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  • Mark your calendar: Meet CK at Mid-Ohio
    Jul 28

    Mark your calendar: Meet CK at Mid-Ohio

    Mark your calendar! Meet Charlie, his Chip Ganassi Racing teammates, and fellow Verizon IndyCar Series drivers at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this Saturday, August 1. Click here for appearance details. 12:30 p.m. Ganassi merchandise tent - Midway/INDYCAR Fan Village 1 p.m. IndyCar full-field autograph session - INDYCAR Fan Village [caption id="attachment_2566" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Fast Facts
    Jul 28

    Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Fast Facts

    Via IndyCar.com Date: Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015 Track: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, a 13-turn, 2.258-mile road course in Lexington, Ohio Race distance: 90 laps / 203.22 miles Push-to-pass parameters: 10 activations for 20 seconds each Firestone tire allotment: Eight sets primary and three sets alternate for use through the weekend Twitter: @Mid_Ohio @IndyCar, #Honda200, #IndyCar Event website: http://www.midohio.com/ INDYCAR website: www.IndyCar.com 2014 race winner: Scott Dixon 2014 Verizon P1 Award winner: Sebastien Bourdais, 1 minute, 24.1610 seconds, 96.586 mph One-lap qualifying record: Dario Franchitti and Gil de Ferran, 1:05.347, 124.394 mph, Aug. 13, 1999 (Franchitti) and Aug. 12, 2000 (de Ferran). Television Broadcasts: Qualifying, 3 p.m. ET Saturday, Aug. 1 (live, NBCSN); Race, 1:30 p.m. ET Sunday, Aug. 2 (live, CNBC). Leigh Diffey is the lead announcer, alongside analysts Townsend Bell and David Hobbs. Pit reporters are Jon Beekhuis, Kevin Lee, Katie Hargitt and Robin Miller. Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network broadcasts: Paul Page is chief announcer with analyst Davey Hamilton. Pit reporters are Dave Furst, Nick Yeoman and Michael Young, with Mark Jaynes and Jake Query serving as the turn announcers. Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying and races air live on network affiliates, Sirius 212, XM 209, IndyCar.com, indycarradio.com and the INDYCAR 15 app. Practice sessions are available on IndyCar.com, indycarradio.com and the INDYCAR 15 app. Video streaming: All practice sessions for the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season are available live on RaceControl.IndyCar.com. For more information, please visit IndyCar.com. [caption id="attachment_2563" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • Tune in: Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio
    Jul 27

    Tune in: Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio

    WATCH All times Eastern Friday, July 31 10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. Practice > Live stream 3:15-4:30 p.m. Practice > Live stream Saturday, August 1 10:45-11:30 a.m. Practice > Live stream 3-4:15 p.m. Qualifying and Firestone Fast 6 > Live broadcast on NBC Sports Network > Live timing and scoring Sunday, August 2 9:45-10:15 a.m. Warm Up > Live stream 1:30 p.m. Race > Live broadcast on CNBC > Live timing and scoring Radio: IMS Radio Network, Sirius 213, XM 209 FOLLOW > Twitter: @Mid_Ohio @IndyCar #Honda200 #IndyCar #IndyRivals > Live timing & scoring: INDYCAR Race Control > Mobile: INDYCAR 15 app by Verizon for Apple and Android

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  • New rain tire will gain traction with teams
    Jul 27

    New rain tire will gain traction with teams

    Via IndyCar.com Spectators, TV viewers and Verizon IndyCar Series teams will be able to better distinguish which cars are running Firestone Racing’s new rain tire by its silver stripe, which complements the red stripe on the alternate tires for road and street courses. The rain tires will be available this weekend at the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. Beyond the packaging, the year-long development process utilized state-of-the-art technologies to meet the goals of safety, reliability and raceability on a variety of wet surfaces. The tread pattern and tread depth are the same as the previous rain tires introduced in July 2014. “There are a lot of things we’re doing behind the scenes to make sure we’re putting the best possible product on the racetrack. For the first time, we used a lot of our company’s internal tools to look at the compound on a small scale,” said Dale Harrigle, chief engineer for Bridgestone America’s Motorsports and manager of race tire development. Experimental compounds were run through a wet friction test to evaluate which had the most wet traction. Then a handful of tires were built and taken to Bridgestone’s proving grounds in Texas for wet traction testing in addition to “other machines in-house that we can run full-size tires on to evaluate wet traction,” Harrigle said. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_2560" align="aligncenter" width="610"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • IndyCar Q&A: Diabetes not a deterrent for driver Charlie Kimball
    Jul 23

