Home

  • Read MoreRead More

    Kimball, Sato earn Top-5s after starting deep in field for Toronto Race 2

    Via MotorSportsTalk

  • Read MoreRead More

    Live from Trackside - Toronto

    Click for race weekend updates!

  • Read MoreRead More

    Charlie Kimball won’t be slowed by diabetes

    Via Toronto Star

  • Read MoreRead More

    Life off the track for an Indycar driver

    Via Sportsnet

  • Read MoreRead More

    Indy driver Charlie Kimball tells kids with diabetes to follow their dreams

    Via Daily Herald

  • Read MoreRead More

    Did you know...

    Learn more about CK off the race track!

  • Welcome to CharlieKimball.com

    Welcome to the new CharlieKimball.com ... Sign up for race email updates to follow along all season!

Sign up for Race Updates

What's New

  • Did You Know . . .
    Jul 22

    Did You Know . . .

    Did you now... I love being outdoors! As a SoCal boy, I suppose that might not come as a huge surprise to some of you. I can't get enough of anything that gets me outside, from surfing, snowboarding or mountain biking to just hanging out on the lake or playing wiffle ball with the neighborhood kids. One of my favorite recent trips was a visit to the Grand Canyon with my dad. It's also great to take my Axis Wake A24 out for some quality time on the wake board, when we're not racing. I'm headed to the lake for a long weekend of fun with friends. You can bet that I'll be soaking in every minute of the sunshine! What are your favorite outdoor activities? Click here for more Did You Know... fun facts!

    Read More
  • Kimball, Sato earn Top-5s after starting deep in field for Toronto Race 2
    Jul 20

    Kimball, Sato earn Top-5s after starting deep in field for Toronto Race 2

    Via MotorSportsTalk July 20, 2014 With today’s same-day doubleheader of 65-lap races at the Honda Indy Toronto, the grid for Race 2 was set on entrant points following Race 1. That meant Charlie Kimball and Takuma Sato would have to try and make their way up front from deep in the field. Kimball started Race 2 in 16th place, while Sato started from 22nd. But both drivers were able to put on good drives and come away with Top-5 finishes – fourth for Kimball and fifth for Sato. As the track started to dry out from mid-race showers, Kimball noted that things got a bit more difficult for him. “The problem with a drying track like that is there’s such a narrow line, and the car had been really good all day – we were making our way through and holding our own in the rain,” he said to NBCSN. “Then as it dried out – we like to go slicks early but we kind of waited and then we caught that yellow [at Lap 44], followed every one in, followed every one out, and picked our way through the guys on wet [tires]. But I just couldn’t get past the 12 car [Will Power] at the end for the podium.” The result is still his fourth Top-5 finish of 2014, however, and it gives him confidence heading into the next race in two weeks’ time at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, where he earned his first IndyCar win last summer. “At one point, I thought, ‘It’s going to be a pretty good day for Chip here’ with third, fourth, fifth and sixth, all in a train in the wet conditions,” Kimball mused. “But it didn’t work out that way. We’ll reload, refocus, go testing, and go to Mid-Ohio. “I’m looking forward to it for obvious reasons.” Click here to read more. [caption id="attachment_1257" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

