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2013 Pocono: Charlie Kimball IndyCar Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Jul 03, 2013 - 06:31 AM
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2013 Pocono: Charlie Kimball IndyCar Race Preview


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Track Facts: Brad Goldberg, engineer of the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Honda, sheds some light on what makes Pocono Raceway unique to an IZOD IndyCar Series team…“Pocono is quite the challenge with three very distinctly-different corners, however, the track does closely resemble Indianapolis in terms of banking and straight speeds. Turn 1 is the highest G corner we have on the circuit where we pull just over 4G’s. Turn 2 is the lowest G corners as well as the shortest. Turn 3 is the longest corner of the three. An area of interest will be the entrance to Turn 1 where right at the apex of the corner there are a series of ripply-bumps that sets the car off in a wavy pattern. Meanwhile, this also corresponds to the highest G load as well. Around the track there are other bumps, however, the Turn 1 washboard seems to have the biggest influence on handling. In qualifying it will be critical to navigate the car through this area and still have the ability to carry the throttle all the way through the corner. At Pocono we will see speeds just over 220mph, both the front straight and the straight leading into Turn 2 are very similar in speeds. During the race it is very critical to have the correct gearing in the car as we will be shifting almost/if not every lap. It will be important to not be too tall in the gear so you can get a run on a guy going into Turn 2, as well as you don’t want to be too short as you will lose RPMs going into the next gear causing the car to bog down. In turn, this will cause your rate of acceleration to decrease and prevent you from passing the guy in front of you.”

 

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The Tricky Triangle: Pocono Raceway, also known as the Tricky Triangle, is a superspeedway located in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania at Long Pond. Pocono Raceway has a unique design. Each turn is modeled after turns at three different tracks. Turn One (14 degree banking) was modeled after the now defunct Trenton Speedway, Turn Two (also known as "The Tunnel Turn") is like Indianapolis Motor Speedway (9 degree banking), and Turn Three (6 degree banking) is similar to The Milwaukee Mile. It could be said to be a tri-oval, but the turns are much more severe than those of a more typical tri-oval such as Daytona and the track is really nearly a triangle. They have been likened somewhat to the hairpin-style turns of road courses. An additional complication is that the three turns are not identical, nor are any of the three straights identical in length. The banking of each turn is considerably less than on many other long ovals. Although the track is long (2.5 miles), the sharp nature of the turns and low banking tends to make the overall speeds much lower than at other tracks of similar lengths. For its unique characteristics, Pocono is sometimes referred to as a roval. Others refer to Pocono as a modified road course due to the use of shifting gears to handle the range between the slowest curve and the fastest straightaway.

Crowning Moment: This season, the IndyCar Triple Crown has been revived for the first time since 1989. A driver who sweeps the races at the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway (May 26), 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway (July 7) and 2-mile Auto Club Speedway (Oct. 19) ovals will be awarded $1 million. A driver who wins two of the three races will be awarded a $250,000 bonus. The Fuzzy's Triple Crown renews the tradition of the popular series at Indianapolis, Pocono and Ontario (Calif.) from 1971-1980 and from 1981-1989 at Indianapolis, Pocono and Michigan. Only Al Unser has won all three races in a single season in 1978.

Coming of Age: This season, Kimball has been adding to his IZOD IndyCar Series resume. He has led a career-best six laps this season (Grand Prix of Alabama – three, Dual 2 of the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit – three) already doubling his total laps led in 2012 (Indianapolis 500 – three). In addition, he led laps on a street/road course for the first time. Kimball has also produced his highest road course and oval qualifying positions of his career (Barber Motorsports Park – fifth, Texas Motor Speedway – eighth). Coming off his best qualifying position on a road course at Barber, Kimball scored his best finish on a road course, coming home fourth in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. That finish also marked the second-best finish of his IZOD IndyCar Series career (Toronto, 2012 - second).

Bring it on, Top-10: Kimball has emerged in the top-10 of IZOD IndyCar Series point standings three times this season, making his first appearance in sixth following the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, his second appearance in ninth following the Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 and a third appearance in 10th following the result in Dual 2 of the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit. Kimball has spent four of the 10 rounds this season inside the top-10 of standings (Round 1 – 12th, Round 2 – sixth, Round 3 – 11th, Round 4 – ninth, Round 5 – 11th, Round 6 – 10th, Round 7 – 10th, Round 8 – 11th, Round 9 – 13th, Round 10 – Tied for 13th). In all of last season combined, Kimball only made one appearance in the top-10 of standings, following the first round at St. Petersburg, in ninth position.

