I asked IndyCar fans to share their best interaction with the drivers of the IZOD IndyCar Series and Mazda Road to Indy. We'll be sharing the best of those stories over the remainder of the season. Today's story is from fan Magdalena Brown:
I've been a Charlie Kimball fan since the first time I saw his Novo Nordisk car. My father went through a terrible time with diabetes, and it really destroyed his health in his later years. Knowing I and the rest of my loved ones were at high risk, we had to make big lifestyle changes. Still, I was diagnosed with diabetes last year, which really shook me up badly, since I had seen my dad go through so much.
I was able to attend the Indy 500 for the first time 2008 this past year, and sure enough, we were able to find the garage with the #83 car back in Gasoline Alley! My sister and I took all sorts of photos, and were getting ready to leave when Charlie came out and signed a few autographs. We told him a bit about our family's history with diabetes, and while he kept signing for the fans, he took a good five minutes to talk with us about our trip, our current situation, and answered our (probably silly!!) questions about his month at Indianapolis. He was so encouraging and friendly and polite the whole time and it made our trip back to Indy one for the record books! So soon after losing my dad, it was touching to have that sort of kindness.
I don't know if Charlie remembers us or not, but neither my sister or me will forget him taking that time for two silly middle-aged ladies. We were so happy when he won this last week, and will cheer until we go bananas every time for that great young man! He's a great ambassador for diabetics everywhere, and a great reminder the fight can go on!
(If you have a great story about IndyCar fan/driver interactions, it isn't too late! Send them to mail.rpgblog(at)gmail.com, along with you name (or initials) and hometown! We'll publish the best on the site through the rest of the racing season!)