    Read More
  • Live from Trackside - Toronto
    Jul 20

    Live from Trackside - Toronto

    Sunday, July 20 6:30 p.m.  When it really mattered there at the end, the No. 83 Levemir® FlexTouch® Chevrolet was quick. I have to give a huge amount of credit to the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing crew – they just always seem to get it right with the strategy. It was really nice to see a couple of Chip Ganassi cars up there in front and at one point it looked even better when we were all running third through sixth. It was tough conditions with the rain and concrete patches on the track, but we were able to push through all of the elements and make some passes at the right times. I’ll take the fourth place, especially heading into Mid-Ohio. Thanks again to the fans who stuck it out with us... glad we were able to put on two good shows today! [caption id="attachment_1253" align="aligncenter" width="427"] Team pow-wow before race 2.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1254" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Ready to pit! Ready to pit![/caption] 2:30 p.m. What a day so far! And we still have one more race to go. We're pretty happy with how the first race finished. We picked our way through, made the fuel mileage number we needed to, and made some good on-track passes. The Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing guys were awesome for pit stops, so we made up time there too. Not only did we advance 11 spots during race 1, but it was an all-Chevy podium with six Chevys in the top-10! The No. 83 Levemir® FlexTouch® Chevrolet is ready for race 2. We'll work to make it a little better and hope to improve a few spots during the race this afternoon. Tune in to NBC Sports Network at 3 p.m. Eastern for more IndyCar action! [caption id="attachment_1251" align="aligncenter" width="320"]Pre-race 1, Sunday edition Pre-race 1, Sunday edition[/caption] Saturday, July 19 7:20 p.m. Well that was... interesting. We started getting some precipitation not too long after qualifying this morning and unfortunately it never let up. Normally we would race on rain tires on a street course but once we got out on track, the spray was too much. After a long wait including some movement of the cars from pit lane to the pit box (and back to pit lane again), IndyCar Race Control cancelled all track activity for the day due to the weather conditions. Here's the just-announced schedule for tomorrow, Sunday, July 20: Race 1: 10:30 a.m. Eastern Live on CNBC (and Sportsnet 360 in Canada) 65 laps, two-wide rolling start Starting order set by Saturday's qualifying Race 2: 4:15 p.m. Eastern Live on NBC Sports Network (and Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific in Canada) 65 laps, standing start Starting order set by entrant points Learn more about tomorrow's two races hereA huge thanks to all of the fans who stayed in the rain and waited for a race today! You are why IndyCar has the best fans out there. We hope to see you again tomorrow for twice the fun. [caption id="attachment_1231" align="aligncenter" width="427"]On the grid before race 1. On the grid before race 1.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1232" align="aligncenter" width="626"]Cars on pit lane during a red flag. Cars on pit lane during a red flag.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1233" align="aligncenter" width="569"]At the pit box during the red flag. At the pit box during the red flag.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1234" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Thanks to the amazing fans for sticking it out with us! Thanks to the amazing fans for sticking it out with us![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1236" align="aligncenter" width="427"]Dry gloves = awesome. Dry gloves = awesome.[/caption] 11:30 a.m. It's race day! Unfortunately we didn't have an ideal qualifying session thing morning. The car just wasn't quite where we wanted it to be, and we got caught up in some traffic during our session. We'll start P20 but as we've proved in the past, I know we can move up from there. We have a bit of time before green flag this afternoon, so I'll take the chance to look over data with my engineers, talk with the other drivers about setups and maybe take some downtime to myself. Tune in to race 1 at 3 p.m. Eastern on NBCSN! Friday, July 18 3:50 p.m. The No. 83 Levemir® FlexTouch® Chevrolet made a lot of progress in both practices today. We came in with some unanswered questions and some changes we needed to backtrack on, and after today I think we’re really starting to put the pieces together. This street course surface is definitely a rough one--I can even tell a difference from just last year--so that's taking a bit of time to get adjusted to. I feel confident that we’re heading in a good direction for tomorrow, and I’m excited to see what the car can do on new tires. [caption id="attachment_1215" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Ready to go for practice 1 in Toronto! Ready to go for practice 1 in Toronto![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1217" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Pit stop practice for the No. 83 crew. Pit stop practice for the No. 83 crew.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1218" align="aligncenter" width="569"]A view of Exhibition Place from pit lane. A view of Exhibition Place from pit lane.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1219" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Changes during practice 2. Changes during practice 2.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1220" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Ready to go for standing start practice. Ready to go for standing start practice.[/caption] 8:15 a.m. Good morning! It's a beautiful day here in Toronto and it looks like it will stay dry and mostly sunny for both practice sessions. Watch both practices live via INDYCAR Race Control at 10 a.m. and 1:55 p.m. Eastern. I'm off to a drivers' meeting, but while you're waiting for practice 1 (because it's Friday and I know you'll be watching from work...), check out this story from the Toronto Star about how I monitor my glucose levels while racing and how I prep for double-headers. Ever wanted to take a tour of an IndyCar transporter? Here's your chance: I gave Sportsnet a quick look inside the Chip Ganassi Racing transporters yesterday, and you can now watch it here. Enjoy! Thursday, July 17 10:30 a.m. It's exciting to have the No. 83 Levemir® FlexTouch® Chevrolet and the whole Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team back here in Toronto. We had success there the last few years, getting my first IndyCar Series podium on the streets of Toronto. It's always a great event--one of the highlights on the calendar for me. Having already been on the podium this year for the streets of Belle Isle in Detroit, I'm looking forward to repeating that, doing a few steps better and picking up a win this weekend in Toronto. Today's agenda is pretty straightforward... lots of time with my engineers, an interview with Sportsnet, and the track walk this afternoon. But I know once things get started for this double-header weekend, we'll get busy quickly! Here's a race weekend schedule (all times Eastern): Friday, July 18 10-10:45 a.m. Practice 1:55-2:50 p.m. Practice and Standing Start Practice Saturday, July 19 10-11:10 a.m. Qualifying #1 (delayed broadcast on NBC Sports Network at 1:30 p.m.) 3 p.m. Race #1 (broadcast live on NBC Sports Network) Sunday, July 20 10-10:30 a.m. Qualifying #2 12-1 p.m. Autograph session (in the INDYCAR Fan Village) 3 p.m. Race #2 (broadcast live on NBC Sports Network) Catch live timing and scoring for all on-track sessions (and live video for practice sessions) via INDYCAR Race Control. Follow my Pit Lane Reporter (PLR) on Twitter @racewithinsulin for more behind-the-scenes action! [caption id="attachment_1203" align="aligncenter" width="624"]On the podium in Toronto, 2012. On the podium in Toronto, 2012.[/caption]

