AJ Foyt Racing will once again field a third car in the Indianapolis 500 this year. The team announced today that Charlie Kimball will drive the No. 11 Chevrolet during the Month of May, which includes the Indy Grand Prix before the Indy 500. Kimball will work alongside full-time Foyt drivers Sebastien Bourdais and Dalton Kellett.
Kimball will attempt to make his 11th Indy 500 start in May, and he has performed well on the 2.5-mile oval. He finished 3rd at Indy in 2015, leading ten laps and recording the fastest lap of the race and finished 5th the following year. The 35-year old will again have Novo Nordisk backing him with Tresiba sponsorship. The full press release from today is below.
[AJ Foyt Racing Press Release]
AJ Foyt Racing announced today that Charlie Kimball will be back in the cockpit for two races in the 2021 NTT INDYCAR Series. The 35-year-old Californian will pilot the team’s No. 11 Tresiba Chevrolet in the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 30 after competing in the Indy Grand Prix on the IMS road course on May 15.
For the 13th consecutive season, Kimball will partner with his longtime sponsor, Novo Nordisk, a global healthcare company, as part of the company’s Race with Insulin initiative. Tresiba (insulin degludec injection) 100 U/mL, 200 U/mL is the insulin Charlie takes to manage his type 1 diabetes. Novo Nordisk has sponsored Kimball every year since his 2009 debut in the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tire Series. Kimball debuted in the NTT INDYCAR Series in 2011.
“I am excited to once again represent Novo Nordisk and the diabetes community and to join AJ Foyt Racing for the month of May,” Kimball said. “I have never run at Indianapolis without Novo Nordisk and to be able to return this year with the support of the legendary A.J. Foyt, Larry Foyt, and everyone at AJ Foyt Racing, will certainly be special.”
For the month of May, Kimball will be part of a three-car effort from the Texas-based team, partnering with Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 14 Chevrolet and Dalton Kellet in the No. 4 Chevrolet. Kimball ran the full 2020 season with Foyt and closed it out finishing eighth in St. Petersburg, Florida.
“It’s awesome to have Charlie and Novo Nordisk back for the month of May,” said Larry Foyt, president of A.J. Foyt Racing. “They were both great to work with throughout the challenges of 2020, and I’m glad we can continue the program. Charlie is focused on producing great results, and we are working hard to put the best group together for success.”
In 155 races, Kimball has posted six podium (top-three) finishes, and an additional eight top-fives. He has finished in the top-10 (6ththrough 10th) 45 times and has led 163 laps.
“Over the last 13 years, Charlie Kimball and Race with Insulin have become an important part of Novo Nordisk,” said Chip Amrein, lifecycle management and connected care lead. “We are pleased to join AJ Foyt Racing for both the Indianapolis Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500 this year and to continue supporting Charlie as an ambassador and inspiration within the diabetes community.”