Mr. Charlie Kimball - 2013 Huffines Discussion Scholar

Mr. Charlie Kimball

Izod IndyCar Series

“Diabetes in the FAST lane!

Charlie Kimball is the first licensed driver with diabetes to win a race in the IZOD IndyCar Series. Kimball, who began racing go-karts at age 9, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2007 and was forced to abandon his racing program mid-season. Kimball returned to the cockpit the following year and claimed a podium finish in his first race back in the car.

Kimball continues to compete in one of the most competitive racing categories in the world, proving that living with diabetes does not have to restrict him from traveling at speeds of more than 200 miles an hour and fulfilling his dream.

Today Kimball drives the No. 83 car for Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing in the IZOD IndyCar Series and is the first licensed driver with diabetes in the history of INDYCAR. On August 4, 2013, Kimball again made history by becoming the first driver with diabetes to win an IndyCar race, when he captured the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. Overall, he finished the 2013 Championship season in 9th place!