    IndyCar Q&A: Diabetes not a deterrent for driver Charlie Kimball

    Via USA Today (Podcast via ForTheWin) Chip Ganassi Racing driver Charlie Kimball is happy to talk about how he has overcome the challenges of a diabetes diagnosis to establish himself as an IndyCar driver. But ultimately, he wants to be known for his results on the track. Kimball spoke about his career with Chris Jenkins, Special to USA TODAY Sports. Q: Obviously, a lot of people are familiar with you and your story as somebody who is racing with diabetes. Either physically or mentally, how would you describe the challenges you’ve overcome? Kimball: “I think the biggest challenge you deal with physically with diabetes is it’s something you deal with every moment of every day. For me, if I’m at the racetrack, or traveling for events for Novo Nordisk or even just at home, in the gym, in the office, I have to think about my blood sugar. I have to think about my nutrition. I have to think about taking my insulin with my Novo Nordisk flex pen, balancing my blood sugar so that I’m still healthy and able to do what I want in life. And then when I get to the racetrack, that becomes even more critical. It’s one more sensor for me to check in the car, but getting ready to climb in the car, I have to make sure that I’m preparing my body to the same level that the mechanics prepare the race car.” To read more, please click here. To listen to the ForTheWin podcast, please click here. [caption id="attachment_2543" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA[/caption]

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  • New On-Board LED Display Panels to Debut at Mid-Ohio Next Week
    Jul 23

    New On-Board LED Display Panels to Debut at Mid-Ohio Next Week

    Via INDYCAR INDYCAR announced today the introduction of new technology that will track each Verizon IndyCar Series car's running position and display it in real time via light emitting diode (LED) panels on the side of each racecar. The LED panels have been tested multiple times this season and will be implemented in time for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio on Aug. 2. "INDYCAR is committed to implementing new technology into the Verizon IndyCar Series and this project was about how we can to enhance the at-track experience for fans at our events and allow them to understand more of what's going on," said Derrick Walker, INDYCAR President of Competition and Operations. "If you're not in the line of sight of a video screen or a scoring pylon, it's sometimes hard to know who's doing what on the racetrack. It was a natural to do the numbering system and we're confident this will help get our fans more engaged at the track." The panels will feature multiple colors to display pit stop time and when an entry's push-to-pass is active. The 8-inch-wide by 7-inch-tall LED panels, which are only 3 millimeters thick, will be attached to either side of the airbox (below the cockpit camera mount) on each chassis. The system was first tested in mid-April at Barber Motorsports Park. Running order will be updated as the car crosses each of the INDYCAR Timing & Scoring timelines embedded around racetracks. Track position in other motorsports series that employ a similar system is updated only at the start/finish line. Red is the primary color to display running order. Green will be used for the running clock while a car is in its pit box, and a flashing green "PP" will indicate when push to pass is active. Brightness of the LEDs will be modulated to fit daylight and night events. To learn more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_2540" align="aligncenter" width="610"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • Kimball not letting diabetes stop him on race track
    Jul 22

    Kimball not letting diabetes stop him on race track

    Via SaukValley.com As a race car driver, Charlie Kimball never wants to put on the brakes. So when he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2007, he wasn’t about to let that slow him down. Since he joined Chip Ganassi Racing in the No. 83 car before the 2011 season, Kimball has thrived as the only licensed driver in IndyCar history with diabetes. He has top-20 finishes in each of his first 4 years, and currently sits in 13th place in the season standings with three races to go. In 79 IndyCar starts, Kimball has one win, 10 top-5 finishes, and 32 top-10 finishes. He also had 10 top-5 finishes and 17 top-10 finishes in 2 years on the Indy Lights circuit, including a stretch of three straight runner-up finishes at the beginning of the 2010 season. But even while he’s waiting for the wins to start coming consistently, Kimball considers himself a winner every time he takes the track. “I think having diabetes makes me a better driver, because of the balance it gives me,” Kimball said. “If I finish first or 21st, when I come away from the track, I know that being out there and competing proves to other people with diabetes that they can do whatever they want. Just being out there is a big treat for so many people in the diabetes community, and hopefully by sharing my story, I encourage the next generation to go out and live their dreams.” Kimball was visiting Sterling on Tuesday, as part of the CGH Health Foundation’s health and wellness event at Westwood Sports Complex. The 30-year-old Californian signed autographs, posed for pictures, and gave a half-hour speech about living with diabetes as a professional athlete before answering questions from the audience of about three dozen people. Kimball calls events like these “fulfilling and inspiring,” and gets as much out of them as the folks who look up to him as a role model. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_2537" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • Iowa race on NBCSN continues big growth
    Jul 21

