Kimball Brings Home 30th, 23rd at Texas
Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing (NNCGR) driver Charlie Kimball completed his first doubleheader at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 11, 2011 bringing home 30th and 23rd-place, respectively.
Kimball started 17th in the first of the 114-lap two-race event on the 1.5-mile oval, marking the best qualifying result of the season for the IZOD IndyCar Series rookie. The No. 83 Levemir and NovoLog FlexPen car would maintain a steady pace inside of the top-25 until contact with another car would cause Kimball to hit the wall and end his run in the initial duel. The California-native was released from the Texas Motor Speedway medical center and cleared to compete in the No. 83 back-up machine for the final race.
The Firestone Twin 275s halftime show highlighted a random draw to determine the starting grid for the second duel which put Kimball eighth in the line-up.
Kimball took the green flag for the finale and would find a solid, consistent line in the No. 83T car while lacking radio communication to his Novo Nordisk team. The 114-lap sprint would end without any cautions allowing Kimball to cross the finish line in 23rd-place.
With the finishes, Kimball remains third in the IZOD IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year point standings and 19th overall.
Charlie Kimball: “I have to give so much credit to the Novo Nordisk team. The No. 83 Levemir and NovoLog FlexPen car and crew did a great job. Without them, I wouldn’t have done those last 114 laps of the race. They worked so fast to get the car turned over and not only that but it was a rocketship, it was fast. I learned a lot; it was unfortunate what happened in the first race but I learned from it and it showed in the second race. It was a long, hot night and we’ll be in better shape when we come back.”