Charlie Kimball, 2012 IICS Milwaukee IndyFest Pre-Race Notes & QuotesBy Official Release
Race: Milwaukee IndyFest 225, Saturday June 16 (1:00 PM ET, ABC)
Track: Milwaukee Mile (one-mile oval)
Location: West Allis, Wisconsin
Follow CGR on Twitter: Follow @CGRTeams for official updates from Chip Ganassi Racing’s IZOD IndyCar Series drivers Charlie Kimball and Graham Rahal.
Team Manager Mitch Davis on Milwaukee: “The Milwaukee Mile has been around as long as the Indy 500. To win at this historic track would be great for the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team. Charlie has been racing the new DW-12 Dallara with the new Honda V6-Turbo package and we are looking forward to a great race this week at The Milwaukee Mile.”
Honda Power: Honda remains second in the manufacturer point standings with 51 points, closing in on Chevrolet with 54. Lotus remains third with 28 points.
Texas Hold Em’: The one-two finish by Justin Wilson and Graham Rahal in the Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway marked Honda’s third consecutive sweep this season (Dario Franchitti/Scott Dixon; Indianapolis 500 and Dixon/Franchitti; Belle Isle Detroit Grand Prix).
There’s an App for that: Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) and SapientNitro SM recently re-launched an updated mobile application, which is one of the first for the high-velocity world of racing. The application brings fans updated driver and event information, and exclusive content in one centralized and expansive mobile experience, bringing to life the rich heritage and legendary success of CGRT. The unique mobile application conveys the high-octane rush of the racing experience for a team that competes at the highest levels in three series – the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS), IZOD IndyCar Series and GRAND-AM Rolex Sports CarSeries. Click here to visit the iTunes Application store and download the CGRT mobile app.
CHARLIE KIMBALL AND THE NO. 83 NOVO NORDISK TEAM
Follow Charlie on Twitter: Follow @racewithinsulin for updates as the driver of the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Honda completes his sophomore year with Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing in the IZOD IndyCar Series.
Texas Recap: Kimball finished 23rd at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS). The finish came in his 24th careerIndyCar Series start and his third start at TMS. The Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team started the race from the 16th position. After holding the spot for a total of eight laps, Kimball would battle for position on the 1.5-mile oval before an early on-track incident would cause him to retire from the race on lap 29 of the 228-lap race. Within the first 30 laps, the No. 83 FlexPen Honda made a half-spin, and took Kimball into the SAFER Barrier off of turn four resulting in contact with the car’s left-side.
Living in the Fast Lane with Diabetes: Follow Kimball’s live blog at www.CharlieKimball.com for race weekend schedules, post-practice thoughts, race day preparations, and behind-the-scenes photos.
Kimball Behind-the-Scenes: Kimball and the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing crew is featured in a 60-second national television spot, which began running during the week of February 27 and will continue to air for several months. In addition, Novo Nordisk will be running videos about NovoLog FlexPen featuring Kimball and the NNCGR team at track-side events throughout the season.
Welcome to the Team: Novo Nordisk, recently expanded its motorsports initiatives to include an official partnership with INDYCAR as the official diabetes care sponsor of the IZOD IndyCar Series. Novo Nordisk entered the sport in 2009 as the primary sponsor of Kimball in Firestone Indy Lights and advanced to the IZOD IndyCar Series with Chip Ganassi Racing in 2011, where Kimball became the first licensed INDYCAR driver with diabetes to finish the Indianapolis 500.
In the Points: Following Texas, Kimball moves from 11th position to 14th in the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings with 132 markers, -124 points behind the leader.
A Perfect 10: Kimball has top-10 finishes in four of the seven IZOD IndyCar Series races this season, which already doubles his previously tally of two top-10 results in 2011.
Career at Milwaukee: Kimball scored a top-10 finish inFirestone Indy Lights at the Milwaukee Mile during his first attempt on the one-mile track in 2009. In his first IndyCar attempt at the track in 2011, Kimball would start 21st and finish 14th.
Kimball on Milwaukee: “I love the challenge that the Milwaukee Mile presents to IndyCar teams and drivers. Without a lot of banking, there’s not a lot of room for error. It creates some of the best racing all season. Passing is always challenging and the racing is so intense, which makes it fun for us on track. The Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team will be working hard this weekend to add to our top-10 finishes and gain back some championship points.”
About Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Inc.
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 four 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 14 championships and 147 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400 and four 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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