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2014 Pocono 500: Charlie Kimball IndyCar Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Jul 03, 2014 - 06:18 AM
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2014 Pocono 500: Charlie Kimball IndyCar Race Preview

Race: The Pocono IndyCar 500 Fueled By Sunoco, July 6
Drivers: @RaceWithInsulin
Cars: No. 83 Levemir® FlexTouch® Chevrolet
Track: Pocono Raceway (2.5-mile tri-oval)
TV: NBC Sports Network 12:00 PM ET
Social: @CGRTeams #RaceWithInsulin


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Top Five Contender: Charlie Kimball made his third appearance in the top five of a Verizon IndyCar Series race in the 2014 season with a fourth-place finish in the second race of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston (GP of Indianapolis, Belle Isle). Kimball has collected seven top-five finishes overall in his Verizon IndyCar Series career (Toronto 2012, Barber 2013, Pocono 2013, Mid-Ohio 2013, GP of Indianapolis 2014, Belle Isle 2014, Houston 2014).

New Look: Starting last weekend 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 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

Pocono History: Until the 2013 Verizon IndyCar Series race at Pocono Raceway, the three-turn Tricky Triangle had not seen any open-wheel action since 1989. The 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series Pocono INDYCAR 500 will be the 21st Indy car race to take place at Pocono Raceway.

Taming the Tricky Triangle: In 2013, CGRT swept the Tricky Triangle podium with Scott Dixon coming in first, Kimball in second, and Dario Franchitti in third. This is the first time that one owner has placed in all three podium spots in a Verizon IndyCar series race at Pocono and it is the first time Chip Ganassi Racing has ever done it.

Last Time at Pocona Raceway: For the first time since 1989, open wheel cars lined up on the Pocono Raceway grid, with Kimball starting from the outside of row 4 in 12th position for a three-wide rolling start. As the field picked up speed for the first lap of the 160-lap race, the track immediately fell under caution for an accident in Turn 1. Coming out of the caution, the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen car showed strength early on and battled past cars in the top-10, where it would remain for the entire 160-lap race. On lap 34, Kimball led his first of four laps throughout the race before making his first pit stop. The Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team made quick pit stops throughout the race, represented by Kimball’s first stop which kept the No. 83 in the top-10 exiting pit lane. On lap 50, Kimball reported the NovoLog FlexPen car was experiencing slight understeer in Turn 1 of the 2.5-mile tri-oval. As the track fell under its second caution shortly after, pit lane opened, and the No. 83 team took advantage of the break to pit for fresh tires, fuel and a tire-pressure adjustment. The No. 83 steadily moved up the grid and led three additional laps which marked the second time Kimball has led laps on an oval and the fourth-time he has led laps in his IZOD IndyCar Series career (Indianapolis 500 - 2012, Grand Prix of Alabama - 2013, Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit - 2013). The NovoLog FlexPen Honda made its fourth and final pit stop from first with 24 laps remaining for tires and fuel. Following this stop, Kimball exited pit lane in second position alongside Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Dixon, in first, and Franchitti, in third. Kimball and his teammates held position for the final 27 laps until eventually crossing the finish line for a Chip Ganassi Racing one-two-three finish, tying career-best finish of second at Toronto in 2012 and mark his career-best finish on an oval.

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 – Reliant Park: Race 1 – In the first race of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston, the event was initially slated for 90 laps but due to track conditions and weather the race was shortened to one hour and 50 minutes. Kimball started in the 13th position on the inside of row seven and fell to the 15th position by lap six. The No. 83 car made its first scheduled pit stop on lap 24 for fuel and tires and made its way back up to the 12th position before the first full-course yellow on lap 29. The field went green on lap 33 but was put back under an immediate yellow for an incident between the No. 7 and No. 14 car. After another quick yellow on lap 37, Kimball was ninth on the restart on lap 42. The No. 83 Levemir® FlexTouch® Chevrolet was involved in an incident with teammate Scott Dixon on lap 49 after Dixon experienced a mechanical issue. Kimball was able to make it back to pit lane for the team to assess the damage and replaced the front wing and went back out to catch up with the field that was still under yellow. After the earlier incident was cleaned up, the field went green on lap 53 and Kimball was in the 16th position on the restart. Kimball stayed out with the field for a few more laps, but felt the car was not performing correctly and upon further investigation the team found major issues with the steering column. Kimball and the No. 83 car ultimately retired from the race with 14 laps to go.

Race 2 – Kimball started the second race of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston in the 19th position. Within the first six laps, Kimball had moved up a spot to the 18th position and by lap 26 had moved to the 11th position. On lap 28, the No. 83 was up to the eighth position before pitting for the first time for fuel and tires. Kimball reentered the field in the 13th position and then moved up to the 11th spot by lap 33. Kimball broke into the top 10 on lap 40 just prior to a full-course yellow for the field. The No. 83 pitted for the second time on lap 63 and was in the ninth position on lap 66. After another yellow flag on lap 67, Kimball was eighth on the restart and then moved up to fifth position on another restart on lap 81. The top 10 cars battled for position throughout the last 10 laps and Kimball ultimately moved up to the fourth position on lap 86. Kimball crossed the finish line in fourth for his third top-finish of the season.

Kimball, on the Pocono INDYCAR 500: "After recent testing, I think the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team is really strong heading into Pocono and the second half of the Verizon IndyCar Series season. The Tricky Triangle was good to us last year, but it's definitely called "tricky" for a reason. The longer race mileage this weekend will be an added challenge, and the weather is looking to be a bit cooler than last year. The No. 83 Levemir® FlexTouch® Chevrolet has the speed so we'll be working hard to make everything else--from qualifying to race strategy--work in our favor this weekend. I'm ready to make the Pocono INDYCAR 500 a 1-2-3-4 Ganassi finish this year!"

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