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2013 St. Pete: Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing IndyCar Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Mar 20, 2013 - 06:34 PM
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2013 St. Pete: Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing IndyCar Race Preview


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Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Unite: To start the season off right, Chip Ganassi Racing Teams and Novo Nordisk are supporting Kimball in a ‘Race With Insulin Unites’ campaign by uniting teammates from NASCAR, INDYCAR and GRAND-AM Series to promote diabetes awareness. For the weekend of April 5-7 Charlie Kimball will sport his Race With Insulin paint scheme at Barber Motorsports Park, while NASCAR teammate Jamie McMurray will have a similar Race With Insulin paint-scheme at the NASCAR Spring Cup Series (NSCS) race in Martinsville. That same weekend, all fellow Chip Ganassi Racing teammate’s cars in INDYCAR, NASCAR and GRAND-AM will race with exclusive blue rims to simulate the blue circle that is the global symbol for the International Diabetes Federation.

 

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“You’re Watching, Today”: Kimball and Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Dario Franchitti recently made a trip to NBC’s ‘Today Show’ at the show’s headquarters in New York City. The pair met co-hosts Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and weatherman Al Roker in the heart of Times Square to promote diabetes awareness and discuss the IZOD IndyCar Series season opener. NBC was the first stop among several other NYC-based entities including: CNN, CNBC, Sports Illustrated, Men's Journal and the Wall Street Journal, where Franchitti and Kimball discussed the upcoming Race With Insulin United initiative through Chip Ganassi Racing Teams.

An Award-Winning Year: On top of being a full-time racecar driver, Kimball was acknowledged for two prestigious awards in 2012. He was recognized with a Jefferson Award, which is considered the “Nobel Prize” for community service, as well as the Tony Renna Rising Star Award that is presented each year to the IZOD IndyCar Series driver who displays exceptional driving prowess, physical fitness and resourcefulness.

Kimball Takes Home his First Rolex: Kimball made his debut in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series in January and scored a first-place finish at the 51st annual Rolex 24 At Daytona for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates alongside teammates Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas and Juan Pablo Montoya. In his two stints at the helm of the No.01 TELMEX/Target Dinan-Prepared BMW, Kimball led 11 laps and ran a best lap-time of 1:42.531.

Penny for your Thoughts: Ever wonder what your favorite INDYCAR driver is up-to on a typical race weekend? Check out Charlie’s live blog at www.CharlieKimball.com for race weekend schedules, post-practice thoughts, race day preparations, and behind-the-scenes photos.

Watch for the H Block: The H-BLOCK – Honda Fan Section is the ultimate place for Honda fans to experience the excitement of the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Located in Granstand 2, the H-BLOCK is an exclusive, dedicated grandstand area for devoted Honda fans to cheer on their favorite Honda drivers. As a fan in the H-BLOCK, you will receive an exclusive Honda Fan Pack, including a hat, rally towel and cinch bag, and will also have a chance to win more exclusive prizes. The H-BLOCK is the place to be on race day. Don’t miss out, get your tickets today!

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Follow Team Novo Nordisk on Twitter: Continue to follow Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing on their official team Twitter page. Find in-race updates and weekly news on the No.83 crew throughout the 2013 season by following ���œ@CGRTeams”.

CGRT Mobile App: Download the Chip Ganassi Racing Teams mobile app for the latest driver news, event information, social media updates and exclusive content. Head to the iTunes store and check it out: http://bit.ly/YGJQxf.

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@racewithinsulin: “Enjoyed my time at 30 Rock today with all the @NBC properties. I have applied as a Page for next #TheOffseason!!!”

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR ST. PETERSBURG

Charlie Kimball and No. 83 Novo Nordisk Team

Let the Season Begin: In last year’s Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg season-opener, Kimball and the team started the year off right and matched the career-best finish of ninth they scored in the 2011 season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Kimball’s St. Petersburg finish led to a rally of top-10 finishes in 2012, as he went on to score a career-best six top-10 finishes (St. Petersburg, Sao Paulo, Indianapolis, Belle Isle, Toronto and Fontana) and his first podium finish of second at Toronto.

Remember the Time: Last year, in round one of the IndyCar Series at St. Petersburg, Kimball gained a total of 13 positions. The most positions gained by any of the 26 drivers in the field that race.

Strong Start: Kimball and the team recently completed their IZOD IndyCar Series Open Test hosted by Barber Motorsports Park on March 12-13. All IZOD IndyCar Series teams tested on the 2.38-mile circuit in Birmingham, Ala. On the first day of the two-day test, eight different teams were represented in the top-10 and 19 of the 26 drivers were within one second of the leader. Twenty-five drivers were quicker than Will Power's official record on the 2.38-mile, 17-turn road course, including Kimball, who posted a 1:08.462 second practice time to finish 13th among 26 drivers. Recent surface grinding combined with a new compound for the Firestone primary tires developed for the track and cool temperatures for the turbo-charged engines were contributing factors to the record-breaking speeds on opening day. Charlie wrapped up the second day of competition by posting a best-time of 1:07.767 for the day to finish sixth. In combined results of the two-day test Kimball finished the within the top-10, placing eighth overall.

Kimball, on the Season-Opener: "I'm really excited to kick off the season in St. Pete with the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Team this weekend. The whole team has been working so hard over the winter. We had a pretty good test at Barber, making a lot of progress and developments both on the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen car itself and competition-wise. We had a strong start at St. Pete last year, with a top-10 finish, so I think with a whole year of data on the DW12 under our belts and a lot of prep over the offseason, we'll go into the season very strong."

ONE TEAM, SIX CARS, THREE SERIES
Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 25 years and is considered one of the most successful as well as innovative owners the sport has anywhere in the world. Today his teams include three cars in the IZOD IndyCar Series, two cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and one Daytona Prototype in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. Overall his teams have 15 championships and over 150 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400 and five Rolex 24 At Daytonas. Ganassi boasts state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis and Brownsburg, Ind. and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh, Penn.

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