    Read More
  • Doubleheader race setup: A quick turnaround
    Jul 20

    Doubleheader race setup: A quick turnaround

    Via IndyCar.com July 20, 2014 Honda Indy Toronto Races 1 and 2 TV: CNBC telecasts Race 1 at 10:30 a.m. (ET) and NBCSN telecasts Race 2 and 3 p.m. (ET). Bob Varsha is the chief announcer with analysts Paul Tracy and Townsend Bell. The taped Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires race will air at 6 p.m. (ET). Sportsnet coverage: Race 1 will be telecast on Sportsnet 360 and Race 2 will be telecast on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific. Rob Faulds is the chief announcer and Bill Adam the analyst. Radio/web: The races are broadcast on IMS Radio Network affiliates, XM 209 and Sirius 213, IndyCar.com and the INDYCAR 14 app. Paul Page is the chief announcer. Timing & Scoring complements the broadcasts on IndyCar.com and the INDYCAR 14 app. Twitter: @hondaindy, @IndyCar, #2inTO For spectators: Race 1-only tickets will be honored July 20. Spectators can exchange tickets at a kiosk at entrances, where tickets also will be sold. A driver autograph session will be held from 1:30-2 p.m. in the Verizon IndyCar Series paddock. Race laps: 65 laps (or 80 minutes, whichever comes first) in clockwise direction on the 1.755-mile, 11-turn street circuit as measured by INDCYAR Timing & Scoring. Start: Two-wide rolling start for Race 1 and standing start for Race 2 … single-file restarts. Qualifications: Sebastien Bourdais, driving the No. 11 Hydroxycut KVSH Racing car, earned the Verizon P1 Award for Race 1. It was his first pole since September 2007 at Assen, Netherlands. The Race 2 starting lineup is set by entrant points, which gives the Verizon P1 Award to Helio Castroneves. Tires: Firestone street course primary tires are being used at all 2014 street course events; no change to the tread compound from 2013. The alternate tire also has the same tread compound used in 2013 and is being used at all street course events. Rain tires were last used at Houston. Fuel: 69.5 U.S. gallons of E85 total ... Verizon IndyCar Series cars carry 18.5 U.S. gallons. Engines: 2.2-liter, twin-turbocharged V6s supplied by Chevrolet and Honda ... ... 150 kPa turbo boost for road/street course races; 160 kPa for push to pass (10 pushes for 15-second activation). 2013: Scott Dixon, driving the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car, swept the 85-lap races. Starting fifth in the opening race, Dixon led Sebastien Bourdais across the finish line by 1.7 seconds. In the second race, Dixon started from the pole and led 81 laps. Helio Castroneves was the runner-up and Bourdais finished third. [caption id="attachment_1248" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

