CHARLIE KIMBALL

 CHEVROLET

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Birthdate:         Feb. 20, 1985

Hometown:        Camarillo, Calif

Residence:         Camarillo/Indianapolis

Wife:                     Kathleen

Children:             Hannah

Website:               www.charliekimball.com

Twitter:                @charliekimball and @racewithinsulin  

Instagram:           @charliekimball

Facebook:             www.facebook.com/CharlieKimball

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Charlie through the years...

2011 St Pete-IndyCar Debut_LAT

2011 St Pete-IndyCar Debut_LAT

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2019_Charlie&KathleenKimball&daughter

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2017TexPole_IndyCarPhoto

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2005_Silverstone International

2005_Silverstone International

2017TexPole_Kathleen_CK_IndyCarPhoto

2017TexPole_Kathleen_CK_IndyCarPhoto

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2001_Karting (7)

2001_Karting (7)

2003RoadAtlanta

2003RoadAtlanta

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More about Charlie...

Personal Notes: Accepted into Stanford University but deferred admission to pursue racing career. 

His father, Gordon, was an engineer for IndyCar (Pat Patrick, Dan Gurney) and Formula One (McLaren, Ferrari, Benetton) teams. Born in Chertsey, England, while his father was working in F1. Received 2012 Jefferson Award for Public Service. First winning NTT IndyCar Series driver with Type 1 diabetes, diagnosed in 2007.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS


2019: Competed in an abbreviated season for Carlin Racing, competing in only 7 races. Secured two top-10 finishes at Portland and Pocono.

2018: Kimball completed his 8th consecutive IndyCar Series season with a new team entry, Carlin earning one top-five and six top-10 finishes. Celebrated a decade-long relationship with Novo Nordisk.

2017: Finished 17th in NTT IndyCar Series point standings for Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing secured first career pole position at Texas Motor Speedway on June 9 in record setting fashion. Led 53 laps through the season. Still holds the qualifying track record at Texas Motor Speedway.

2016: Finished ninth in NTT IndyCar Series point standings for Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing, matching his career-best championship finish. Finished fifth at the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 and recorded 11 top-10 finishes. Received the Firestone "Drive to the Finish" Award for completing the most laps of any driver during the season (2,066 of a possible 2,070, 99.8 percent).

2015: Scored 10 top-10 finishes, including two top-five results, and a podium finish at Sonoma with Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing. Recorded best finish at the Indianapolis 500 (third) and led 10 laps at the historic track.

2014: Recorded 10 top-10 finishes, including four top-five finishes and one podium finish with Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing. Earned the "Don’t Crack Under Pressure" Award for advancing the most cumulative positions during the season.

2013: Made history by becoming the first driver with diabetes to win an IndyCar race, the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio in August. Wins his first Rolex 24 At Daytona driving for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates with teammates Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Juan Pablo Montoya.

2012: Kimball secured his first career IndyCar podium, finishing 2nd in Toronto after starting 13th. Posted six Top-10 finishes and earned the Tony Renna Rising Star Award.

2011: Joined the newly formed Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team. Recorded two top-10 finishes in the No. 83 Novo Nordisk sponsored car in his rookie season. Became the first driver in history to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 with type 1 diabetes, finishing 13th.

2010: Started second season of Indy Lights points for AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport, in the No. 26 Novo Nordisk sponsored car. Finished the season strong with 4th place in overall points and was honored with the 2010 PNC Community Leader Award as driver who best displays community service or community outreach.

2009: Returned to North American racing with Team PBIR in Firestone Indy Lights. Competed at historic tracks, like the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and scored season best fourth place finish at Watkins Glen. Announced groundbreaking partnership with diabetes care company Novo Nordisk.

2008: Returned to Formula 3 Euroseries with Prema Powerteam. Finished second in opening round and first race with diabetes.

2007: Competed in World Series by Renault. Was prevented from completing the season due to being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Started working with Dr. Anne Peters and a team of diabetes specialists to first get healthy, then to return to the cockpit.

2006 - 2003: Competed in A1GP for Team USA, and various junior formulas including F3 Euroseries, British Formula 3, British Formula Ford, Formula Ford 2000, UK Formula Ford Winter Series and Skip Barber. Began go-kart racing at age 9, winning numerous national championships.




UP CLOSE & PERSONAL


Favorite hobbies: Boating, mountain biking, hiking, DIY projects

Favorite music: Alternative Rock

Favorite book: Peak Performance by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness

Heroes: My Dad

Favorite color: Checkered

Favorite vacation spot: Mountains in the winter, water in the summer

Favorite food: Anything my wife cooks

Favorite drink: A good Old Fashioned

Favorite dessert: Chocolate cake

Favorite movies: “Shawshank Redemption” and “Gone in 60 Seconds”

Favorite actor/actress: Ryan Reynolds

Favorite sport to watch on TV: Football or Playoff Hockey

Favorite restaurant: Bluebeard in Indianapolis

Favorite holiday: Memorial Day

Favorite present received (ever): GoKart age 8

Favorite season: Summer

Your answering machine message: Who has an answering machine?

Oldest thing in your refrigerator: The shelves?

Most interesting fact about your career: My basic helmet design hasn’t changed since GoKarts

Something most people don’t know about you: Dad jokes are my favorite jokes

Who would you like to have dinner with: Dr. Frederick Banting (co-discoverer of insulin)

Quality you value most in others: Integrity

What you’d be if you weren’t a racing driver: Fighter Pilot

How did you get started in racing: Started watching my Dad on TV when he was

working in F1 – and then started racing GoKarts together on the weekends.

How do you relax at the racetrack: Nap

How do you spend your spare time: With my family

Greatest fear: Snakes and heights

Secret wish: Teleportation and curing Diabetes

Most proud accomplishment: Working with Novo Nordisk to empower the diabetes community

Best advice your mother ever gave you: “If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life.”

Greatest influence on/in your life: My parents

What you like most about yourself: My analytical abilities

Most thrilling experience in a race car: Taking the twin checkered flags at Mid-Ohio

Most thrilling experience outside a racecar: Becoming a father

Toughest part of your job: Time away from family

Highest goal in racing: Winning the Indy 500

What would a successful life look like to you? Leaving a positive impact on the world