Carlin Racing’s Charlie Kimball, who drives the No.23 Tresiba Chevrolet says there is a special energy in Long Beach, the next stop on the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season, round three of the season.
Kimball is extra excited about the race as it is a home event for the Californian as he will have friends and family with him for the weekend.
Kimball believes that the team have progressed well over the first two races of the season at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg and at last weekend’s Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix at ISM Raceway. Speaking ahead of the race this weekend Kimball commented by saying:
I’ve been coming to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach for a long time-even before I was driving-and I have to say, it never gets old. There’s just a special energy here, and of course, it’s great to have family and friends come in for the race. The No. 23 team made a lot of progress from Race 1 to Race 2, and even more from the green to checkered last weekend in Phoenix. I think if we keep making these improvements, we’ll be able to put ourselves in a good spot in the field. The Long Beach race hasn’t always treated me well in the past, but I know that everyone at Carlin will be working to change our luck this weekend
Kimball’s team mate mate Max Chilton in the No.59 Gallagher Chevrolet is looking forward to the race this weekend, the Englishman commented by saying:
I’m a big fan of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. It’s really fun to see a race with so much history continue to be embraced by the west coast fans, and it doesn’t hurt that we’re able to put on such a good show with the close racing around there. I’ve had very similar qualifying and race results here the last two years that saw me move up quite a few spots from my qualifying position, so I’m hoping the No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet can continue that progress even further this weekend. We had a challenging weekend in Phoenix, but we took so many of the positives that came out of that weekend and are bringing them straight into Long Beach to build on. We’re just excited as a team to keep moving forward every race weekend to get to where we want to be.