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KIMBALL SCORES FIRST PODIUM OF SEASON AND TWO TOP-10 FINISHES AT BELLE ISLE

Posted: June 02, 2014
Results (with starting pos.) for the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit

Dual 1
1. (16) No. 12 Power, Chevrolet
2. (9) No. 15 Rahal, Honda
3. (8) No. 10 Energizer Chevrolet, (Kanaan)
9. (20) No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet (Kimball)

Dual 2
1. (3) No. 3 Castroneves, Chevrolet
2. (8) No. 12 Power, Chevrolet
3. (20) No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet (Kimball)

DETROIT, Mich. (June 2, 2014) – Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing (NNCGR) driver Charlie Kimball finished ninth and third at the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit on the Raceway at Belle Isle Park.

The Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit marked the first of three doubleheaders on the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule, where entrants raced in a pair of 70-lap races Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1 on the 2.36-mile temporary street circuit.

Dual 1 – Saturday, May 31

Kimball started the first leg of the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit in the 20th position on the outside of the 10th row. On lap six of 70, the field saw an early full-course yellow and the NNCGR crew brought in the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet for the first stop of the day under yellow. When the field went green on lap 10, Kimball restarted in the 20th position once again. By lap 15, the No. 83 had moved up two positions to 18th. The field went to a full-course yellow again on lap 18 and after a pit cycle under the yellow, Kimball was sixth on the restart on lap 21.

On lap 32, Kimball entered the pits in third to make his second stop of the day for fuel and tires and exited back out into the field in the 12th position. The No. 83 worked its way back up to eighth on the restart on lap 45 from a yellow that occurred on lap 37. Kimball pitted for the last time on lap 48 for fuel and tires and was in the 12th position after a full-course yellow that went green again on lap 60. The No. 83 moved up to ninth position by lap 64 and would see the checkered flag in the same position.

With the first race result, Kimball was 20th in the Verizon IndyCar Series point standings with 114 markers, 174 points behind leader Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Dual 2 – Sunday, June 1

The No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet qualified once again in the 20th position for the second leg of the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit. The field saw an early full-course yellow on lap one of 70 that involved three cars in Turn four. Kimball was able to avoid contact by driving into the run-off area of the track and using reverse to get back on track. NNCGR used the full-course yellow to complete their first pit stop for fuel and tires on lap three and the No. 83 was in the 19th position on the restart.

By lap 28, Kimball had worked his way up to the fourth position and would pit for the second stop of the day on lap 29. At the halfway mark of the race, Kimball was in the 10th position and by lap 48 was up to the fourth once again. The NNCGR crew would pit for the final time on lap 50 and would reenter the field once again in fourth. With 12 laps to go, the field saw another full-course yellow and Kimball was fourth on the restart. As the field went green again on lap 63, Kimball passed teammate Scott Dixon to get into the third position where he would cross the finish line for his first podium of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

With the result, Kimball moved from 20th to 14th in the Verizon IndyCar Series point standings with 149 markers, 177 points behind leader Will Power.

Chevrolet is leading in the engine manufacturer point standings with 931 points, leading Honda with 713.

Up next for Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing is the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor on Saturday, June 7 (8:00 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network).

NOTES

- In the first leg of the doubleheader, Kimball made up 11 positions from 20th to ninth.

- Kimball moved up six positions in points to 14th in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings after the doubleheader at Belle Isle.

- In the second leg of the dual, Kimball got his first podium of the season.

NNCGR Quoteboard

Charlie Kimball, No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet, Race 1: “It’s a great result for the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet. The Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team did a great in the pits and calling the strategy. They really gave me the opportunity to get it done out there on the track. The last few laps were definitely a bit frantic, but it was great to come away from the first race of the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit with a ninth place finish. We learned a lot in today’s race and our momentum should be really strong going into the second race tomorrow.”

Charlie Kimball, No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet, Race 2: “We ran a strong race today. I’m proud of this team and the work we did. We had a good Novolog FlexPen Chevrolet and our hard work paid off today. It was a fierce race and we were able to contend when it counted. There were some interesting moments out there at the end of the race over the last two restarts but we held our ground and got a podium finish.”