Kimball scores top-five finish at Barber

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With the result, Kimball is now sixth in the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings with 51 markers, -28 points behind leader Helio Castroneves.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing (NNCGR) driver Charlie Kimball finished fourth in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama.

Charlie Kimball, Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
Charlie Kimball, Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

Photo by: Mike Geng

After posting a fast-six qualifying effort and finishing up the pre-race warm-up in first position, Kimball started the race from a career-best fifth position in the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Honda.

The Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Team showed strength early-on and advanced to fourth-position within the first lap. After the initial lap, the race would go under its first and only caution period for debris in turn 9 after contact in the back of the field. Six laps into the 90-lap race, the course would return to green, where Kimball battled to hold-off the No.19 and keep fourth-position. On lap nine, he would continue to show strength by passing the No. 25 to nab third.

As cars began to cycle through pit stops, Kimball advanced to second position, until he made his first stop of the race on lap 26 for fresh primary tires and fuel.

With 47 laps remaining, Kimball led a total of three laps on the 2.38-mile road course, marking the first time he has led laps on a street/road course and the second-time he has led laps in his IZOD IndyCar Series career (Indianapolis 500, 2012).

With 24-laps remaining, the No. 83 would come in for its third and final stop from third position to take alternate tires and fuel. While in fifth-place with 13 laps to go, Kimball passed the No. 12 car to take fourth-position, where he would ultimately finish.

With the result, Kimball is now sixth in the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings with 51 markers, -28 points behind leader Helio Castroneves.

Honda is second in the manufacturer point standings with 12 points, trailing Chevrolet with 18.

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