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Friday, August 30, 2013

Race Car Driver Brings Diabetes Community Along For The Ride

An open-wheel race car has room for only one person: the driver. But when Charlie Kimball is in the cockpit, he brings the diabetes community along for the ride.

Three weeks ago, Kimball, the only driver in a major racing series with Type 1 diabetes, brought that community to a special place - the winner's circle of an Izod IndyCar Series race.

At the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Kimball scored the first victory of his IndyCar career. 

And as big as that triumph was for Kimball, it was equally meaningful for the many people with diabetes whom he inspires.

"I was blown away by the amount of support and outreach," Kimball said. "I know there are many people out there with diabetes, and I have met so many, but it still caught me by surprise how impressive and how significant the response was. It meant so much to me to hear from them."

Kimball is enjoying a breakthrough season. In his third year driving for Novo Nordisk

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