Meet Charlie Kimball, The First Licensed IndyCar® Driver With Diabetes
Charlie Kimball is a successful young race car driver who has lived and breathed
racing since the age of 9 when he began racing go-carts. After high school, he was
accepted into Stanford University, but chose to follow his dream of becoming a race
Kimball has a history of breaking the mold. In 2005, he shattered the European stereotype
that "Americans are not fast" by becoming the first American in 11 years to win
a British Formula 3 race. He went on to secure 2 track records and several Formula
3 victories in both Britain and other European countries.
Diabetes diagnosis didn’t slow him down
In 2005, at age 22, everything came to a halt when Kimball was diagnosed with type
1 diabetes and had to abandon his racing program midseason. He was afraid that he
would never race again, but with the help of his racing crew, his health care team,
and diabetes treatment, including NovoLog® FlexPen®
(insulin aspart [rDNA origin] injection), he got his diabetes under control and
was back in the driver’s seat by 2008. He even claimed a podium finish in his first
race since his diagnosis.
Kimball learned the importance of properly
managing diabetes and proved that diabetes doesn’t have to stop anyone from
accomplishing their dreams.
After 2 successful years in Firestone Indy Lights, Kimball joined the newly formed
Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team in 2011 for his rookie season in the IZOD
IndyCar® Series. Kimball went on to record 2 top-10 finishes in the
#83 Novo Nordisk IndyCar® and became the first driver in history
with diabetes to qualify, start, and finish the Indianapolis 500.
In January 2013, Charlie impressed his crews on and off the track when he and his
teammates won the Rolex 24 relay, his first win in a major touring series. Then
in February, Kimball joined with Chip Ganassi Racing Teams to launch the Race with
Insulin® Unites program, to support his quest to educate more people with diabetes.
On August 4th, he again made history, by becoming the first driver with diabetes to
win an IndyCar® race! Charlie took the checkered flag at the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio,
earning his first victory at the highest level of the sport. He also ran second
at the Pocono INDYCAR 500 and fourth in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. He has
been in the top 10 in more than half of his 19 races in 2013.
Preparing for races
Kimball prepares for his races by eating right, exercising, and using NovoLog®
FlexPen® to help control his diabetes while managing his insulin
delivery routine. On the track, Kimball’s doctor and crew watch his
blood glucose levels through a wireless monitoring system attached to his
arm. If his levels go too low, he can sip a sugar-infused drink from his helmet
to bring them back up. Kimball and his crew rigorously prepare before each race
to ensure that his body runs smoothly—just like his car.
Charlie Kimball continues to race in one of the most competitive categories in the
world, proving that living with diabetes doesn’t slow him down.
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