Kimball Finishes 18th after Late Mechanical Issue in Long BeachPress Release
LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 15, 2012) – Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing (NNCGR) driver Charlie Kimball finished 18th in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on the Streets of Long Beach in Long Beach, California.
The Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi team ran a solid race, holding a top-10 position for 68 laps and running as high as third on lap 52 of the 85-lap race. Kimball made his final pit for fuel on lap 80 and suffered a gearbox failure when exiting the pits. As a result, the No.83 NovoLog FlexPen Honda dropped 14 positions, with five laps to go, and retired from the event taking an 18th place finish on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn street circuit.
As a result, Kimball is now 20th in the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings with 44 markers, -83 points behind leader Will Power.
Up next, Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing will compete in the Sao Paulo Indy 300 on the Streets of Sao Paulo on Sunday, April, 29 (12:00PM ET, NBC Sports Network).
Charlie Kimball: “It was a great race, however it was disappointing for us with the gearbox failure at the end there. The whole Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi team did a great job all weekend. I had the best NovoLog Flexpen Honda car I’ve had in a long time. I think we can take this momentum and shoot for the top-10 in the next few races.”
About Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
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 Daytona. 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
Source: Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Inc., Press Release
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