On the Gas with Gappens: August 2011
I bet you've never heard of Charlie Kimball. He was born in England and you could say racing was in his blood. He climbed behind the wheel of go karts when he was nine. You know nine year olds and go-karts go together like macaroni and cheese. The kid had skills.
The passion for racing coursing through Charlie's veins triggered a bold decision after graduating high school with high honors. Charlie Kimball was accepted to Stanford University in California. But he decided to forgo schooling and follow his passions back to the track. Considering Charlie's dad worked for McLaren, Benetton and Ferrari, it's probably not all that surprising the career path Charlie chose in his youth. He found his way to faster cars on the European circuit and by 2007; he was competing in the World Series by Renault.
Unfortunately for Charlie, racing is not all that was in his blood. Charlie was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes about five years ago. What began as a promising career behind the wheel of some of the fastest cars in the world suddenly became a fight against an unexpected and frightening health scare. The 2007 season took a backseat to just battling diabetes. But Charlie put up a good fight. He took his racing passions and focused that energy on treatment, making the necessary changes to his daily routine and getting back into a race car.
In his first race back, he finished second. By 2009, he was in the Firestone Indy Lights Series. Today, he drives the No. 83 Levemir and NovoLog Flexpen, Honda/Dallara in the IZOD IndyCar Series. Charlie doesn't complain about the extra steps he has to take to get ready on race day. He doesn't use diabetes as an excuse or as a crutch of any kind. Charlie just drives hard and tries to win every time he climbs into his open-wheeled race rocket.
Charlie Kimball is just one of the drivers who will be at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Aug. 14, for the MoveThatBlock.com INDY 225 at That's just one story. It's a great story, but just one. Come to "The Magic Mile" later this month and cheer on Charlie. Or get to know another driver's story. We all have something to cheer about. See you trackside!