    Read More
  • Let's run 2 in T.O. on same day: Race 1 postponed
    Jul 19

    Let's run 2 in T.O. on same day: Race 1 postponed

    Via IndyCar.com July 19, 2014 TORONTO – The July 19 opening round of the Honda Indy Toronto was postponed to July 20 because of a rain-slicked 1.755-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit, creating a unique same-day doubleheader. Two 65-lap races -- a two-wide rolling start for Race 1 at 10:30 a.m. (ET) and a standing start for the 4:15 p.m. (ET) Race 2 -- will be contested. Race 1 will be telecast on CNBC and Race 2 on NBCSN. For Canadian viewers, Race 1 will be telecast on Sportsnet 360 and Race 2 will be telecast on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific. Sebastien Bourdais, driving the No. 11 KVSH Racing car, earned the Verizon P1 Award for Race 1. It was his first pole since Sept. 2, 2007, at Assen, Netherlands. The Race 2 starting lineup will be determined by entrant points, which gives the Verizon P1 Award to Helio Castroneves. The driver of the No. 3 PPG Team Penske car takes a nine-point lead over teammate Will Power into Rounds 13 and 14 of the 18-race season. “Obviously, we all wanted to get the race in today, but this was the correct call,” said Castroneves, who qualified third in the No. 3 PPG Team Penske car. “We really tried to start the race but it was clear that we were going to wreck a lot of cars. The PPG Chevy is very fast so whenever we start the race we will be fine.” After a 2-hour, 30-minute delay from the scheduled start, INDYCAR officials and the event owner group made the decision to wait for a more favorable weather forecast July 20. It’s the first Verizon IndyCar Series race postponed because of inclement weather since Sao Paulo in 2011, when 15 laps were run. The remaining laps were completed the next day. The 2010 season opener in St. Petersburg, Fla., was postponed before getting the green flag to the next day. Races at Barber Motorsports Park, Houston and Iowa Speedway have been impacted by rain this season. The Race Director declared a wet start 60 minutes before the command to start engines because of persistent light rain that created puddling. The standing start was scrapped in favor of a single-file rolling start. The 23-car field made several warm-up laps before the Race Director declared a red flag and cars returned to pit lane because of poor visibility and slippery conditions. “They can race in the rain, but it’s once they get up to speed and the spray. You can’t see anything and it would be mayhem,” said team owner Michael Andretti, who won seven times at Toronto. After a 20-minute delay, cars took to the racetrack again and were heading to the green flag when the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car of Power did a half-spin entering Turn 11 and made left-side contact with the concrete barrier. The crew made suspension changes under a second red flag for conditions, and Power rejoined the field.

    Read More
  • Charlie Kimball won't be slowed by diabetes
    Jul 17

    Charlie Kimball won't be slowed by diabetes

    Via Toronto Star July 17, 2014 When the checkered flag waved to end the second of a two-race weekend doubleheader in Houston three weeks ago, Verizon IndyCar Series driver Will Power looked positively exhausted. He was out of his Penske Racing car and sitting on the ground, in the shade, pale and appearing to be a candidate for an IV. On the other hand, driver Charlie Kimball positively glowed. He looked as if he hadn’t broken a sweat and, in fact, said in a TV interview he felt so good that he was ready to go out and drive another race the very next day. Get this: Charlie Kimball has diabetes. And Will Power wasn’t the only IndyCar driver sucking oxygen from a bottle after that race, either.

