Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Six Quick Questions With Charlie Kimball

Last year Charlie Kimball signed with Chip Ganassi, qualified as a rookie for the Indianapolis 500, grabbed two Top 10 finishes, and inspired the diabetic community by his participation in the IZOD IndyCar Series. This year, Kimball will be back with Novo Nordisk Ganassi Racing in the #83 car for his sophomore season in the IZOD IndyCar Series. With discussion of the new DW12 car, a look back at 2011, and thoughts towards the season to come, he sat down with us for a session of Six Quick Questions:

Thanks, Charlie. How’s your offseason been, and how have you been occupying your time over the winter?

CK: The off-season has been good. I have still been really busy doing appearances in the diabetes community, training hard, and spending some time with friends and family over the holidays. I am not sure how it got to be late January, but I am ready to get in a car!

Novo Nordisk is back for another year as your sponsor. What sort of feedback did you get from them from their first year as a primary sponsor in the IZOD IndyCar Series?

CK: Everything I heard from Novo Nordisk last year was positive. They loved being along for the ride (pardon the pun!) and were blown away by the response we both received throughout the year.

Looking back on the 2011 season, what was your favorite or top moment?

CK: Qualifying weekend at the Indy 500 is a memory I will not soon forget! It was special, stressful, traditional and successful; so much emotion in 36 hours!

New tracks for this year include Qingdao (China), Fontana, and Belle Isle. Is there a new course you’re really looking forward to visiting, or perhaps one from last year’s schedule you’ve got circled as really wanting to get back to?

CK: I will always love racing at Long Beach with it being so close to home in California, but I am glad we are going back to Fontana as well. I used to go to the open-wheel races at Fontana as a kid!

When will you be getting some seat time in the new DW12, and how have you been preparing for that?

CK: My first couple of days in the DW12 will be right at the end of January, the 31st and the 1st of February. To prepare, I have been picking the brains of everyone who has been involved with the Honda development car, including my teammates Scott, Dario and Graham. I have talked to all the engineers, I have looked at data and talked to the mechanics—I was really trying to fill time until I get to do laps myself!

Have you set any personal goals for yourself in regards to the upcoming IZOD IndyCar Series season?

CK: The goals for this year are to qualify and finish consistently in the top-10 with a few podiums thrown in. With the right circumstances, a win is not out of the question either!

Kimball at Edmonton, 2011 IICS Season
(Courtesy IndyCar Media)

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