Kim­ball scores full IndyCar sea­son

Antelope Valley Press - - SPORTS - By JENNA FRYER

Char­lie Kim­ball and his long­time spon­sor will move to AJ Foyt Rac­ing for the up­com­ing IndyCar sea­son. Kim­ball is the only driver so far an­nounced for Texas-based team, which is seek­ing fund­ing to keep two cars on the track in 2020. Kim­ball on Wed­nes­day was named the full-time driver of the No. 4 Chevro­let. The car will be spon­sored by Novo Nordisk, a global health­care com­pany.

CHAR­LOTTE, N.C. — Char­lie Kim­ball and his long­time spon­sor will move to AJ Foyt Rac­ing for the up­com­ing IndyCar sea­son. Kim­ball is the only driver so far an­nounced for Texas-based team, which is seek­ing fund­ing to keep two cars on the track in 2020.

Kim­ball on Wed­nes­day was named the full-time driver of the No. 4 Chevro­let. The car will be spon­sored by Novo Nordisk, a global health­care com­pany that has been associated for 12 sea­sons with Kim­ball, who is di­a­betic.

Novo Nordisk will be the pri­mary spon­sor at St. Peters­burg, Long Beach, the road course at In­di­anapo­lis, Texas, Gate­way and the sea­son fi­nale at La­guna Seca. The com­pany will be an as­so­ciate mar­ket­ing part­ner in the re­main­ing 11 races.

Foyt was dealt a blow late last sea­son when long­time spon­sor ABC Sup­ply said it was scal­ing back to fund only the In­di­anapo­lis 500. It has put Tony Kanaan’s fu­ture in jeop­ardy as he’s seek­ing the fund­ing for a fi­nal farewell sea­son.

It also opened Foyt’s seats to driv­ers who can bring fi­nan­cial back­ing, and Kim­ball has done that most of his ca­reer. He ran a par­tial sea­son of seven races last year, all with new team Carlin.

“I’m ex­cited and hon­ored to join AJ Foyt Rac­ing and be a part of a team that has such deep roots in his­tory at the In­di­anapo­lis Mo­tor Speed­way and IndyCar,” Kim­ball said. “Con­tin­u­ing the part­ner­ship with Novo Nordisk is also spe­cial since they have been an in­te­gral part of my ca­reer since I was di­ag­nosed with Type 1 di­a­betes.

“I’m more mo­ti­vated than ever to work with the team to suc­ceed at ev­ery IndyCar race in 2020.”

Kim­ball has one ca­reer victory, in 2013 when he drove for Chip Ganassi Rac­ing, in 141 ca­reer IndyCar starts. He also won the pole in 2017 at Texas, where Foyt’s team is lo­cated out­side of Hous­ton.

Team Pres­i­dent Larry Foyt ex­pects the part­ner­ship with Novo Nordisk and the ad­di­tion of Char­lie Kim­ball, an IndyCar Series race win­ner at Mid-Ohio (2013) and a pole win­ner at Texas Mo­tor Speed­way (2017), to in­vig­o­rate his No. 4 Texas-based team this sea­son.

“Char­lie brings a great deal of ex­pe­ri­ence and skill to the team,” said Larry Foyt, team pres­i­dent. “He is mo­ti­vated to show what he can do be­hind the wheel, and his re­cent ex­pe­ri­ence of help­ing de­velop cars will be ben­e­fi­cial as we work to get the 4 car mov­ing up the grid.”

The team is ex­pected to make more spon­sor an­nounce­ments, and pos­si­bly fi­nal­ize a deal with Kanaan to race at least the In­di­anapo­lis 500, by the end of Jan­uary.

Associated Press

MOV­ING — Char­lie Kim­ball pre­pares to drive dur­ing prac­tice for the In­di­anapo­lis 500 on May 15, 2019, in In­di­anapo­lis.

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