    Kimball, who will be driving for Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing in two more doubleheader races in the Honda Indy Toronto at Exhibition Place Saturday and Sunday, is the first — and so far the only — Type 1 diabetic to be licensed by IndyCar to race in the series.
    And his blood sugar count is part of the race team’s data.
    “I wear a continuous glucose monitor when I’m racing,” Kimball said in an interview this week.
    “So there’s a sensor on my body and it transmits to a display and that display is actually plugged into the car’s data system. So on my steering wheel, I have speed, lap time, oil pressure, blood sugar, water temperature. I have car and body data right there together.”
    Since Kimball was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 22 (he’s 29 now), he hasn’t let it hold him back and has been steadily employed by teams in a number of different series, from British Formula 3 to Firestone Indy Lights to the top of the mountain, IndyCar, where he’s raced since 2011.
    Kimball says that because of his illness, he’s better prepared mentally and has a better understanding of his body in general. “I have to consider everything I eat, I consider every activity I do.” Click HERE to read more. [caption id="attachment_1227" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo via LAT Photo USA[/caption]

    Read More
  • Life off the track for an Indycar driver
    Jul 17

    Life off the track for an Indycar driver

    Via Sportsnet July 17, 2014 Sportsnet’s Hugh Burrill toured the transporter of Indycar driver Charlie Kimball, a place fondly called a racer’s home away from home. Click HERE to watch the video.

    Read More
  • Happening in M5V 3J3: Toronto street scene
    Jul 16

    Happening in M5V 3J3: Toronto street scene

    Via IndyCar.com July 16, 2014 Honda Indy Toronto TV: NBCSN telecasts both races live (3 p.m. ET July 19 and July 20) and qualifications (1:30 p.m. ET July 19). Bob Varsha is the chief announcer with analysts Paul Tracy and Townsend Bell. The Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires race will air at 6 p.m. (ET) July 20. Sportsnet coverage: Rob Faulds, analyst Bill Adam and pit reporter Todd Lewis provide coverage of both races (2:30 p.m. ET July 19 and 20) for Canadian audiences on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific, Sportsnet NOW and Rogers Anyplace TV. Radio/web: All Verizon IndyCar Series on-track sessions are broadcast on www.IndyCar.com and the INDYCAR 14 app in conjunction with real-time Timing & Scoring. In addition, the races will be broadcast on IMS Radio Network affiliates, XM 209 and Sirius 213. Paul Page is the chief announcer. … Timing & Scoring for all Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires and USF2000 sessions also is on IndyCar.com. Live practice streaming: Live streaming of the July 19 Verizon IndyCar Series practice sessions will be on www.IndyCar.com, incorporating Timing & Scoring and the IMS Radio Network broadcast. Twitter: @hondaindy, @IndyCar, #2inTO To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_1211" align="aligncenter" width="626"] #2inTO[/caption]

    Read More
  • Did You Know . . .
    Jul 15

    Did You Know . . .

    Did you know... racing is in my blood. Of course lots of young kids like to play with toy race cars but as the son of a racing engineer, I often had the chance to play alongside real race cars. I was born in England while my dad (Gordon) was working as an engineer for a Formula One team. Before moving home to California, we traveled around Europe a bit with his job, seeing some of the most famous race courses along the way. By the time I was old enough to steer a go-kart, I was hooked! The rest, as they say, is history. In Pocono this year, I had the chance to check out an '83 Patrick Wildcat chassis, an Indy car chassis designed and engineered by my dad. The Wildcat was driven by not only Gordon Johncock and Johnny Rutherford but also by my current race team owner Chip Ganassi. Read more about my Wildcat experience here.

    Click here for more Did You Know... fun facts!

