Carlin Racing’s Charlie Kimball in the No.23 Tresiba Chevrolet had a fantastic race at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday.
Kimball started the race from 23rd place on the grid and carved his way through the field to score Carlin’s first top ten finish in only their third Verizon IndyCar Series race having made their debut last month at the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.
Speaking the race, Kimball commented by saying:
I’ve always said there’s no quit in this team. We just keep making progress and it’s nice to finally be able to have a result to show for it. It was awesome to see how hard the team worked to put together a good race car and I can honestly say that the No. 23 Tresiba Chevrolet was the best car I’d had around here. We got a little lucky with yellows, but we’ll take some luck with a new team building our foundation in INDYCAR. A lot of credit to the guys though – they’ve worked so hard since October to make this happen. A top-10 finish is a start and hopefully moving forward we can qualify better so we don’t have to work so hard to get back into the top 10 moving forward.
Kimball’s team mate Max Chilton in the No.59 Gallagher Chevrolet started the race from 15th place on the grid and finished the event in 17th place.
Speaking following the race, Chilton commented by saying:
Unfortunately, the strategy just didn’t work out in our favor today. We qualified well and the team gave me a good race car in the No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet, but we just went the wrong way on a few strategy elements. Even though this isn’t where we wanted to be results-wise after our qualifying and warm-up efforts yesterday and today, I’m still proud of how much we were able to progress throughout the weekend. Now that we have another race weekend under our belts, we’ll be working hard to use what we learned and put everything together heading into Barber.