Kimball Finishes 11th at Iowa SpeedwayPress Release
NEWTON, Iowa (June 24, 2012) – Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing (NNCGR) driver Charlie Kimball finished 11th in the Iowa Corn Indy 250 at Iowa Speedway, in Newton, Iowa. The finish came in his 26th career IZOD IndyCar Series start.
The Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team started the 250-lap race from 14th position. They would advance to 12th during the first caution and spent the opening stages of the race battling for position on the 0.875-mile oval. On lap 101, Kimball established himself in 10th and remained there for 11 laps until moving back to 11th. The No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Honda would make its final stop on lap 183 and would rejoin the field 14th. With 42 to go, Kimball worked his way back up to 11th where he would ultimately finish.
With the result, he dropped from 15th position to 16th in the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings with 164 markers, -122 points behind points leader Will Power.
Honda remains second in the manufacturer point standings with 62 points, -10 back to Chevrolet with 72. Lotus remains third with 36 points.
Up next, Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing will compete in the Honda Indy Toronto, in Toronto, Ontario, on Sunday, July 8 (1:00pm ET on ABC).
Charlie Kimball: “It was a fun night overall. I learned more in the second-half of tonight’s race than all of the short ovals we’ve done all year. I’ve got to give a lot of credit to the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing guys. I was working my marks. They rocked it in pit lane. There was one stop where we went by four or five guys in pit lane. They kept making the car better and giving me more and more speed in pit lane. I was learning in traffic. In the end there, we just brought it home, knocking on the door of a top-10, which is good to build some momentum heading into this string of road courses.”
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 148 victories, including four 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.
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Source: Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Inc., Press Release
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