Carlin Racing’s Charlie Kimball in the No.23 Tresiba Chevrolet recorded his and the team’s best finish in the Verizon IndyCar Series to date with an eighth place finish in race 2 at the Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix presented by Lear on Sunday afternoon.
Kimball started the race from 21st place on the grid and made his way through traffic to record the top ten finish and speaking following the race, the Californian stated:
I’m really proud of the resiliency of this Carlin team. We didn’t get the job done all that well this morning in qualifying, but we had a nice clean race, good solid pit stops, and a really good strategy. It felt like I raced pretty cleanly and we had good pace in clean air, which helped us get good mileage when we needed to. I’m just so happy for the No. 23 car guys for getting a top-eight finish today. With Max (Chilton) coming home in the top 11 today, hopefully, we can get both of us into the top 10 in Texas next weekend.
Max Chilton in the No.59 Gallagher Chevrolet started the race from 17th place on the grid and came home just outside the top ten in eleventh place and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
It was a solid day, but a long day. It was basically a green race apart from the start. We had more pace today than we had yesterday and the team had really great stops every time we came in. I think I did the best mileage that I’ve done in my entire career by them telling me the fuel number and me sticking to it. Unfortunately, Charlie (Kimball) got me in the last stint and then I was in the marbles and was passed by a few others. We then had their pace and got one back, but it dropped us just out of the top 10. This has been a positive afternoon for the team as a whole, though, and we’ll concentrate, moving forwards, on getting both cars in the top 10.