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2014 Houston: Charlie Kimball IndyCar Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Jun 25, 2014 - 06:25 AM
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2014 Houston: Charlie Kimball IndyCar Race Preview


RACE SETUP

Races: The Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston Race 1, June 28
The Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston Race 2, June 29
Drivers: @RaceWithInsulin
Cars: No. 83 Levemir® FlexTouch® Chevrolet
Track: NRG Park (1.7-street course) in Houston, Texas
TV: Race 1: NBC Sports Network 3:00pm ET
Race 2: NBC Sports Network 3:00pm ET
Social: @CGRTeams #RaceWithInsulin

 

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New Look: Beginning with this weekend’s races in Houston and continuing with Verizon IndyCar Series events in Pocono, Iowa and Toronto, Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing driver Charlie Kimball will sport a new green livery on the No. 83 car. The new color scheme for the No. 83 Levemir® FlexTouch® Chevrolet is in support of Novo Nordisk’s Levemir® FlexTouch® - a pre-filled insulin delivery device that just launched here in the U.S. Kimball, who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 2007, uses FlexTouch® for his daily insulin delivery of Levemir® along with his NovoLog® FlexPen®. Novo Nordisk, the world’s leading diabetes care company, has been the primary sponsor of Charlie Kimball and the No. 83 car since Kimball made his IndyCar debut in 2011.

Role Model Duties: Kimball has made it a priority to visit with as many young people who have been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes as he can throughout the year, especially at the race track. In a program headed by his primary sponsor, Novo Nordisk, Kimball has met with young people with Type 1 Diabetes at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, the Chevy Indy Dual in Detroit, and the Firestone 600. Kimball shows the young patients around the garage and shares the story of his diagnosis to inspire them moving forward.

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.

Sweet Home Texas: After spending most of May in Indiana for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500, NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing will be spending much of June in Texas. The team was in Fort Worth the first weekend of June for the Firestone 600 and then will be racing in a double-header Grand Prix on the Streets of Houston this weekend.

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.

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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.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR THE GRAND PRIX OF HOUSTON

Charlie Kimball and No. 83 Novo Nordisk Team

Last Time at Reliant Park: Race 1 – Race 1 of the doubleheader weekend began with a standing start, where Kimball lined-up from the outside of row eight in 16th position. Upon the green flag, the initial standing start was aborted due to the No. 83 stalled on the grid. Shortly after, Kimball reported to pit lane that the No. 83 car’s clutch was failing, and the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team relayed they would be forced to push-start at the conclusion of each pit stop to get the car in gear. As the field went to re-grid for its second attempt at a standing start, Kimball lined-up at the rear in 24th position due to the stall. As the second standing start initiated, the course immediately fell to caution for contact made with a stalled car on grid. On lap four, Kimball was called to pit lane during the caution for his first pit stop of the race to check on the No. 83 and top-off on fuel. Four laps later, the NovoLog FlexPen car returned for a second stop to make a steering-wheel change in effort to address the clutch. As cars came to pit lane for their first stops and others experienced mechanical issues, Kimball worked his way up the field to enter the top-10 by lap 28. Through the course of the event, the No. 83 team would head to pit lane a total of five times, and continued to battle to the top-10. Following his final stop on lap 68, Kimball worked his way back to 10th to eventually sit in the top-10 for more than half the race (for a total of 50 laps). With only seven laps remaining, the No. 98 overtook the No. 83 for 10th position, dropping the No. 83 to an 11th place result.

Race 2 – The starting grid of Race 2 was set by entrant points, in accordance of the IZOD IndyCar Series rulebook, as a rainstorm washed out the 30-minute morning qualifying session. Opening the race from the inside of row five, in 10th position, the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team put tire strategy to use in the second leg of the doubleheader weekend and spent the race on primary tires for longer stints to run on a two-stop strategy. As the initial standing start was aborted, Kimball lined-up in the same spot for the second attempt and held ground in 10th position through the first green lap. Kimball remained in the top-10 for the first 26 laps until he made his first pit stop for primary tires and fuel from 14th position. A caution was flagged two laps later where several cars came to pit lane and the No. 83 began to rotate back to the front of the field. Through the course of the 90-lap race, Kimball avoided incidents and managed to stay clean through nine caution periods, totaling 26 laps, and spent the majority of the race in the top-10 for a total of 66-laps. Kimball settled in the ninth spot on lap 62 and remained there for the subsequent 27 laps until taking the car to eighth in the final lap to score his ninth top-10 of the season.

Moving On Up: Kimball has finished higher than his starting position in all but one of the six street or road courses of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Kimball had a strong showing at the Chevy Indy Dual in Detroit starting in the 20th position on both days and finishing ninth and third respectively at the doubleheader. At the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, he moved from his starting position of 23rd all the way to fifth and at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama he advanced from his starting position of 17th to a top-10 finish of 10th. Kimball started the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in the 19th position and finished in 17th and the only street or road course race where he did not finish higher than his starting position was at the season opener in St. Petersburg, where he started and finished in the 20th position.

Race Rewind – Texas Motor Speedway: After qualifying 15th for the Firestone 600, Kimball and the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet would start on the inside of the eighth row for the Firestone 600. On lap six of 248, the field saw a quick yellow for a fire from the No. 25 car that lasted for five laps. On the restart on lap 11, Kimball had lost two spots and was down to the 17th position but was back to his original starting position of 15th on lap 27. NNCGR conducted their first pit stop for fuel and tires on lap 57 and remained in the 15th position until pitting for the second time on lap 99 for fuel and tires. On lap 119, a multi-car incident between the No. 11 and the No. 19 brought out the yellow flag which allowed the No. 83 to pit for the third time under caution. The field went green on lap 134 and Kimball was in the 12th position on the restart. The No. 83 pitted for the fourth time on lap 172 and was still in 12th by lap 179. NNCGR conducted their last scheduled pit stop on lap 212 and Kimball was up to the 11th position on lap 218. Lap 240 saw another fire that caused the field to go yellow once again and in a reordering procedure, Kimball was advised to go through the pits. While conducting the drive-through, the No. 83 stopped for service on pit lane on lap 244 and the field went green on lap 246 for the final two laps. The No. 83 crossed the finish line in the eighth position. After review of the final yellow’s reordering procedure, INDYCAR officials issued the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet a 30-second penalty that resulted in the loss of two positions for the final race order, which put Kimball in 10th position for the Firestone 600.

Kimball, On The Grand Prix of Houston: "After a couple of weekends away from the race track, I can't wait to get to Houston for the Verizon IndyCar Series double-header. It will be a tough one with the late June heat for drivers and crews alike, but the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team will be mentally and physically prepared. We had two successful days testing in Sebring last week so we were able to try a few things to simulate the street course. I'm also excited to debut the new colors of the No. 83 Levemir® FlexTouch® Chevrolet--it looks great and I know it will be fast. It will be all about being smart and consistent this weekend once we hit the track."

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