Kimball Gives Back: Charlie will be featured in the July print edition of Sports Illustrated Kids as part of their ‘Athletes Give Back’ issue. In homes and on newsstands this week, Kimball is listed among fellow impactful athletes including; LeBron James, Clayton Kershaw and Kevin Durant. Read the online version here: 'Athletes Give Back'

Honda Power: Following the Iowa Corn 250 last round at Iowa Speedway, Honda is second in the manufacturer point standings with 69 points, trailing Chevrolet with 81.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR POCONO

Charlie Kimball and No. 83 Novo Nordisk Team

Where Were You?: The Pocono INDYCAR 400 Fueled by Sunoco will mark the first Indy car race at Pocono Raceway since 1989…Charlie was only four years of age and living in England.

In the Off Week: In his first off week following five straight race weekends, Charlie began the week attending a baseball game between the Indianapolis Indians and Charlotte Knights, where the Indians won 10-5. After testing at Sebring in the days following, Kimball spent the off weekend at a lake in Northwest Indiana with friends, his two dogs and his Axis Wake boat.

This Time, Last Year: Following Iowa last season, Kimball sat 16th in the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings with 164 markers, -122 points behind points leader Will Power. This season, and with the addition of a double-header in Detroit, Kimball is already ahead of his 2012 tally by three spots, tied for 13th position in the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings with 193 markers, -139 points behind leader Helio Castroneves.

Top-10 Stats: Kimball has top-10 finishes in just under half, four of the 10, IZOD IndyCar Series races this season. Of those 10 starts, Kimball has paired an average start of 15.0 with an average finish of 12.3. With the four top-10s Charlie has already scored this season, he has nearly topped the six total top-10 finishes he recorded in the 2012 season.

Oval Stats: The IZOD IndyCar Series will visit six ovals this season. Of the four ovals completed thus far, Kimball has paired an average start of 15.5 with an average finish of 13.75. Overall, Kimball has 16 starts at oval tracks in his IZOD IndyCar career. In those 16 starts, he has accumulated four top-10s, nine top-15 finishes and led three laps.

Iowa Race Rewind: Kimball finished 12th in Round 10 of the IZOD IndyCar Series in the Iowa Corn Indy 250 at Iowa Speedway. After rolling through Saturday’s Heat Race format on the 7/8-mile oval, the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team finished sixth in Heat Race 2, which initially placed them 17th in the starting line-up for Sunday’s race. Due to early engine changes made by other teams overnight, the No. 83 was able to advance three positions on the grid to start from 14th position. Kimball rolled-off the 250-lap race from the outside of row seven and spent his initial laps trying to find a comfortable line on the traffic-laden short oval. The first caution period fell on lap 38 for debris on the front straightaway, where once pit lane opened, the entire 24-car field took their pit stops including the No. 83 for tires, fuel and a right-front tire pressure adjustment. Following his first pit stop and coming out of the caution, Kimball lined up for the double-file restart at 17th position until losing a couple spots to heavy traffic. Shortly after, the adjustments made in pit lane began to benefit the team in the second stint and the No. 83 battled its way up the field. As the race rolled to its halfway mark, the pit stop cycle moved the No. 83 Honda as high as seventh position before Kimball was called to pit lane for his own stop on lap 118, where he ran his fastest lap of the race four laps later. Through the course of two additional cautions thrown in the second half of the race, the No. 83 team continued to work its way up the field through quick pit strategy and strong restarts. The NovoLog FlexPen Honda made its fourth and final pit stop with 46 laps remaining and exited pit lane in 17th. Kimball worked his way to 12th by lap 225, where he held position for the final 25 laps until eventually crossing the finish line.

Kimball on Pocono: "I'm really excited to go to Pocono. Everyone says it will be a great challenge for the Indy cars. I think the speeds will be close to Indianapolis which is always a lot of fun. It's great to be going back to another superspeedway. The Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team has been building some momentum through the middle of the summer, having just hit the halfway point of the season. We're really starting to find our feet and regain some of the early success we've had this season with the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen car. It was really nice to having a test day to work with my Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammates last week at Sebring and I think we've found some things that will help us as we move toward Toronto, Mid-Ohio and Sonoma."

Penny for your Thoughts: Ever wonder what Charlie and his team were up to during 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.

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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