Managing Director Mike Hull on Long Beach: “The Long Beach Grand Prix has enormous Open Wheel equity – the winners of this race in F1, CART, and IndyCar represent the very best. The locals refer to it as the “race.” For us, it’s a Big Race to Win. All of our people are very energized to be recognized in Long Beach. Over the years, the race track configuration has been changed to match the downtown planners aggressive growth, but the common denominator continues to be curbs, concrete, and uneven surface. It truly represents a technical driver who finds the quickest route. Watch closely, as it isn’t always conventional.”
Charlie Kimball and the No. 83 Novo Nordisk Team
Hometown Hero: The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is a hometown race for Kimball. The 26-year old is from Camarillo, CA and will have over 50 friends and family members watching from the stands as he competes on one of his favorite tracks Sunday, April 17th.
First Top-10: Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing scored their first top-10 in Round 2 of the IZOD IndyCar Series at Barber Motorsports Park.
Kimball on Barber: "It was a great day for Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing. This was the first IZOD IndyCar Series race that I finished and I definitely learned my lesson from St. Pete. The guys pulled off great pit strategy throughout the race. All I had to do was drive by cars on the track and was able to come home 10th. Points mean prizes at the end of the year and now we can build on this for my home race at Long Beach next weekend."
Points Gain: Kimball gained 10 positions in the IZOD IndyCar Series championship point standings, advancing to 14th place.