Charlie Kimball
Charlie  Kimball
Chip Ganassi Racing
Charlie Kimball
Career stats
Verizon IndyCar Series
Indy 500 Wins
Total Poles
Race Wins
Feb 20, 1985
83 Honda USA Verizon P1 Award Road To Indy Graduate
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Camarillo, CA


(About his approach to 2017): "For me, it was looking at everything you've learned over the previous five seasons and applying it in the right way. You don't want to overdrive it, you don't want to grab it by the neck. Sometimes you just have to find the right places to push it."


  • First winning Verizon IndyCar Series driver with Type 1 diabetes, diagnosed in 2007.
  • Races with a continuous glucose monitor that wirelessly transmits data, so if his glucose level falls during the race, he can drink sugar water.
  • Drove to maiden Verizon IndyCar Series victory at Mid-Ohio in 2013.
  • Teamed with Juan Pablo Montoya, Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas to win Rolex 24 At Daytona for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates in 2013.


  • Accepted into Stanford University but deferred admission to pursue racing career.
  • Father, Gordon, was an engineer for Indy car (Patrick, 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.
2017 Verizon IndyCar Series 17 0 1 0 5 53 13
2016 Verizon IndyCar Series 16 0 0 2 11 5 15
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 117 1 1 13 49 162 95
2009 Indy Lights 15 0 0 2 8 0 12

** Includes all poles, including those awarded based on entrant points

RAF = Running at Finish

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 30 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 cars in the Verizon IndyCar Series, two cars in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, two cars in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, two factory Ford GT’s in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and two factory Ford GT’s in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Overall his teams have 18 championships and more than 185 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400, seven Rolex 24 At Daytonas, the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Ganassi boasts state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh, Pa.

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First Start
March 27, 2011 (St. Petersburg)
First Win
August 4, 2013 (Mid-Ohio)

Verizon IndyCar Series Highlights

  • 2016
    • Finished ninth in Verizon IndyCar Series point standings for Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing, matching his career-best finish.
    • Recorded best finish of fifth during both events at Indianapolis, finishing fifth in GP of Indianapolis and Indianapolis 500.
    • Led two races for five laps.
  • 2015
    • Finished 12th in Verizon IndyCar Series point standings for Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing with best finish of third at Indianapolis 500 and Sonoma.
    • Had three top-five and five top-10 finishes.
    • Led six races for a total of 21 laps.
  • 2014
    • Completed several impressive drives from the back in races, including going from 23rd starting position to finish fifth at Indianapolis GP, from 20th to third at Belle Isle-2 and 19th to fourth at Houston-2.
    • Finished 14th in Verizon Indy Car Series standings for Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing, in his fourth season with the team.
    • Had four top-five and 10 top-10 finishes.
  • 2013
    • Finished ninth in standings for Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing, earning first career victory in spirited drive at Mid-Ohio.
    • Posted three top-five and 10 top-10 finishes.
    • Qualified season-best fifth at Barber, Mid-Ohio and Auto Club Speedway.
    • Led six races for 80 laps.
  • 2012
    • Made 14 starts for Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing with best finish of second at Toronto after starting 13th, his first career podium.
    • Recorded six top-10 finishes (St. Petersburg, Sao Paulo, Indianapolis, Belle Isle Toronto and Auto Club).
    • Awarded Tony Renna Rising Star Award.
    • Led first career laps (three) at Indianapolis.
    • Missed Mid-Ohio race with hand injury.
  • 2011
    • Finished 19th as series rookie, with best finish of ninth at New Hampshire.
    • Started in top-10 five times, with a season-high seventh at Motegi.

Charlie's Road To Indy

  • 2010
    • Finished fourth in Indy Lights points for AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport, finishing second four times in 13 starts (Barber, Long Beach, Indianapolis, Sonoma).
    • Scored eight top-five and nine top-10 finishes.
  • 2009
    • Finished 10th in debut season in Indy Lights for Team PBIR with best finish of fourth at Watkins Glen.
    • Recorded two top-five finishes (Watkins Glen, Edmonton) and eight top-10 finishes.
  • 2008
    • Made six starts in 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.
  • 2007
    • 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.
  • 2006
    • Finished 11th in the F3 Euroseries for Signature with a win at Zandvoort – 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.
  • 2005
    • 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.
  • 2004
    • 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.
  • 2003
    • Finished third in the UK Formula Ford Winter Series with a win, two poles and three podiums in four starts.
    • Finished third as a rookie in the Formula Ford 2000 series with four wins and seven podiums.
    • Won the Team USA Scholarship to race in New Zealand.
  • 2002
    • Finished 10th in the Skip Barber Formula Dodge National Championship.
    • 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.