    Iowa race on NBCSN continues big growth

    Via IndyCar.com NBCSN’s prime-time telecast of the Iowa Corn 300 drew an average viewership of 541,000, making it the network’s most-watched Verizon IndyCar Series race since 2011 at Baltimore. It is the third consecutive NBCSN telecast of a Verizon IndyCar Series race this season that has attracted more than 500,000 viewers and shown dramatic growth in ratings and viewership compared to 2014. Viewership of the action-packed race at the .894-mile Iowa Speedway was 22 percent higher than the 2014 race telecast, and peaked at 650,000 viewers during the late-race duel between Ryan Hunter-Reay and Josef Newgarden for the victory. Hunter-Reay became the ninth different winner in 13 races this season and led a 1-4 finish by American drivers. The July 12 telecast of the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest (64 percent increase) and the June 27 telecast of the MAVTV 500 (82 percent increase) also recorded substantial viewership gains over 2014. Average viewership and ratings for all Verizon IndyCar Series telecasts this season are up nearly 10 percent and a continuation of the growth in 2014, when INDYCAR experienced a 25 percent viewership gain over the previous year. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_2534" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • Live from Trackside - Iowa Corn 300
    Jul 18

    Live from Trackside - Iowa Corn 300

    Saturday, July 18 10:50 p.m. It was a shame for our night to end like that. I had been running the high line pretty well. I felt like I went in on the same line I had the lap before, but the No. 83 car just caught an extra marble or two and it went up the track. Once you’re up there in the marbles, it just took off. I feel badly for the guys, but overall the car was pretty good and we made progress with the NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet. [caption id="attachment_2530" align="aligncenter" width="569"] Pre-race[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_2531" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Green, green, green Green, green, green[/caption] 4:10 p.m. That was interesting... a tough two laps for sure. The car was a bit loose, so I didn't go into and through turn one how I wanted to. We'll start P16 here today. But first, I have a drivers' meeting, a couple of meet-and-greets, and a team strategy meeting. Be sure to follow my Pit Lane Reporter on Twitter @RaceWithInsulin for updates during the race! [caption id="attachment_2528" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Ready to qualify! Ready to qualify![/caption] 1:45 p.m. Good afternoon... it's race day! And it's another hot one here at Iowa Speedway. I started the day off with a public appearance at a local grocery store, and I have to say, it was great to meet so many local fans! There were a few from out of town as well, camping at the Speedway for the race weekend. I'll be back out at the Hy-Vee/Mercy Live Up mobile unit here at the track at 5 p.m., located near ticket booth 2 just north of the INDYCAR Fan Village. I just finished up with the IndyCar autograph session so I'm grabbing some lunch now before a pre-qualifying engineering meeting. It will be interesting to see how the track handles for us during qualifying after the Road to Indy cars run earlier this afternoon. It will definitely be a balancing act--getting the right amount of downforce while not sliding too much in these hot temps. With so much traffic out there during the practice sessions yesterday, it was hard to get a good read on qualifying simulation runs but I think the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team is in good shape. You can check out qualifying live at 3 p.m. Central via INDYCAR Race Control or later on NBC Sports Network at 5:30 p.m. Central. Then stay tuned for the Iowa Corn 300 live at 7 p.m. Central! Kimball_Twitter Friday, July 17 7:20 p.m. Overall I feel pretty good with where the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet is after two practices today. I feel like we made a lot of progress throughout the two practice sessions. All four of the Chip Ganassi Racing Team cars are strong this weekend, and our stable is definitely competitive leading into the race. It’ll be interesting tomorrow with our first on-track run being qualifying, but we’ll get it done and hopefully start tomorrow’s night race in a good position. Here's some light reading for your Friday evening... a great article about the assistant engineer for the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team, Kate, in ESPNW, and a piece I contributed to The Players' Tribune on racing with diabetes. Enjoy! [caption id="attachment_2524" align="aligncenter" width="626"]A look down pit lane. Photo via INDYCAR. A look down pit lane. Photo via INDYCAR.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2523" align="aligncenter" width="626"]Photo via INDYCAR Photo via INDYCAR[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2521" align="aligncenter" width="626"]Sun is shining! And it's hot! Sun is shining! And it's hot![/caption] [caption id="attachment_2522" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Making changes during practice 2. Making changes during practice 2.[/caption] Thursday, July 16 10:15 a.m. Hello from Iowa! I arrived late last night from Texas, where I was doing some training earlier in the week. The team from Indy just landed, so I slept in a bit today and will head to the track soon. And of course it's been raining... what would an IndyCar race weekend be without some rain this season?! At least the forecast looks better for the on-track portion! Iowa Speedway is definitely a physically and mentally demanding track--but I think that’s one reason we enjoy the challenge of it. I’m looking forward to racing under the lights Saturday with Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing. We were strong in qualifying last year and really had it together in the pits with stops and strategy. I know the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet will be fast in clean air but we’ll just need to work on running in traffic to make sure we can stay up front. I'll be doing a few appearances this weekend, both at the track and away from the track, so be sure to come say hi if you're around! Click here for details. Whether you're at home or at the track, click here for the race weekend schedule and tune-in info. Thanks for the support! [caption id="attachment_2505" align="aligncenter" width="626"]Photo via INDYCAR Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • Driven
    Jul 17

