Kimball Finishes 13th in Kentucky
SPARTA, Ky. (October 2, 2011) – Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing (NNCGR) driver Charlie Kimball finished 13th in the Kentucky Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway.
The Novo Nordisk team arrived at Kentucky Speedway looking to capitalize on their strong performance from the last oval event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, where Kimball captured his career-best finish of ninth after qualifying in the top-10 for the second-consecutive race. The IZOD IndyCar Series rookie picked up his fourth top-10 starting position after qualifying the No. 83 Levemir and NovoLog FlexPen car 10th on the 1.5-mile oval.
The green flag flew for the Kentucky Indy 300 and Kimball would find himself falling back one position to 11th, trailing the top 10 by only a few car lengths. The Novo Nordisk team maintained a consistent run throughout the first half of the 200-lap race, only falling a few seconds behind the leaders. With 40 laps to go, Kimball had battled his way back into the top 10 but would get shuffled back during a restart and cross the finish line 13th.
With the finish, Kimball remains third in the IZOD IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year point standings and 19th overall.
Up next for Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing is the IZOD IndyCar Series World Championship at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, October 16, 2011 (3:00 p.m. ET, ABC).
Charlie Kimball: "It was a really good day for Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing. We were strong all day and I had a great car. The No. 83 Levemir and NovoLog FlexPen car started out great and I think we made it a little bit better in the middle of the race. About half-way through that last stint on the last restart, I didn't keep up with the car balance like some of the other guys did and that put me a little off at the end when I needed it. I got chopped a couple of times and shuffled back, but proved all day we can run inside the top 10 and have the pace to be there on long green flag stints as well as restarts. I'm really looking forward to doing it again and taking it another step forward in Las Vegas."