Chip Ganassi Racing and Novo Nordisk Team Up for 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series Season
New Team to Feature Driving Talents of Rising American Indy Car Pilot Charlie Kimball
INDIANAPOLIS (December 16, 2010) -- Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGR) today announced the formation of Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing, featuring rising American Indy car driver Charlie Kimball. Ganassi's IZOD IndyCar Series stable continues to expand with the addition of the new team, which will be sponsored by diabetes care world leader Novo Nordisk. Kimball will drive the No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing entry in 2011.
Novo Nordisk has sponsored Kimball since he joined INDYCAR in the 2009 season, and the partnership between Novo Nordisk and CGR makes him the first driver from the 2010 Firestone Indy Lights Series to move up the official "Mazda Road to Indy" with a full season sponsorship.
The creation of the new team allows Novo Nordisk to continue as Kimball's primary sponsor, with naming rights to the car, as well as other branding elements. Kimball will also continue to make appearances for Novo Nordisk throughout the country, with the award-winning Race with Insulin™ campaign and other diabetes programs.
Diagnosed with diabetes in 2007, Kimball monitors his blood sugar before, during and after each race, and uses the Novo Nordisk insulin Levemir® (insulin detemir [rDNA origin] injection) and NovoLog® (insulin aspart [rDNA origin] injection) and a pre-filled insulin pen device, called FlexPen® to help manage his diabetes.
Charlie Kimball, Driver, Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing: "I am honored to join Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing and excited to be moving up to the IZOD IndyCar Series. This is a dream come true and I am very proud to work with Novo Nordisk and continue to spread the message that diabetes does not have to slow you down."
Camille Lee, Vice President of Diabetes Marketing, Novo Nordisk: "We have sponsored Charlie for the past two seasons in the Firestone Indy Lights Series and seen his development not only as a race car driver, but also as a role model to thousands of people with diabetes. We are excited to join Chip and the entire Ganassi organization to ensure Charlie's success not only on the race track, but also with Novo Nordisk to prove that diabetes does not have get in the way of your dreams."
Chip Ganassi, Owner, Chip Ganassi Racing Teams: "Many don't realize this, but we have had a relationship with Charlie for a number of years now. I have been keeping close tabs on him and his successes in racing from afar for a while now -- whether he was racing in Formula 3 in Europe, or running in the Firestone Indy Lights Series the past few seasons. We're excited to have the opportunity to turn this longstanding relationship into a reality with Charlie and Novo Nordisk."