    Driven

    Via The Players' Tribune "I think your scale is broken, doc.” I was in because I had a rash on my arm and it started to bug me. I had to race that weekend, so I figured I’d go in and get it cleaned up so it didn’t bother me on race day. Doc gave me a cream and said it would clear up in a couple of days. Then he started asking doctor questions. “Is there anything else going on with your health?” I’m thinking, No. I’m 22 years old, and when you’re 22, nothing goes wrong, right? Then, I thought about it a little more … “Well, I’ve been kind of thirsty lately. I’m going through like eight to 10 bottles of water a night and I can’t go 30 minutes without going to the bathroom.” “Have you lost any weight?” “I don’t think so.” I’d been weighed five days earlier before a race and everything was normal. “OK. Let’s see what you weigh now.” So I stepped on. “I think your scale is broken, doc.” “Why?” “Because that’s 25 pounds less than I should weigh.” You know as well as I do that the scale wasn’t broken. I’d somehow lost 25 pounds in five days. A round of tests revealed why: My blood sugar was five or six times what it should be. My body wasn’t converting the sugar to energy for my body to use. My body was essentially eating itself. I’m thinking, 25 pounds … How did I not notice? You remember your grandparents’ old TV when you were a kid — the one with the rabbit ears that was black and white and always fuzzy? When my blood sugar was out of control, that’s what my life was. That’s how I saw my world. Fuzzy. I was living in a fog. When my blood sugar came back to normal, it was like changing the channel. The picture became clear and it went from black and white to full color. It was that drastic of a change. That’s why I didn’t notice my weight loss. I was lost in that fog. But what I still didn’t know is why my blood sugar was so high. Until the doctor told me. “You have diabetes.” To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_2518" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA[/caption]

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  • Engineers Kate Gundlach, Andrew Mueller are making their mark
    Jul 17

