Postseason profile: Driving for success


Charlie Kimball, Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing

The cast: Race engineer – Brad Goldberg. Race strategist – Jim McGee/Lee Orebaugh. Chief mechanic – Mark Sampson.

Twitter: @charliekimball, @CGRindycar

The car: No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet

The driver: Turned 30 on Feb. 20. … From Camarillo, Calif., and resides in Indianapolis. … Kimball, who has type 1 diabetes, has partnered with global diabetes care leader Novo Nordisk, whose products he uses, to raise awareness of the importance of properly managing blood glucose levels and to demonstrate that diabetes can be successfully integrated into your life and your ambitions. As part of the partnership, Kimball makes appearances on behalf of the company.

Season finish: Placed 12th in Verizon IndyCar Series standings, up two positions from 2014 (one podium among four top-five finishes, with best of third at Belle Isle-2). … Completed fifth full season with team.

Video: Charlie Kimball reviews his season

Season stats: Kimball recorded two podiums – third place in the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 and in the season finale at Sonoma Raceway – among five finishes in the top 10. Fifth place in the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis made for a decidedly productive May. … Tied career high by leading laps in six races for 21 total laps, and was running at the finish in 13 of the 16 races (out by contact at Iowa and Belle Isle-1 – both of which he was relegated to 22nd place – and a late mechanical issue at Pocono Raceway – where he climbed from the 23rd starting positon to finish 12th). … Completed 2,055 of the 2,232 total laps. … Average finish on six ovals was 10.6; average finish on five road courses was 11.4; average finish on five street courses was 17.8. … Best qualifying was sixth at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Year over year: 2015 best qualifying sixth at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (13.3 average), best finish of third in Indianapolis 500 and at Sonoma Raceway road course (13.1 average). 2014 best qualifying sixth at Milwaukee and Auto Club Speedway (16.3 average), best finish third at Belle Isle-2 (12.6 average).

The gist: Kimball won the 2013 race at Mid-Ohio. … Has made 84 Verizon IndyCar Series starts. … Competed in Indy Lights in 2009 and 2010, finishing fourth in the 2010 championship. … Returns to team in 2016. ... Teammate to reigning series champion Scott Dixon, 2004 series champion Tony Kanaan, Sage Karam and Sebastian Saavedra.

The chart (below): Looking at how Kimball finished relative to his qualifying position in the 16 races:

2015 Tag Heuer Award - Charlie Kimball

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