Ganassi teams unite with Novo Nordisk, Kimball's "Race with Insulin" Initiative
Chip Ganassi Racing Teams and partner Novo Nordisk, a world leader in diabetes care, announced that IZOD IndyCar Series driver Charlie Kimball (No. 83 Novo Nordisk) and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teammate Jamie McMurray (No. 1 Chevrolet SS) will both sport Race with Insulin paint schemes during the race weekend of April 5-7.
The program will show that with the right management plan and "team" support, people with diabetes can start to get their diabetes on track.
In addition to the special paint schemes, all other CGRT cars (Scott Dixon's No. 9 Honda - IZOD IndyCar Series, Dario Franchitti's No. 10 Honda - IZOD IndyCar Series, Juan Pablo Montoya's No. 42 Chevrolet SS - NASCAR, and Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas' No. 1 BMW - GRAND-AM) will run blue tire rims to help launch the Race with Insulin Unites campaign.
The rims will emulate a blue circle, which is the International Diabetes Federation's global symbol for diabetes, to support Kimball's quest to educate people about diabetes.
"If our team can help others understand that even with diabetes, you can live life to the fullest, then we are glad to help," said team owner Chip Ganassi. "Charlie is an emerging talent in the race car, and he is an even better human being. A program like this speaks volumes about him."
Now in his third season with Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing, Kimball was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes during a routine physician's visit in 2007 while racing in Europe.
"I am able to live my dream and compete in the IZOD IndyCar Series because I have been fortunate to have the support of Novo Nordisk and my teammates, who are extensions of my on-track pit crew," said Kimball.