Charlie Kimball

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Charlie Kimball
Charlie Kimball 2010.jpg
Kimball in 2010
Nationality American
Born (1985-02-20) February 20, 1985 (age 29)
Chertsey, England
2014 Verizon IndyCar Series
Debut season 2011
Current team Chip Ganassi Racing
Car no. 85
Starts 54
Wins 1
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Best finish 9th in 2013
Previous series
200910
2008–09
2006, 2008
2007
2005
2004
2003
2002
Firestone Indy Lights
A1 Grand Prix
Formula 3 Euro Series
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
British Formula Three
British Formula Ford
US Formula Ford
Formula Dodge

Charlie Kimball (born February 20, 1985) is an Anglo-American racecar driver currently competing in the Verizon IndyCar Series with Chip Ganassi Racing.

Career[edit]

2002–2005[edit]

Kimball's single-seater career started in 2002 when he took part in the American Formula Dodge national championship, finishing the season in 10th place overall. He also won three races in the SCCA Formula Ford series. For 2003 he moved up to Formula Ford U.S., finishing third overall with two race wins and seven podium finishes. He also contested the UK Formula Ford winter series, taking one race win to finish third overall.

In 2004, he competed in the full UK Formula Ford championship for Team JLR, taking two race wins and eleven podiums on his way to fourth in the championship. In the end-of-season Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch he finished in eighth place. His performances earned him a drive with front runners Carlin Motorsport in the 2005 British Formula Three Championship, where he took five race wins to finish an impressive second behind team-mate Álvaro Parente. He also finished 12th in the Marlboro Masters at Zandvoort, but failed to finish the season-ending Macau Grand Prix.

2006–2008[edit]

For 2006 Kimball stayed in Formula Three, but moved up to the Formula Three Euroseries with the French Signature-Plus team. He took one race win and three podiums to finish the season in eleventh place. Once again, he took part in the Masters Formula 3 race at Zandvoort and the Macau Grand Prix, finishing in 9th and 21st places respectively.

In 2007 he competed in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series for the Italian Victory Engineering team, alongside Dutchman Giedo van der Garde.[1] He competed in 12 races (leaving the series with 2 race weekends remaining) and finished 24th in points with a best finish of 8th in the Monza and Nurburgring sprint races. His departed the team due to the onset of Type 1 Diabetes which required hospitalization. As part of his ongoing treatment he wears a wireless blood sugar monitor and carries sugar water on board the car while racing.[2] In 2008 he returned to F3 EuroSeries for 6 races with Prema Powerteam. Late in 2008 he competed in the first round of the A1 Grand Prix series for A1 Team USA.

Firestone Indy Lights (2009–2010)[edit]

For 2009 Kimball signed to drive in Firestone Indy Lights for the new Team PBIR outfit. He stated that an influencing factor in his return to the U.S. is to increase Diabetes awareness in his home country.[3] Kimball finished 10th in points with a best finish of 4th at Watkins Glen International.

He returned to in Indy Lights in 2010 and signed with AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport. Despite not winning a race or pole, Kimball had four second place finishes on the season and captured 4th in points, one spot behind his teammate Martin Plowman.

IndyCar Series (2011–present)[edit]

It was announced on December 16, 2010 that Kimball would move up to the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2011, in which he would drive the #83 entry for Chip Ganassi Racing.[4] Kimball finished 19th in points with a best finish of ninth at the New Hampshire International Speedway. Kimball returned to the team in 2012 and again finished 19th in points despite missing a race due to injury. He finished second at the Honda Indy Toronto, his first career podium finish. In 2013, he competed in his first 24 Hours of Daytona race with Ganassi and was on the race winning team with co-drivers Juan Pablo Montoya, Scott Pruett, and Memo Rojas. Kimball also won his first IndyCar race on August 4, 2013 at the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio.

Personal[edit]

Kimball was born in England but grew up in Camarillo, California.[5] His father Gordon was a designer of Formula One and Indy cars.[6] At 22, Kimball was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and was forced to abandon his racing program midseason.[7] Undeterred, he climbed back into the cockpit the following year and claimed a podium finish in his first race after returning.[7] He is also the first licensed driver with diabetes in the history of IndyCar racing.[7] Novo Nordisk, the manufacturer of the insulin Kimball uses, became a full-time sponsor of his racing program in 2011.

