Birthdate: Feb. 20, 1985
Hometown: Camarillo, Calif
Twitter: @charliekimball and @racewithinsulin
Charlie through the years...
2011 St Pete-IndyCar Debut_LAT
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.
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