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2014 Iowa: Charlie Kimball IndyCar Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Jul 09, 2014 - 05:42 PM
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2014 Iowa: Charlie Kimball IndyCar Race Preview


Race: The Iowa Corn Indy 300, July 12
Drivers: @RaceWithInsulin
Car: No. 83 Levemir® FlexTouch® Chevrolet
Track: Iowa Speedway (0.875-mile tri-oval)
TV: NBC Sports Network 8:00 PM ET
Social: @CGRTeams #RaceWithInsulin


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Meeting the Wildcat: Charlie Kimball was reunited with the 1983 Patrick Wildcat last week at Pocono Raceway that his father Gordon Kimball designed at. A vintage car collector had the car on display and Kimball was given the opportunity to meet the new owner and get an up-close look at his father’s design. Team Owner Chip Ganassi drove the ’83 Wildcat at the Indianapolis 500.

New Look: Starting at the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of 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.

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

Iowa Fast Facts: The Iowa Corn Indy 300 will be the eighth Verizon IndyCar Series event at Iowa Speedway. Teams will race an extra 50 laps on the 0.875-mile oval for the first time this year. The seven previous races were 250 laps.

Last Time at Iowa Speedway: After rolling through last year’s heat race qualifying 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.

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 – Pocono Raceway: Kimball and No. 83 Levemir® FlexTouch® Chevrolet started in the 17th position of the 200-lap race. In the first few laps of the race, Kimball lost two positions, but by lap four had gained back those plus one more and was up to the 16th position. By lap 20, Kimball had gained another position and was up to 15th and continued to move forward to ninth before pitting for the first time on lap 31. After the first stop, Kimball reentered the field in 12th and maintained that position for the next 20 laps. Kimball reported a bit of understeer on lap 61 before pitting for the second stop of the day for fuel and tires and was up to 11th on lap 65. The No. 83 pitted again on lap 90 for tires, fuel and adjustments and was 15th at the halfway mark of the race. Kimball stayed in 12th until he pitted on lap 120 for fuel and tires and then pitted again on 150 from the 18th position. The Pocono INDYCAR 500 saw its first yellow on lap 158 and Kimball pitted under yellow from the 14th position for a splash of fuel. After rejoining the field, Kimball reported a strong vibration in the car and pitted again on the next lap as the field went green. NNCGR brought the No. 83 in for the final pit stop of the race on lap 193 from the 16th position and reentered the field in 17th, where Kimball and the No. 83 would cross the finish line.

Kimball, on the Iowa Corn Indy 300: "After a tough race at Pocono, the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team is more than ready to get back out there and show what we can do at the Iowa Corn Indy 300. We are so much better than our result showed and I know we'll be able to work through recent challenges. Last year we raced inside the top 10, and it was all about finding the right line on the short track while working through traffic. We made a lot of gains when we tested at Iowa Speedway a few weeks ago, so I think we're well-prepared for the race weekend and a good finish for the No. 83 Levemir® FlexTouch® Chevrolet."

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