Kimball is a long time fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers.[8]

Racing record[edit]

Complete Formula 3 Euro Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2006 Signature-Plus Dallara F306/010 Mercedes HOC
1

22
HOC
2

12
LAU
1

9
LAU
2

8
OSC
1

10
OSC
2

Ret
BRH
1

15
BRH
2

11
NOR
1

13
NOR
2

4
NÜR
1

10
NÜR
2

6
ZAN
1

11
ZAN
2

1
CAT
1

6
CAT
2

2
LMS
1

4
LMS
2

2
HOC
1

6
HOC
2

Ret
11th 31
2008 Prema Powerteam Dallara F308/047 Mercedes HOC
1

2
HOC
2

Ret
MUG
1

17
MUG
2

Ret
PAU
1

Ret
PAU
2

23
NOR
1
NOR
2
ZAN
1
ZAN
2
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
BRH
1
BRH
2
CAT
1
CAT
2
LMS
1
LMS
2
HOC
1
HOC
2
17th 8

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 DC Points
2007 Victory Engineering MNZ
FEA

Ret
MNZ
SPR

8
NÜR
FEA

16
NÜR
SPR

8
MON
FEA

Ret
HUN
FEA

10
HUN
SPR

Ret
SPA
FEA

13
SPA
SPR

Ret
DON
FEA

Ret
DON
SPR

13
MAG
FEA

Ret
MAG
SPR

17
EST
FEA
EST
SPR
CAT
FEA
CAT
SPR
24th 7

Complete A1 Grand Prix results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 DC Points
2008–09 A1 Team USA NED
SPR

8
NED
FEA

10
CHN
SPR

CHN
FEA

MYS
SPR

MYS
FEA

NZL
SPR

NZL
FEA

RSA
SPR

RSA
FEA

POR
SPR

POR
FEA

GBR
SPR

GBR
SPR

11th 24

American open–wheel results[edit]

(key)

Indy Lights[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Rank Points
2009 Team PBIR STP
10
STP
7
LBH
19
KAN
13
INDY
13
MIL
10
IOW
7
WGL
4
TOR
15
EDM
5
KTY
18
MDO
13
SNM
8
CHI
7
HMS
13
10th 310
2010 AFS Racing
Andretti Autosport
STP
4
ALA
2
LBH
2
INDY
2
IOW
13
WGL
11
TOR
4
EDM
4
MDO
3
SNM
2
CHI
14
KTY
6
HMS
13
4th 388

IndyCar Series[edit]

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rank Points
2011 Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda STP
22
ALA
10
LBH
24
SAO
16
INDY
13
TXS
30
TXS
23
MIL
14
IOW
22
TOR
21
EDM
17
MDO
11
NHM
9
SNM
26
BAL
21
MOT
23
KTY
13
LVS1
C
19th 233
2012 Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara DW12 Honda STP
9
ALA
25
LBH
18
SAO
8
INDY
8
DET
8
TXS
23
MIL
17
IOW
11
TOR
2
EDM
19
MDO SNM
21
BAL
18
FON
10
19th 260
2013 Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara DW12 Honda STP
12
ALA
4
LBH
21
SAO
10
INDY
9
DET
14
DET
7
TXS
17
MIL
17
IOW
12
POC
2
TOR
21
TOR
6
MDO
1
SNM
20
BAL
6
HOU
11
HOU
8
FON
10
9th 427
2014 Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara DW12 Chevrolet STP
20
LBH
23
ALA
10
IMS
5
INDY
31
DET
9
DET
3
TXS
8
HOU
18
HOU
4
POC
17
IOW
10
TOR
7
TOR
4
MDO
MIL
SNM
FON
13th* 317*
* Season still in progress
1 The Las Vegas Indy 300 was abandoned after Dan Wheldon died from injuries sustained in a 15-car crash on lap 11.
Years Teams Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)**
Top 10s
(Non-podium)***
Indianapolis 500
Wins
Championships
2 1 52 0 1 3 18 0 0
** Podium (Non-win) indicates 2nd or 3rd place finishes.
*** Top 10s (Non-podium) indicates 4th through 10th place finishes.

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2011 Dallara Honda 28 13 Chip Ganassi Racing
2012 Dallara Honda 14 8 Chip Ganassi Racing
2013 Dallara Honda 19 9 Chip Ganassi Racing
2014 Dallara Chevrolet 26 31 Chip Ganassi Racing

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