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2014 Texas: Charlie Kimball IndyCar Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Jun 06, 2014 - 06:24 AM
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2014 Texas: Charlie Kimball IndyCar Race Preview


Race: Firestone 600, June 7
Drivers: @RaceWithInsulin
Cars: No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet
Track: Texas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval) in Fort Worth, Texas
TV: NBC Sports Network 8:00pm ET
Social: @CGRTeams #RaceWithInsulin


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The First of 2014: Charlie Kimball made his first appearance on the podium in the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season with a third-place finish in the second race of the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit. This was Kimball’s fourth podium in his four-year career with Chip Ganassi Racing with two second-place finishes in Toronto (2012) and Pocono (2013) and his first career win at the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio.

Driver or DIY Handy Man?: Verizon IndyCar Series’ drivers don’t get much free time, but when they do Kimball is all about the do-it-yourself projects. Kimball has completely transformed his urban backyard with landscaping work, new flower beds, and a made-from-scratch patio. Along with his DIY work outside the house, he has also completely restored the original brick inside his house.

Follow the Leader: On May 22, Chip Ganassi was inducted into the Auto Racing Hall of Fame alongside Jimmy McElreath, Leo Mehl, Bobby Rahal and Bill Simpson. There are now 148 members in the elite fraternity, which is located at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum.

The Origin of the No. 83: Charlie Kimball’s car number (83) has a very special meaning to not only him, but also his father, Gordon, and team owner, Chip Ganassi. In 1983 Chip Ganassi had his best finish at the Indianapolis 500 while driving a car that was designed by engineer and car designer, Gordon Kimball.

Keeping It In The Family: The driver of the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet is not the only Kimball with racing in their blood. Kimball developed his passion for racing after watching his father, Gordon, work as a design engineer for racing powerhouses, McLaren and Ferrari. Kimball’s sister, Rachael, has also made a career out of the sport, working with the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team.

Finding New Roads: All four Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) Indy cars are utilizing the Chevrolet 2.2-liter twin turbocharged V6 engine for 2014 season. The engine produces well over 600 horsepower and close to 300 lb. ft. of torque.

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


Follow Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing on Twitter: Continue to follow Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing (NNCGR) through Chip Ganassi Racing’s official team Twitter page. Find in-race updates and weekly news on the No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team throughout the 2014 season by following @CGRTeams.


Charlie Kimball and No. 83 Novo Nordisk Team

Last Time At Texas Motor Speedway: The Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team showed strength early in the weekend when Kimball qualified eighth and marked the highest oval qualifying effort of his Verizon IndyCar Series career. Rolling off the grid from the outside of row four, Kimball advanced to seventh within the first of 228 laps before a caution was displayed on lap five. During the nine-lap caution period, he would report that the No. 83 felt good with the exception of slight understeer in turns three and four. Following the restart, the No. 83 passed the No. 67 on lap 15 to nab the sixth spot. The car seemed to go off a little from there as the majority of the field slid back due to lack of grip and loss of down force over the long runs on the 1.5-mile oval. On lap 48, the team took to pit road from 12th position to make adjustments accordingly, taking tires, fuel and a turn of front wing. Shortly after on lap 54, a caution was displayed that caused several cars in the field (that made pit stops previous to the yellow) to fall a lap down, including the No. 83 in 16th. On the restart, Kimball passed the race-leading No. 1 car to regain his spot on the lead lap and produced his fastest lap of the night. The NovoLog FlexPen car remained on the lead lap until lap 98 where several cars came to pit lane. Through the remainder of the race, the team worked on down force and tire strategy while running through the lapped cars. With 29 laps remaining, Kimball came in for his final pit stop of the night from 15th and exited the pits 18th before a pass on the No. 7 took him to 17th three laps later. The team held 17th for the remaining laps until eventually crossing the finish line.

Left Turn Only: Throughout Kimball’s four season Verizon IndyCar Series career, he has qualified in the top 10 five times (Texas 2011, New Hampshire 2011, Kentucky 2011, Texas 2013, Fontana 2013) and he has finished in the top 10 six times (New Hampshire 2011, Indianapolis 2012, Fontana 2012, Indianapolis 2013, Pocono 2013, Fontana 2013) on ovals. While his first podium came on a street course in the streets of Toronto, Kimball’s second podium of his career came on an oval at Pocono Raceway in 2013.

Race Rewind – Belle Isle: Race 1 – Kimball started the first leg of the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit in the 20th position on the outside of the 10th row. On lap six of 70, the field saw an early full-course yellow and the NNCGR crew brought in the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet for the first stop of the day under yellow. When the field went green on lap 10, Kimball restarted in the 20th position once again. By lap 15, the No. 83 had moved up two positions to 18th. The field went to a full-course yellow again on lap 18 and after a pit cycle under the yellow, Kimball was sixth on the restart on lap 21. On lap 32, Kimball entered the pits in third to make his second stop of the day for fuel and tires and exited back out into the field in the 12th position. The No. 83 worked its way back up to eighth on the restart on lap 45 from a yellow that occurred on lap 37. Kimball pitted for the last time on lap 48 for fuel and tires and was in the 12th position after a full-course yellow that went green again on lap 60. The No. 83 moved up to ninth position by lap 64 and would see the checkered flag in the same position.

Race 2 - The No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet qualified once again in the 20th position for the second leg of the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit. The field saw an early full-course yellow on lap one of 70 that involved three cars in Turn four. Kimball was able to avoid contact by driving into the run-off area of the track and using reverse to get back on track. NNCGR used the full-course yellow to complete their first pit stop for fuel and tires on lap three and the No. 83 was in the 19th position on the restart. By lap 28, Kimball had worked his way up to the fourth position and would pit for the second stop of the day on lap 29. At the halfway mark of the race, Kimball was in the 10th position and by lap 48 was up to the fourth once again. The NNCGR crew would pit for the final time on lap 50 and would reenter the field once again in fourth. With 12 laps to go, the field saw another full-course yellow and Kimball was fourth on the restart. As the field went green again on lap 63, Kimball passed teammate Scott Dixon to get into the third position where he would cross the finish line for his first podium of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

Kimball, On The Firestone 600: "I'm looking forward to heading back to Texas Motor Speedway. Last year we had a great qualifying run, and the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen was really quick during the race. Unfortunately we were just caught up by the cautions and timing, so we didn't get the result we wanted. This year with the added race mileage, it will be interesting to see how the Verizon IndyCar Series teams adjust strategy-wise. Coming from a strong finish in Detroit, the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team will be working hard to continue to carry that momentum onto the high-banking, wide track this weekend."

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