    Engineers Kate Gundlach, Andrew Mueller are making their mark

    Via ESPNW They'll probably never drive into a corner at 200 mph, appear in a Super Bowl commercial or make a music video with Jay Z. That's OK with Kate Gundlach and Andrea Mueller. While they won't ever have Danica Patrick's celebrity status or even the name recognition of, say, Katherine Legge, the two behind-the-scenes racing stalwarts know they're doing something historic and cool in motorsports. Gundlach, 31, is the only female engineer in the IndyCar series who's on the timing stand and in contact with the driver throughout a race. Mueller, 35, is the lead race engineer for Penske Racing's No. 22 car in the NASCAR Xfinity series, and it's no accident that the car has won the last two team owners championships and leads the points this year. If you think it's no big deal in either case, watch an IndyCar or NASCAR telecast on any weekend and see how many women you can spot on pit road -- in any role, let alone leadership positions. Gundlach and Mueller have key jobs, and they're easy to point to as women who could one day lead an IndyCar or NASCAR team, even if only Gundlach aspires to that role. The historical significance "never really occurred to me before, but now that I'm stepping up to that platform, I can see the significance," said Gundlach, who grew up in Pennsylvania around her father Tim Gundlach's vintage motorcycle racing and earned a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Pittsburgh. "Up until now, the guys have treated me like a family member, so I've never felt singled out. But then you look around and say, 'Hey, there aren't that many of us out here. OK, this could be really something.' " To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_2515" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA[/caption]

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  • Tune in: Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway
    Jul 15

    Tune in: Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway

    WATCH All times Central Friday, July 17 3-3:45 p.m. Practice > Live stream 6-6:45 p.m. Practice > Live stream Saturday, July 18 3-4 p.m. Qualifying > Live stream > Delayed broadcast at 5:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network 7 p.m. Race > Live broadcast on NBC Sports Network > Live timing and scoring Radio: IMS Radio Network, Sirius 213, XM 209 FOLLOW > Twitter: @IowaSpeedway @IndyCar #IowaCorn300 #IndyCar #IndyRivals > Live timing & scoring: INDYCAR Race Control > Mobile: INDYCAR 15 app by Verizon for Apple and Android

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Are you coming out to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend? Say hello to me and my teammates at the Chip Ganassi Racing Teams merch tent on Saturday before the IndyCar Series autograph session!

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Looks like we won't need them this weekend, but always great to see more and more advancements from Firestone Tires!

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Happy Friday! Great to chat with USA TODAY Sports earlier this week (their For The Win podcast is available, too: http://usat.ly/1elPspO)!

5 days ago

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#ThrowbackThursday race highlights from... where else?! Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, of course! I may be biased, but I'd say this was a good one. Can't wait to be back there next weekend.

6 days ago

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Charlie Kimball

Great day in Sterling, Illinois yesterday! Thanks to everyone who came out.

7 days ago

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Charlie Kimball

Stoked to see No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Teams engineer Kate featured in espnW! A highly valuable member of our team and the IndyCar Series family.

8 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Back at it after some downtime yesterday! On the agenda this week: post-race recovery at PitFit Training, a couple of media interviews, two appearances with Novo Nordisk, a photo shoot for Indianapolis Monthly, and switching to road course mode with Chip Ganassi Racing Teams. Until next time, Iowa Speedway... [Photo via INDYCAR]

9 days ago

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Tough end to our night... the No. 83 car was good and getting even better throughout the race, but I just hit a marble and unfortunately wasn't able to save it. We'll regroup and come back strong at Mid-Ohio! http://bit.ly/1THXmdf

10 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Almost time to qualify here at Iowa Speedway! Follow my Pit Lane Reporter on Twitter @RaceWithInsulin for updates from the track. NBC Sports Network has qualifying at 6:30 p.m. ET, then stay tuned for the Iowa Corn 300 at 8! http://bit.ly/1THXmdf

11 days ago

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Good morning... it's RACE DAY! Here's something to enjoy with your morning coffee: my debut piece for The Players' Tribune. http://playrstribne.co/1KcFZzB Let me know what you think!

11 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Good day of practice for the entire Chip Ganassi Racing Teams here at Iowa Speedway! http://bit.ly/1THXmdf [Photo via INDYCAR]

11 days ago

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Happy Friday! On the agenda today at Iowa Speedway: media interviews, a drivers' meeting, an appearance with Team Chevy, and two practice sessions! Check here: http://bit.ly/1TFEMCo for tune-in info and a full Verizon Wireless IndyCar Series race weekend schedule.

12 days ago

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Hello from Iowa Speedway! Looking forward to getting on track tomorrow. Those 18-second laps go by quickly! The No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Teams Team Chevy will be fast, too.

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