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Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Indianapolis 500 Advance Notes

Tuesday May 15, 2012

 

Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Indianapolis 500 Advance Notes
Race:           Indianapolis 500 Sunday, May 27 (12:00 PM ET, ABC)
Track:          Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.5-mile oval) 
Location:       Speedway, Indiana
 
NOTES/NEWS
 
Follow CGR on Twitter:  Follow @CGRTeams for official updates from Chip Ganassi Racing’s IZOD IndyCar Series drivers Charlie Kimball and Graham Rahal.
 
Team Manager Mitch Davis on the 500:   “The Indy 500 is the greatest race in the world.  Drivers Charlie Kimball and Graham Rahal are both up for the challenge.  Drivers dream about having the opportunity to compete at this level is a race car.  The Chip Ganassi Racing teams work year-round to prepare for this event and if we stay focused we could be in victory lane for the 96th running of the Indy 500 on May 27th.  We are looking forward to an exciting month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”
 
There’s an App for that:  Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) and SapientNitro SM recently re-launched an updated mobile application, which is one of the first for the high-velocity world of racing.  The application brings fans updated driver and event information, and exclusive content in one centralized and expansive mobile experience, bringing to life the rich heritage and legendary success of CGRT.  The unique mobile application conveys the high-octane rush of the racing experience for a team that competes at the highest levels in three series – the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS), IZOD IndyCar Series and GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series.  Click here to visit the iTunes Application store and download the CGRT mobile app.
 
Honda Power:  Honda comes to Indianapolis Motor Speedway second in the Manufacturers’ Championship, with 24 points, trailing Chevrolet by 12.  Lotus is third with 16th.
 
Charlie Kimball and the No. 83 Novo Nordisk Team
 
Follow Charlie on Twitter:  Follow @racewithinsulin for updates as the driver of the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Honda completes his sophomore year with Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing in the IZOD IndyCar Series.
 
Living in the Fast Lane with Diabetes:  Follow Kimball’s live blog at www.CharlieKimball.com for race weekend schedules, post-session thoughts, race day prep, and behind-the-scenes photos.
 
Making Social Media History:  Kimball will serve as the first-ever Twitter reporter for Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the month of May.  As IMS’ only Twitter reporter for the month, Kimball will offer fans an exclusive, all-access pass to the Indianapolis 500 from a driver’s perspective.  The driver of the No. 83 will answer fan questions, share photos and participate in live chats at IMS.  To get involved, follow Kimball at: @racewithinsulin@IMS and @CGRTeams
 
Kimball Featured in “Car Town” Game:  In Car Town’s 2012 Indy 500 Challenge, race as one of the world’s fastest IZOD IndyCar Series drivers, Kimball.  By owning his car in-game, players have the chance to earn an additional bonus if their driver wins races in the real-world.  Featuring the new 2012 chassis design built for versatility, players can build and tune up their car for optimal performance on the popular Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Recruit friends and assemble the perfect pit crew to speed off to victory lane.  Having the best pit crew can lead to rewards; change tires and refuel your pace car in the quickest time to solidify your spot on the leaderboard.
 
Spreading the Word:  Throughout the IZOD IndyCar Series season, Kimball has made visits to churches, hospitals and medical centers to speak to families and children living with diabetes at each race location.  As an advocate for diabetes care and prevention, Kimball will continue his drive to inform and inspire on the subject throughout the month of May by visiting Indiana-based locations. 
 
Kimball Behind-the-Scenes:  Kimball and the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing crew will be featured in a 60-second national television spot, which began running during the week of February 27th and will continue to air for several months.  In addition, Novo Nordisk will be running videos about NovoLog FlexPen featuring Kimball and the NNCGR team at track-side events throughout the season.
 
Sao Paulo Recap:  Kimball had a career-best finish of eighth in the Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 on the Streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil.  The finish came in his 21stcareer IZOD IndyCar Series start and second at Sao Paulo, besting his previous career-best finish of ninth (St. Petersburg 2012, New Hampshire 2011.)
 
In the Points:  As a result, Kimball is now 15th in the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings with 68 markers, -112 points behind the leader Will Power.
 
Indy History:  Last season, Kimball made history as the first diabetic driver to race in the Indianapolis 500.  Kimball started his first 500-mile race from 28th and would cross the finish line in 13th-place as the second highest-finishing rookie.  This will be his second start in the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and his 22nd IZOD IndyCar Series career start.
 
Oval Success:  Kimball recently gave the Chip Ganassi Racing organization and Honda a sweep of the fastest laps during the IZOD IndyCar Series open test at Texas Motor Speedway.  Kimball ran a lap of 211.330mph in the No.83 Novo Nordisk Honda to take the top honors in the afternoon session, which was second overall.
 
Kimball on the 500:  "I'm more than ready to begin practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  May is a highlight of my season, and the opportunity to line up at the Yard of Bricks on race morning is something I never take for granted.  We've made a lot of progress on the ovals in testing recently.  We're really beginning to work well together on quickly figuring out what works on oval setups--me, Brad [Goldberg, engineer], Mitch [Davis, strategist] and the whole Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team.  Going into Opening Day on Saturday we'll be looking to build a strong foundation, with an emphasis on the all-important qualifying day.”
 
2012 STATS
 
 StartsWinsPolesTop 5sTop 10sPts. Pos./(Prev)
Charlie Kimball4000215/20
 
CAREER STATS
 
 StartsWinsPolesTop 5sTop 10s
Charlie Kimball210004
 
TEAM ROSTERS
 
Mitch Davis – Team Manger
 
No. 83 (IndyCar)
Crew Chief (R/F): Dan RushingGear Box (L/F): Jerry Bouchard
Engineer: Brad GoldbergComposite/Body: John Montgomery
Assistant Engineer: Gerado Gomez Tires/Transport: Carlos Fernandes
Fueler/Transport Driver: Phil DavisFront End (R/R): Brad Wright
Spotter: Chris KoppFront End (L/R): Mike Soboleski
Rear End Mechanic: Glen ScottRear End/Air Jack: Pat Nelson
 
 
About Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Inc.
Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 25 years and is considered one of the most successful as well as innovative owners the sport has anywhere in the world.  Today his teams include four in the IZOD IndyCar Series, two cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and one Daytona Prototype in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series.  Overall his teams have 14 championships and 145 victories, including three Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400 and four Rolex 24 At Daytonas.  Ganassi boasts state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis and Brownsburg, Ind. and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh, Penn.
 
For more information log onto chipganassiracing.com

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