Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Sparkles and connections

It's back down in the 20s here in Indy, so I thought it's a good time as any to "think warm" and talk boating! Last Saturday I hung out at the Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show with Mid-Indiana Marine and Axis Wake. As always, the folks at Mid-Indiana and Axis put on a really impressive display. I'm biased, but I think the best was to see this sparkly-orange Axis A24 when I arrived. Yes, I'll be taking this one out on the water this summer!

Being at the show with all of the beautiful boats made me really anxious to get on the water, so I'm already deep in planning a trip with friends for this summer!

Can't wait to get in the water!
Isn't she pretty?!
The boat show was really busy, and it was great to meet a lot of IndyCar fans and make some new connections. Thanks to the family wearing No. 83 shirts for stopping by! I even met a fellow type 1 named Britney. It always amazes me just how small all of my worlds are--from racing, to hobbies like boating, to the diabetes community--and how we're all connected!

Speaking of being connected, be sure you're following me on Twitter @racewithinsulin and on Facebook for updates from the track soon. This Saturday marks the first day of March which means it's almost time to go racing! Hope to see you at the track this season.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

#ThrowbackThursday - birthday edition

I didn't strain too hard this #ThrowbackThursday... just throwin' it back to the 2013 Indianapolis 500! And since today is my birthday, I can take it easy, right?! Thanks for all of the messages on Twitter and Facebook. I appreciate it! Any advice as I enter the last year of my 20s? I think 29 is a good age to kiss the bricks!

May 26, 2013

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

#ICMediaDay 2014

It's that time of the pre-season again, when all of the drivers come out of hiding to participate in IndyCar's annual media day. We put on our new firesuits and our best smiles for the camera. This year we're in Orlando for the day... no complaints from me, as it's at least 40 degrees warmer than it has been at home in Indy!

Follow along today on Twitter with the hashtag #ICMediaDay, and don't forget to follow me on Twitter all season long for more updates at @racewithinsulin!

We had a very productive day in Orlando--thanks to all of the members of the media for coming out. You can check out my full press transcript here via my friends at PaddockTalk.com.

Friday, February 14, 2014

A little IndyCar love

Happy Valentine's Day! I'm back in Indy after a trip out west for a couple of test days with the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team, Team Chevy, and my three teammates. We started in Fontana at Auto Club Speedway on Monday and I took my first laps around an oval with the Chevy engine. It's definitely different than what I was used to, but working with the other guys helped and we finished with a race-ready setup. After Fontana, I had a check-up appointment with my doctor then headed up north. On Wednesday we had a very successful test (after the fog cleared, of course) at Sonoma Raceway. The team had a long list of items to check off so we all worked together to get it done. We ended up with a pretty good pace to round out our time in Cali.

I came home to some fan mail, including this awesome drawing and letter from a young man named Caleb. Thanks Caleb! I'll hang this on my wall.

"Caleb & Mommy meeting Charlie"
Since it's Valentine's Day and I love IndyCar fans, I've got a few things to give away over on my Facebook page! Head on over to share this photo to win!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The best alternative to boating on the water? A boat show!

Thanks to our friend the Groundhog, it seems as though we've got at least six more weeks of winter before we can get back out on the water. Thankfully, I'll get my "boat fix" in a couple of weeks at the Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel Show! I'll be hanging out with the Mid-Indiana Marine and Axis Wake folks, and I hope to see you there too! I might even have some hats and goodies to sign and give away.

Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel Show
Indiana State Fairgrounds
Saturday, Feb. 22, 2-4 p.m.
Mid-Indiana Marine booth #402
For ticket information, please click here.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

#ThrowbackThursday - Race With Insulin edition

Happy #ThrowbackThursday! Today's post comes from Feb. 15, 2013 when Novo Nordisk, Chip Ganassi Racing and I announced a special Race With Insulin Unites initiative. It was really cool to see the support for the diabetes community from the entire CGR team--IndyCar, NASCAR and GRAND-AM. We followed up the announcement in April with all CGR cars sporting the blue circle wheels! 

To learn more about Race With Insulin, click here.

Learn more here. Photo via LAT USA Photography.