    Read More
  • Live from Trackside - Iowa Corn Indy 300
    Jul 12

    Live from Trackside - Iowa Corn Indy 300

    Saturday, July 12 10:30 p.m. It was a long day for the No. 83 Levemir® FlexTouch® Chevrolet, but I’ll definitely take a top-10 finish. I have to give a lot of credit to the crew – they were just awesome in pit lane. The stops were right and the strategy was right and we were really fast in clean air. Once the field got strung out, I was running fast lap times but I need to figure out how to run in traffic before I really master short-track racing. I feel really good with that finish and now we just need to put our heads down and get ready for Toronto. For now, I'm off to catch the charter flight home to Indy. It will be good to sleep in my own bed tonight! [caption id="attachment_1192" align="aligncenter" width="569"] Pre-race at Iowa Speedway.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1194" align="aligncenter" width="427"]Getting set for the green flag. Getting set for the green flag.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1196" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Red flag... cars stopped on pit lane. Red flag... cars stopped on pit lane.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1197" align="aligncenter" width="569"]It turned into a beautiful evening in Newton, Iowa! It turned into a beautiful evening in Newton, Iowa![/caption] 3:30 p.m. It's race day! Well, hopefully it's race day... the weather isn't looking too good for the green flag but we're trying to be optimistic for 300 laps this evening. IndyCar has moved up the green flag to 7:30 p.m. local (Central time) so be sure to tune in to NBC Sports Network at 7 p.m. for the start of the broadcast! I had a relaxing morning, sleeping in a bit before a late lunch with distant family members who live here in the area. Now we're headed out for an systems check--just one lap, in and out! Then I'll have a race strategy meeting, a meet and greet with a few guests from JDRF, and of course my usual pre-race dinner. Thanks for all of the support. Be sure to follow my Pit Lane Reporter (PLR) on Twitter @racewithinsulin for more updates during the race! Friday, July 11 7:15 p.m. The No. 83 Levemir® FlexTouch® Chevrolet had a great run today in qualifying, ending with our P7 starting spot for tomorrow. We were able to take some data from our teammates, who were already up front, and use that to our advantage for our run. I think the test here a couple of weeks ago really helped us all come to this track with more data and experience. I can’t wait to get out here under the lights tomorrow night and see what Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing can do! [caption id="attachment_1183" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Prepping for practice 2. Prepping for practice 2.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1184" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Rain, rain, go away... Rain, rain, go away...[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1185" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Finally got some laps in this afternoon! Finally got some laps in this afternoon![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1186" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Ready for qualifying. Ready for qualifying.[/caption] 11:20 a.m. The good news? We finished fourth on the speed charts in the first practice session. The bad news? Practice was cancelled early due to the rain and lightning. We were hoping to run a lot of laps this morning but unfortunately the one thing we can't control is the weather! It's stopped now and when it does finally clear out, it will take about two hours to dry the track. We'll see if we get qualifying started on time at 2 p.m. For now, I'm spending time in the engineering office and may take a quick nap before lunch! [caption id="attachment_1180" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Looking dark over there... yellow! Looking dark over there... yellow![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1181" align="aligncenter" width="569"]A quick interview for NBCSN after the shortened practice. A quick interview for NBCSN after the shortened practice.[/caption] Thursday, July 10 10:10 a.m. Hello from Iowa Speedway! I came in this morning with the team charter, had a delicious breakfast at a place called "Mullets" (yes, there was a display board with photos...), and am now spending some time with my engineers. But first things first... please check out this awesome #ThrowbackThursday photo from my 2009 Indy Lights season: [caption id="attachment_1170" align="aligncenter" width="626"]Iowa Speedway 2009 Iowa Speedway 2009[/caption] Does that No. 35 car look a little familiar? Yep, it's another green and white car with sponsorship from Novo Nordisk, a "throwback" from our current livery! I'm pictured here racing at Iowa Speedway with Martin Plowman in the No. 15, who became my teammate the following year at Andretti Autosport in the Firestone Indy Lights Series. My, how far we've come! After a tough race at Pocono race weekend, the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team is more than ready to get back out there and show what we can do at the Iowa Corn Indy 300. We are so much better than our result showed and I know we'll be able to work through recent challenges. Last year we raced inside the top 10, and it was all about finding the right line on the short track while working through traffic. We made a lot of gains when we tested here at Iowa Speedway a few weeks ago, so I think we're well-prepared for the race weekend and a good finish for the No. 83 Levemir® FlexTouch® Chevrolet. For those coming at the track or following along at home, here's our race weekend schedule (all times Central): Friday, July 11 10-11:15 a.m. Practice 2-3 p.m. Qualifying (broadcast at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports Network) 4-5 p.m. Autograph session (in the INDYCAR Fan Village) 5-5:15 p.m. Team Chevy Q&A (near the INDYCAR Fan Village) 6-6:30 p.m. Practice Saturday, July 12 4 p.m. Systems check (1 lap) 7 p.m. Iowa Corn Indy 300 race (live on NBC Sports Network) Check Race Control for live timing and scoring during all on-track sessions, as well as live TV streaming during practice sessions. Follow my Pit Lane Reporter (PLR) on Twitter @racewithinsulin for updates while I'm on track, too! [caption id="attachment_1167" align="aligncenter" width="626"]Photo courtesy of INDYCAR Photo courtesy of INDYCAR[/caption]

