Carlin Racing’s Charlie Kimball in the No.53 Tresiba Chevrolet says that he hopes to take advantage of the big points scoring opportunities available as the Verizon IndyCar Series gears up for a triple header leading into the month of May starting with this weekend’s Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix.
Kimball who was classified in 20th place in the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg is excited to be heading to the first oval event of the new season and racing the oval universal aero kit for the first time this season. Kimball commented by saying:
I’m looking forward to going back to ISM Raceway with the No. 23 Tresiba Chevy Carlin team. With the three back-to-back upcoming Verizon IndyCar Series race weekends, there are lots of points to collect before May. It’s nice that we have some track data from the open test in February, so we’ll be using what we learned to quickly get up to speed as soon as we arrive in the desert. Since the checkered flag in St. Pete, we’ve had just one day on track, testing at Barber, but we’ve really worked to maximize every single lap as a learning opportunity. We’ll see how it plays out with the warmer temperatures, tires, and strategy in Phoenix. We’ll control what we can and adapt when needed.
Max Chilton who finished the opening race of the season in 19th place driving the No.59 Gallagher Chevrolet is also looking forward to getting back on track with Carlin this weekend.
Speaking ahead of the race this weekend, the Englishman commented by saying:
I think we’re all ready to get back out on track after St. Pete and a couple of weekends off. St. Pete was a great learning experience for the whole Carlin team and we feel like we made a lot of progress just in that one weekend. We know we have a lot of work to do to get where we want to be, but everyone here at Carlin is completely confident that we’ll get there in time. The No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet was solid in St. Pete, so we want to take that stability and turn it into some speed this weekend in Phoenix. We made big leaps forward here at the Phoenix open test in February and we’re just hoping that the data we were able to get is going to translate into some positive results on track. It’s a pretty packed weekend with it only being a two-day event, so we’ll have to make sure we get everything we can out of every lap we have in those two practice sessions.