Friday, January 27, 2012

A long overdue update...

I know, I know… it’s January 27, 2012 and I haven’t blogged since March 2011. It turns out, your rookie year in the IZOD IndyCar Series tends to get a bit busy and unfortunately I neglected my blog. However, this year will be different. I’m going to keep you updated as we prep for the 2012 season and plan to blog each race weekend so you know what’s going on at the track. See? I wrote it down, so it will happen! I promise.

As I head into my first test in the Honda DW12 car in a few days, I’ll take the chance to quickly talk about 2011. There were plenty of ups and downs, but I came out with two top-10 finishes and a ton of experience. Racing in the Indianapolis 500 for the first time is something I will never forget. There’s nothing like qualifying weekend in Indy or heading out to pit lane on race morning. It still gives me chills to think about it!

Rooting for Stanford at the Fiesta Bowl with family! 
The off-season started off with an awesome trip to Hawaii, followed by the announcement of a multi-year extension of the partnership between my sponsor Novo Nordisk and Chip Ganassi Racing Teams. I’d say my off-season started off pretty well, huh?! I am so honored and fortunate to have the support of both Novo Nordisk and Chip Ganassi Racing. I can’t thank them enough for allowing me to pursue my dream. The rest of the winter was filled with quality time with friends and family, lots of physical training, and appearances in the diabetes community. Now, I’m more than ready to get back in a car!

On Tuesday and Wednesday, I’ll have my first test days in the DW12 at Sebring. I’ve been picking the brains of engineers, mechanics, my teammates—basically anyone who has been within five feet of the new car! Now the only thing left to do is actually get some laps in the car myself.

I’m really looking forward to 2012… I have my goals set on top-10 qualifications and finishes, hopefully with a few podiums as well. Thanks for reading, and I’m glad to have you along for the ride!


  1. My Husband & I were traveling south on US 27 through Haines City yesterday and we saw your big truck. I wrote down your name and race number and googled you when I got home. It was great getting to read about you & your accomplishments and wish you well with your upcoming race season and your health. Thanks to seeing your truck rolling down the road and the internet I will enjoy following you this year! Cheryl

  2. Thanks Cheryl! Hope to see you at a race this season.

  3. Dear Mr. Kimball!

    Glad to get the update - including all the good news about your sponsor(s)! We will all be looking forward to a new year with you in that new RaceKar!

  4. Charlie:

    Thanks for all you're doing to help people stay healthy! As an athlete, you're getting plenty of exercise -- that's important for everyone, but especially people with diabetes.

    And hats off to Novo Nordisk for being so supportive. Good health and great racing: an American dream team!

    Dan Henkel
    American College of Sports Medicine/Exercise is Medicine