    Read More
  • What's happening in 50208: Fast laps on short track
    Jul 9

    What's happening in 50208: Fast laps on short track

    Via IndyCar.com July 9, 2014 Iowa Corn Indy 300 presented by DEKALB TV: NBCSN telecasts the race live (8 p.m. ET July 12) and qualifications (4 p.m. ET July 11). Radio/web: All Verizon IndyCar Series 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. ... Live streaming video of the July 11 practice sessions will be on www.IndyCar.com, incorporating Timing & Scoring and the IMS Radio Network broadcast. Twitter: @iowaspeedway, @IndyCar, #IowaCorn300 Weekend schedule (all times Eastern): Friday, July 11 – 11-a.m.-noon Verizon IndyCar Series practice * 3 p.m. Verizon IndyCar Series single-car qualifications 7 p.m. Verizon IndyCar Series practice * * streaming video on www.IndyCar.com Saturday, July 12 – 8 p.m. NBCSN on air Weather forecast: Highs in the low 80s with scattered showers. Qualifications: Single-car cumulative time of two consecutive timed laps, with order determined by blind draw, to determine the Verizon P1 Award winner. Iowa-based Sukup Manufacturing Co. is the sponsor of Pole Day. ... Single-lap track record is 17.3324 seconds (185.687 mph) by Helio Castroneves of Team Penske in 2013 in qualifying for heat races. Race laps: 300 in counterclockwise direction on the .894-mile oval as measured by INDCYAR Timing & Scoring (12-14 degrees of banking in the turns, frontstretch of 1,075 feet) … 50 laps were added for the 2014 race. Challenges of the track: "It’s challenging because it’s so small. There are such high G (force) loads, it’s a very physical track. It’s a tricky place because to get over the bumps and make the car good in all aspects of the track is very difficult if not impossible,” said Graham Rahal, who finished fifth in 2013. Start: Two-wide start based on qualifications results … single-file restarts. Pit boxes: 40 feet. Fuel: 40 U.S. gallons of E85 for practice/qualifications; 70 gallons for race ... Verizon IndyCar Series cars carry 18.5 U.S. gallons. Engines: 2.2-liter, twin-turbocharged V6s supplied by Chevrolet and Honda ... 140 kPa turbo boost for oval race. Chevrolet has six victories and Honda has five this season. Aerodynamics: Short oval specifications -- rear wing mainplane angle of 0 degrees +/- .50 degree and rear wing flap angle of 34 degrees maximum. A rear wing wicker is optional, as are front brake backing plates and an underwing strake. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_1175" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

    Read More
  • Did you know . . .
    Jul 7

    Did you know . . .

    Did you know... I don't have too many superstitions on race weekends. Instead of a lucky pair of socks, I focus on my routine. It starts early, eating a similar breakfast every race day. For my pre-race meal, I always have plain chicken, with pasta and fruit for carbs, as well as some salad. Once I'm on the grid, I go through the typical pre-race prep (getting my helmet ready, group chat with my team, listening to the national anthem) but I also check my blood sugar levels one last time. Then I do some quick stretching and step into the car. The closest thing I have to a superstition? My habit of always getting into the car from the same side of the cockpit. I think my routines help me stay focused for the race ahead. Do you have any superstitions or special routines? Click here for more Did You Know... fun facts!

