Verizon IndyCar Series - Charlie Kimball

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Charlie Kimball
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Biography of Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball continued his racing career despite being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in October 2007, proving to be an inspiration. He works with sponsor Novo Nordisk to encourage young and old that diabetes doesn’t have to slow them down.

Kimball began racing go-karts at age 9 and was later accepted into Stanford University and chose to defer admission to follow his dream to become a race car driver. 

After his diagnosis, Kimball returned to the cockpit in 2008 and claimed a podium finish in his first race back in the car. Today, Kimball is the first licensed driver with diabetes to race at the most elite level of INDYCAR. In January 2013, he co-drove the winning entry in the Rolex 24 At Daytona in his first endurance sports car race. In August 2013, he earned his first Verizon IndyCar Series victory.

His father, Gordon, graduated from Stanford and is a respected open-wheel racing design engineer.


First start: March 27, 2011 (St. Petersburg)
First victory: Aug. 4, 2013 (Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course)

• Finished 14th in Verizon Indy Car Series standings for Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing.
• Recorded four top-five finishes, with best of third at Belle Isle 2.

• Finished ninth in IndyCar Series standings for Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing.
• Earned first career victory.
• Posted three top-five and 10 top-10 finishes overall.
• Qualified season-best fifth at Barber, Mid-Ohio and Auto Club Speedway.
• Led six races for 80 laps.
• Was running at the finish in 17 races.

• Finished 19th in IndyCar Series standings for Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing.
• Recorded six top-10 finishes, with a best of second at Toronto after starting 13th.
• Had a best qualifying effort of seventh at Baltimore.
• Did not compete at Mid-Ohio in August because of a hand injury suffered in testing.

• Finished 19th in IndyCar Series standings for Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing.
• Recorded two top-10 finishes, with a best of ninth at New Hampshire.
• Started in top 10 five times, with a high of seventh at Motegi.


• Finished fourth in Firestone Indy Lights standings for AFS Racing Andretti Autosport with five podium finishes.
• Had best finish of second four times, including three races in a row.

• Finished 10th in Firestone Indy Lights standings for Team PBIR with best finish of fourth at Watkins Glen.
• Had two top-five finishes (Watkins Glen and Edmonton) and eight top-10 finishes.

• Made six starts in the F3 Euroseries for Prema Powerteam with best finish of second at Hockenheim, his first race since being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.
• Competed in A1GP for Team USA at Zandvoort finishing eighth in the sprint race.

• Competed in 12 events in the World Series by Renault for Victory Engineering. Missed final races of the season after being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

• Finished 11th in the F3 Euroseries for Signature with a win at Zandvoort. Was the first American driver to win in the F3 Euroseries.
• Competed in two British F3 races, the Macau Grand Prix and the Masters of F3 at Zandvoort.

• Finished second in British Formula 3 for Carlin Motorsport, the top finishing rookie in the series.
• Won five races, set two track records. Was first American in 13 years to win a British F3 race.
• Competed in the Macau Grand Prix and the Masters of F3 at Zandvoort.

• Finished fourth in British Formula Ford recording two wins, three poles and 11 podiums for Team JLR.
• Finished eighth in the Formula Ford Festival.
• Won the Talley's New Zealand International Formula Ford Challenge for Team USA.

• Finished third as a rookie in the Formula Ford 2000 series with four wins and seven podiums.
• Finished third in the UK Formula Ford Winter Series with a win, two poles and three podiums in four starts.
• Won the Team USA Scholarship to race in New Zealand.

• Finished 10th in the Skip Barber Formula Dodge National Championship with
• Graduated to car racing and wins first race in SCCA Formula Ford competition.

Early Career
• Began go-kart racing at age 9, winning numerous national championships by age 16.

Year Series Starts Wins Poles** Top 5 Top 10 Laps Led RAF
2015 Verizon IndyCar Series 16 0 0 3 5 21 13
2014 Verizon IndyCar Series 18 0 0 4 10 0 15
2013 Verizon IndyCar Series 19 1 0 3 10 80 17
2012 Verizon IndyCar Series 14 0 0 1 6 3 11
2011 Verizon IndyCar Series 17 0 0 0 2 0 11
Total 84 1 0 11 33 104 67
Year Series Starts Wins Poles** Top 5 Top 10 Laps Led RAF
2009 Indy Lights 15 0 0 2 8 0 12
Total 15 0 0 2 8 0 12
* Under INDYCAR sanction RAF = Running at Finish
** Includes all poles, including those awarded based on entrant points
Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing

The team was formed in December 2010.

Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with more than 88 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care. The company also has leading positions within hemophilia care, growth hormone therapy and hormone therapy for women.

Novo Nordisk has sponsored Charlie Kimball since he joined INDYCAR in the 2009 season. Diagnosed with diabetes in 2007, Kimball monitors his blood sugar before, during and after each race, and uses the Novo Nordisk insulin Levemir and NovoLog and a pre-filled insulin pen device called FlexPen to help manage his diabetes.

Kimball drives the No. 83 car in the Verizon IndyCar Series.