Carlin Racing’s Charlie Kimball in the No.23 NovoNordisk Diabetes Canada Chevrolet had a fantastic day at Honda Indy Toronto on Sunday.
Starting the race from 20th on the grid the Californian made his way through the field to finish in fifth place giving Carlin Racing thwir first ever Verizon IndyCar Series top five finish.
Speaking following the race Kimball said:
I’m just really proud of the Carlin guys. They fight and work so hard, weekend in and weekend out. They’re the first ones here in the paddock in the morning and the last ones out at night. We struggled a little on Saturday, but on race day we were able to bring it. We showed up in Toronto with a great foundation from Detroit Race 2, a top-10 car, and we were able to make it a little better this weekend. The No. 23 crew had two fantastic pit stops – that second stop was just rock solid. To be able to come out with a top five, leaning on fourth at the end, was a great way to cap off the weekend. Really pleased to bring home Carlin’s first top-five in the Verizon IndyCar Series and my first top five of the season.”
While Kimball had a great race his team mate Max Chilton in the No.59 Gallagher Chevrolet endured a disappointing event retiring on lap 34 following contact.
Speaking following the race Chilton said:
“It was just a really unfortunate day for the No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet and the whole Carlin Gallagher Racing crew. We were given a penalty under yellow that I’m not sure I completely agreed with, and then when we did go back green, everyone’s tires were still so dirty from driving through the caution zone that the contact was somewhat inevitable. A car spun out in front and then we were hit from behind, causing quite a considerable amount of damage. We were able to limp back around to pit lane, but once we got there, the team decided the damage was too extensive to continue. Just a tough break for the team, especially with how much I love racing here in Toronto.”