    Read More

Next Race

Full ScheduleFull Schedule

Honda Indy 200 atMid-Ohio

August 3,2014 NBCSN - 3:00 PM EST

Honda Indy 200 atMid-Ohio
Charlie Kimball Car
Follow Me

Twitter

Facebook

Like Me
Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Mid-day props to some of the hardest working people I know, the No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Teams crew! Tough weekend in Toronto, but they came out with the Verizon Wireless IndyCar Series Pit Crew Award for race 1, and helped us advance 23 positions throughout the two races. Awesome!

22 hours ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

After testing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Thursday, I'm headed down to the lake for a few days of fun in the sun on my Axis Wake Research A24. Looking forward to it! What are your favorite outdoor hobbies?

Yesterday

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Via NBC Sports

2 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

One day, two races, one top-5 finish and one top-10 finish. I'll take it! Major props to the whole Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, especially the No. 83 crew. Quick on the pit stops and on point with the strategy!

3 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

It's race day... for real this time! And we've got back-to-back races for double the fun! Click for all double-header updates and tune-in information: http://charliekimball.com/news/?p=1247

4 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Well, there's always tomorrow! And we get to run two races tomorrow here in Toronto... a true double-header, you could say. Click for a Sunday Verizon Wireless IndyCar Series schedule update: http://charliekimball.com/news/?p=1164

4 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Tune in! NBC Sports Network goes live for the HondaIndyToronto race 1 at 3 p.m. Eastern. Also follow my Pit Lane Reporter (PLR) on Twitter @racewithinsulin for updates while I'm on track!

4 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Thanks Norris & The Toronto Star for this piece!

5 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Made some progress today but there's always more to improve! http://bit.ly/1mlgM4g

5 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Toronto is so nice, we'll race here twice! Getting set for practice 1. Check live timing & video at http://racecontrol.indycar.com. More updates: http://bit.ly/1mlgM4g

6 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Cool article from the The Globe and Mail on Brad, engineer for the No. 83 Chip Ganassi Racing Teams car, and his Canadian roots.

6 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Great to be back in Toronto! One of my favorite stops on the Verizon Wireless IndyCar Series tour each season. Click below for a race weekend schedule and more updates.

6 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Did you know... racing is in my blood. Almost literally! http://charliekimball.com/news/?p=1205

8 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

CAPTION THIS photo from Iowa Speedway.

9 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

What's better than one Verizon Wireless IndyCar Series race? Not much... except for two races in one weekend, of course. All in for the HondaIndyToronto 2 in TO. Catch last year's highlights below:

10 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Long night on track at Iowa Speedway! But I'm happy to come away with another top-10 result. Big thanks to the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Teams crew for the quick stops on pit lane. Now it's time to recharge and gear up for Toronto! http://charliekimball.com/news/?p=1148

10 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Tune in! Coverage of the Iowa Corn Indy 300 from Iowa Speedway begins at 8 p.m. Eastern. The green flag has been moved up to 8:30 p.m. Follow my Pit Lane Reporter (PLR) on Twitter @racewithinsulin for more updates!

11 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Great qualifying runs today for the whole Chip Ganassi Racing Teams Team Chevy team... nice work Scott Dixon & crew on the pole! We'll start P7 tomorrow here at Iowa Speedway. http://charliekimball.com/news/?p=1148

12 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Good morning! As long as the rain stays away, we'll head out for our first practice at Iowa Speedway at 10 a.m. Central. Check live timing and video: http://racecontrol.indycar.com.

13 days ago

Instagram

Follow Me
Novo Nordisk Novo Nordisk Ganassi Racing CRS American Diabetes Rocky Mountain Bikes Rent Villas Oakley Axis Wake Research Sparco