It was a really good day for the No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team. The car was really quick. We just have to get qualifying figured out. I have to find those two-tenths to get into the top-12 because the fact that we drove to the top-10, shows we have the pace. The guys in the pit lane today were awesome. The fact that we had to change the gear-stack in the end there in the middle of a race just shows that there’s a lot of credit to them. We’ll go back and figure out what went wrong and be stronger in these last two races.
|Met some of the Little Leaguers from Petaluma!|
|Speaking to Honda dealer guests up on the hill of Turn 2|
|Pre-race at Sonoma... more photos at CharlieKimball.com!|
Saturday, Aug. 25
Not an ideal qualifying session for the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen car, but we’re really close. Just a couple of 10th’s would have put us inside the top-12 of qualifying. We were just on the wrong side of that 10. As a team, the whole Novo Nordisk crew did a great job. Tomorrow, we have a really strong car for the race. We’ll just have to maximize strategy and opportunities as they come up and move forward throughout the day.
It's not quite time for qualifying yet, but I've already had an eventful day! First up was an appearance at the Novo Nordisk FlexPen Tunnel, where I met some IndyCar fans and really great people with diabetes.
|Novo Nordisk FlexPen Tunnel|
|Just chatting it up with an Olympic gold medalist.|
|Tyler with me and Graham.|
Friday, Aug. 24
Just finished up a nice dinner with some of my family members... one of the benefits of a "home" race here on the Best Coast for sure!
Unfortunately we only got about five laps on track today during practice after a spin early on in the session. It’s obviously disappointing to start off practice like that. I overestimated the track grip a little bit and spun off, and we weren’t able to get back out today. Our teammates are quick so we should be in good shape for tomorrow’s practice and more importantly tomorrow’s qualifying.
On a better note, check out these two stories from the media luncheon yesterday, via the Napa Valley Register and ABC News 10 (video!).
Thursday, Aug. 23
Hello from California! I just arrived in Sacramento and am heading to a media luncheon soon. Even though home is actually hours away, I always feel like I'm coming "home" for the West Coast races. I have some good friends and family coming out this weekend, so I look forward to putting on a good show for them (and all of you, of course)!
Below is a race weekend schedule (all times local/PT). Follow along with live timing and scoring for all sessions here.
Friday, Aug. 24:
2:50-4:05 pm Practice
Saturday, Aug. 25:
9:30-10:15 am Novo Nordisk FlexPen Tunnel appearance (in Fan Village)
10:50-11:50 am Practice
2:30-3:45 pm Qualifying
4:45-5:45 pm IndyCar driver autograph session (in Fan Village)
Sunday, Aug. 26:
9-9:30 am Warm up
12:30 pm Pre-race
1 pm Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma (live on NBC Sports Network)