It may be the final Verizon IndyCar Series race of the 2016 season, but one driver will be celebrating at Sonoma Raceway this weekend.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Charlie Kimball will mark a milestone as the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma is his 100th Verizon IndyCar Series start. Kimball who began his Verizon IndyCar Series career in 2011 with Chip Ganassi Racing became the first IndyCar driver with diabetes to score a podium when he finished second at the Honda Indy Toronto in 2012.
In 2013, Kimball took his first Verizon IndyCar Series victory at the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. In 2014, he recorded 10 top ten finishes during the season and was awarded the ‘Don’t Crack Under Pressure’ prize for advances the most positions in a season.
Last year Kimball finished the Indianapolis 500 on the podium in third place. Kimball who drives the No.83 Tresiba® Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing goes into the season finale this weekend in 9th place in the standing on 389 points with two top five finishes and 10 top ten finishes.
Speaking to Paddock Eye earlier this Summer when asked what the highlight of his Verizon IndyCar Series career so far Kimball commented by saying:
I think winning at Mid-Ohio has to be at the top of the list as far as highlights of my career result wise. To me it is what we are there to do, we’re not there to finish second, we are there to go out and win races, so to get the job done in 2013 was special but at the same time I think driver introductions at my first Indy 500 being the 100th anniversary of the first race was fantastic, being a part of Chip Ganassi Racing, a podium sweep at Pocono in 2013 where we finished 1,2 and 3 alongside Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti, that’s pretty good company. So those are some of my fondest memories in my career so far.
Kimball will take part in a live Facebook Q&A on Thursday September 15 on Chip Ganassi Racing Teams page – https://www.facebook.com/ChipGanassiRacingTeams/ at 1PM PT/ 4PM ET.
Paddock Eye would like to congratulate Charlie Kimball on making his 100th Verizon IndyCar Series start.