph Cautions: 5 for 43 laps total Lead changes: 11 among 6 drivers Championship standing: 17th IN CK'S WORDS "I’m just really proud of the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing guys. We didn’t get the chance to test here, but we learned from the 9 car’s test. We made the car better and better from first thing yesterday afternoon through qualifying, even though we didn’t get the qualifying result we wanted. Through the race tonight, the car was actually pretty good and we just kept making it better. It was just tough racing. With the package like it was, it was really hard to close up and pass anyone, especially into the first turn. We took advantage of some momentum shifts, like when guys didn’t get great restarts. I’m really happy to come away with a seventh place finish tonight, especially here when we knew it might be a little bit compromised." FROM PIT LANE Click here for more photos, courtesy of LAT Photo USA and INDYCAR. FRIDAY, AUGUST 25 RESULTS Practice 1: P18,180.786 mph Qualifying: P18, 182.137 mph Practice 2: P12, 182.042 mph IN CK'S WORDS "The track is just constantly changing, even from this afternoon's practice session to qualifying. With the new asphalt, the track is rubbering in almost every lap. The balance was pretty good on the No. 83 Tresiba Honda there in qualifying, so I was pretty happy with that. We just needed a little more speed that we couldn't find. We're right there with my teammate Tony (Kanaan), so we'll just see where we shake out." FROM PIT LANE IMG_0826Click here for more photos, courtesy of LAT Photo USA and INDYCAR.

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  • INDYCAR adds competition to Gateway pit stop practice
    Aug 25

    INDYCAR adds competition to Gateway pit stop practice

    Via IndyCar.com Verizon IndyCar Series teams will add a new element of competition to the race weekend at the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Valvoline on Saturday, with the introduction of a pit stop competition on race day at Gateway Motorsports Park. To allow crews time to perform simulated pit stops under race-like conditions, INDYCAR added pit stop practice sessions into the weekend schedule this season. For the first time, though, prizes will be awarded to the crew that performs the fastest pit stop during the session set for 8:15 p.m. ET Saturday at Gateway – just ahead of the 248-lap race on the 1.25-mile oval. “This will showcase the extraordinary work INDYCAR teams do on pit road,” said Jay Frye, INDYCAR president of competition and operations. “It also should be an exciting competition for the fans at Gateway Motorsports Park to watch during the 90 minutes leading up to Bommarito Automotive Group 500.” To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_4303" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA[/caption]

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  • Tune in: Bommarito Automotive Group 500
    Aug 22

    Tune in: Bommarito Automotive Group 500

    WATCH All times local/Central Live timing and scoring available for all sessions via INDYCAR Race Control Radio: INDYCAR Radio Network, Sirius 212, XM 209 Friday, August 25 4-5 p.m. Verizon IndyCar Series practice > Live stream 6:30-7:30 p.m. Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying > Live stream 9-10 p.m. Verizon IndyCar Series practice > Live stream Saturday, August 26 6:30 p.m. Delayed qualifying broadcast begins on NBC Sports Network 7:15 p.m. Verizon IndyCar Series pit stop practice > Live stream 8 p.m. Race broadcast begins on NBC Sports Network 8:45 p.m. Green flag for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 (248 laps) FOLLOW > Twitter: @GatewayMSP @IndyCar @CharlieKimball @RaceWithInsulin #Bommarito500 #IndyCar > Live timing & scoring: INDYCAR Race Control > Mobile app: INDYCAR Mobile by Verizon Race weekend appearances RACE STATS > Track: 1.25-mile oval > Race distance: 248 laps / 310 miles > Firestone tire allotment: Ten sets for use throughout the weekend > Qualifying format: Single car, cumulative time of two laps, one attempt per car > Qualifying record (one-lap): 187.963 mph (1997) > Entry listSpotter guidePit lane assignmentsTrack mapPast driver performanceRace weekend weather forecast IN CK'S WORDS "I’m excited to get to Gateway Motorsports Park this weekend for some short track racing. I had the opportunity to take a few laps on the new asphalt during a media event last month, and while I was driving a Honda pace car instead of my No. 83 Tresiba Honda IndyCar, I got a good sense that it’s so much smoother and will create some great racing under the lights on Saturday night. The pavement investment by the track and all of the excitement surrounding this new event on our schedule helps bring some momentum as we head toward the season finale. There will definitely be quite a few unknowns and challenges for the teams, with limited testing and turns 1 and 3 being so different." [caption id="attachment_4291" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • Live from the ABC Supply 500
    Aug 19

    Live from the ABC Supply 500

    SUNDAY, AUGUST 20 RESULTS Race: P16 RACE STATS Finishing position: 16th Starting position: 3rd Pit stops: 7 Average speed: 183.28 mph Cautions: 3 for 17 laps total Lead changes: 42 among 10 drivers Total race passes: 590 Championship standing: 17th IN CK'S WORDS "I’m really disappointed. I think the car had more in it than our results show. We had a mistake on that first pit stop but we recovered well from that, then got caught up in other people’s mess. That’s what happens when you run back there. At the end of the day, though, we didn’t have the car to keep moving forward. We were just kind of hanging out; the balance wasn’t there. It was really disappointing and frustrating, especially having so many friends from Novo Nordisk here today. Qualifying third, running that first stint in fourth, a great restart in the middle of the race… all of it makes this result that much harder to swallow." FROM PIT LANE Click here to view more photos, courtesy of LAT Photo USA and INDYCAR. SATURDAY, AUGUST 19 RESULTS Practice 1: P13, 217.05 mph Qualifying: P3, 219.369 mph (2-lap average) Practice 3: P18, 213. 916 mph IN CK'S WORDS "I honestly didn't expect our run to be that good. I'm really proud of that effort from the whole crew. Everyone from Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing really put their heads down between practice and qualifying and made some pretty significant changes that put us right there in the window. Having watched the 10 car run before us I knew the speed was there, we just had to go out and get it. Honestly I'm relieved with how much better the car was and I'm just really proud of my guys." FROM PIT LANE IMG_0814

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