Notes: Make a date to watch Hinchcliffe on ‘Steve Harvey’

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Is the Mayor looking for a first lady?

Maybe, maybe not. Either way, James Hinchcliffe – the self-elected mayor of fictional Hinchtown when he’s not driving the No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda – played a version of the dating game for a recent taping of “Steve Harvey” in Chicago.

From all accounts, the episode that airs Tuesday on the nationally syndicated talk show was a riot. It wasn’t the first time Hinchcliffe and Harvey have shared the stage. The driver was part of an all-Verizon IndyCar Series team that competed in a recent taping of “Celebrity Family Feud” hosted by Harvey. That show airs this summer.

“Steve’s hilarious,” Hinchcliffe said. “We got to meet him and know him a little bit for the ‘Family Feud’ taping.

“That kind of led to this opportunity and I figured you only live once, so why not give it a try. It was fun to get to hang out with him again and see how he operates in a different environment.”

Check your local TV listings or visit steveharveytv.com to find when the episode airs in markets around the nation.

Kimball’s car number for Indianapolis 500 has special meaning

Charlie Kimball has become well-known as a successful and winning Verizon IndyCar Series driver who happens to have type 1 diabetes. In partnership with sponsor Novo Nordisk, the Chip Ganassi Racing Teams driver is taking another step to raise awareness in the fight against the disease by changing the number of the car he will drive in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

Charlie KimballKimball, who normally drives the No. 83 Chevrolet, will “borrow” the No. 42 from CGRT NASCAR teammate Kyle Larson to run on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval. The change was made to recognize that Tresiba, a once-daily, long-acting basal insulin approved for blood sugar control in adults with diabetes launched by Novo Nordisk earlier this year, lasts at least 42 hours after eight once-daily injections.

It also pays tribute to Larson, whose cousin, Justin Hinton, has diabetes and will be one of 42 people whose names are affixed to the car’s sidepod this month. Other leaders in the diabetes community whose names will be on the car include actor Ben Vereen, retired NBA great Dominique Wilkins and tennis star Billie Jean King.

 “It's going to be fun to cheer him on as well as all the other Chip Ganassi teammates,” said Larson, who joined Kimball, team owner Chip Ganassi and Novo Nordisk executives in announcing the number change today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “My cousin is a type 1 diabetic. I believe his name will also be on the car. That's pretty special to myself and my family. Gives me more reason to cheer on Charlie.”

Novo Nordisk is also making a $4,200 donation to the Indiana chapter of the American Diabetes Association on behalf of the driver leading Lap 42 of the Indianapolis 500 on May 29 and another $4,200 to the Charlotte chapter of the ADA for the driver who leads Lap 42 of the NASCAR Coke 600 that night.

“As an individual living with diabetes, Charlie continues to be such an inspiration and leader for the community of others affected by diabetes,” said Camille Lee, senior vice president, diabetes and obesity marketing, Novo Nordisk Inc. “By changing the number of the Tresiba Chevrolet to 42 and displaying names of real people touched by the disease on his car for this historic race, he is making great strides to honor the diabetes community.”

Kimball was diagnosed with diabetes in 2007, but it failed to deter his desire to become a professional race car driver. This is the eighth year Novo Nordisk has sponsored Kimball, who said he started taking Tresiba daily in December.

“The partnership with Novo Nordisk – I use 'partnership' there as a key word – it's more than a sponsorship,” Kimball said. “They make products and delivery devices I use every day to manage my diabetes, a big part of my daily lifestyle.

“It's a way to honor our relationship with Novo Nordisk with Chip Ganassi Racing, having that number on Kyle's NASCAR as well as we're going to honor the diabetes community with 42 names of influential people within the diabetes community on the (Indianapolis 500) car all month long.”

Of note

Andretti Autosport announced that United Fiber & Data will sponsor the No. 26 Honda driven by Carlos Munoz in this year’s Indianapolis 500. UFD has sponsored Andretti cars at Indianapolis in 2013 and ’14. … The preliminary overnight television rating for ABC’s broadcast of the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on Saturday was a 0.78. It represented a 13 percent increase from the 2015 rating.

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