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  • From 220 mph to 3 mph: Slowing down to enjoy the ride
    Nov 15

    From 220 mph to 3 mph: Slowing down to enjoy the ride

    Via Outdoor Project Slowing down… it’s not typically something I’m comfortable with. As I explained in my first post, I spend my work days at speeds of 220 mph. If I’m slowing down, it means I’m either coming in for a pit stop or there is something wrong with the racecar. But after our trip, I have to admit… slowing down is (sometimes) okay. As I was preparing for a hike at Glacier National Park, I had to laugh a little about how similar it is to my race weekends. I had studied the trail map, turn by turn, much like I do for each racetrack. I double-checked my gear, swapping racing gloves for winter gloves and my fireproof racing suit for a wind-resistant jacket. We made sure to fuel up before hitting the trail, but no pit crew was required. To read more, please click here.

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  • IndyCar Power Couple: the Kimballs in the Old Northside
    Oct 30

    IndyCar Power Couple: the Kimballs in the Old Northside

    Via City Gallery Charlie and Kathleen Kimball are Old Northside residents, Indy transplants from Southern California, and big names in the world of auto racing. Charlie is an IndyCar driver and Kathleen has her own business, Kimball Marketing Group, launched over a year ago. They met each other in high school (but didn’t start dating until after college) and recently celebrated their three-year wedding anniversary. Charlie and Kathleen have two beloved dogs, Taj and Lilah, and love spending time outdoors, biking and hiking. After the racing season finished in September 2017, they embarked on a 3,000-mile trip across the country in their RV, visiting eight different national parks on the way from California back to Indianapolis. We caught up with them to find out their thoughts on living in Indy after the past seven years. What brought you both from California to Indy? Charlie: I moved to Indy in 2009 from our hometown of Camarillo, California. I spent about five years racing in Europe after high school, and I had just moved back home from England. It was great being back in Southern California, but it’s not just a tagline—Indianapolis really is the ‘Racing Capital of the World.’ I was racing in the Indy Lights Series by then, and if I wanted to move up to the IndyCar Series, I knew I’d need to be in Indy. Many of the race teams are based here so it’s important for networking, putting in the time with engineers, physical training, and building relationships. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_4490" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA[/caption]

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  • Lessons Learned From A Road Trip Rookie
    Oct 25

    Lessons Learned From A Road Trip Rookie

    Via OutdoorProject.com Growing up in Southern California meant I was almost inherently drawn to the outdoors. From mountain biking to surfing, I was lucky enough to have adventures waiting for me right outside my front door. The rush of catching a wave or finally reaching the top of a challenging bike trail is something I’ve always enjoyed. I started go-karting when I was nine, which gave me another outlet to achieve that sense of excitement through speed and the pursuit of victory. I worked my way up through the ranks of racing and now compete in the Verizon IndyCar Series, the premier level of open-wheel racing in North America. You’ve probably heard of the Indianapolis 500, a race held at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway, right? We hit speeds of 230 mph around that track and register five G’s at short tracks like in Phoenix or Iowa. So while I do get that adrenaline rush “at the office,” I still love spending time outside like I did as a kid. To read more, please click here.

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  • A bittersweet anniversary
    Oct 16

    A bittersweet anniversary

    October 16. It's always a bittersweet day, to celebrate something that totally upended my life. But I've also been very lucky to have this opportunity to meet so many incredible people and give back to the community. On my 10th diaversary today, I'd like to thank my family, friends, healthcare team, and supporters. Thank you for being a part of my journey!

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  • After the Checkered: Zion
    Oct 13

    After the Checkered: Zion

    Kathleen and I joined friends at Zion National Park in Utah this week, and both the company and views were fantastic! Driving at 230 mph? No problem. Navigating steep switchbacks? Slightly terrifying! Yes, after a day hiking through The Narrows in the Virgin River, I overcame my fear of heights to take on Angel's Landing. After all is said and done, it was definitely worth it! Click here to view the full video, and keep an eye on #KimballsGoKamping on Instagram and Twitter for more updates.

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  • 2018 INDYCAR schedule builds on consistency, adds Portland event
    Oct 12

    2018 INDYCAR schedule builds on consistency, adds Portland event

    Via IndyCar.com Consistency and stability, plus the return of a favored track in the Pacific Northwest, highlight INDYCAR’s announcement of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule that again contains 17 races. Sixteen of the 17 races from this year’s exciting and momentum-building season return in 2018, with most falling in the same spot on the calendar to further capitalize on their date equity. The newcomer to next year’s schedule is Portland International Raceway, which hosted Indy car races under CART and Champ Car sanction from 1984-2007, including what is still the closest race finish in Indy car history on a road or street course. The Portland event is set for Labor Day weekend in 2018. To read more, please click here.

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  • After the Checkered: Yellowstone
    Oct 5

    After the Checkered: Yellowstone

    We're spending a few days at Yellowstone National Park, and it has been incredible! From the wildlife to the views, this has already become a favorite stop of our #KimballsGoKamping adventure. Yesterday we spent about four hours at Mount Washburn, a popular mountain hike here at Yellowstone. We've also taken a trip to the geothermal area, checking out the geysers (including Old Faithful, of course) and the hot spring pools. Click here to watch the full video, and stay tuned for more!      

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  • After the Checkered: Glacier
    Oct 2

    After the Checkered: Glacier

    Happy October! Kathleen and I kicked off the month with a snowy and cold (but beautiful!) hike to the Grinnell Glacier at Glacier National Park. We knew the weather would be an added challenge, so we made sure to pack extra protective layers and food for yesterday's trip. Luckily we were able to enjoy the day before the big snowstorm hit... we headed further south to Butte, Montana for the night, and we'll be on our way to Yellowstone soon! Click here to view the full video, and keep an eye on #KimballsGoKamping on Instagram and Twitter for more updates.

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  • New media, new audiences yield new measure of INDYCAR success
    Oct 2

    New media, new audiences yield new measure of INDYCAR success

    Via IndyCar.com In 2017, the Verizon IndyCar Series expanded its use of new media to garner larger and often younger audiences. In this way, the sport is embracing the same demographic as its new “twenty-something” champion and establishing platforms for future growth. INDYCAR executed that strategic plan in several ways, led by event-based live streaming (excludes any broadcast content), which rose more than 300 percent from a year ago. More than 8.4 million views of INDYCAR’s event-based live content has been consumed, quadrupling the 2016 numbers, further proving the increasing demand for online motorsports content. In addition, INDYCAR produced live shows away from race weekends, including Fernando Alonso’s first Indy car test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which garnered more than 2 million viewers in a single day. Social following continued to trend strong, with total following now in excess of 1 million. Adding video content also drove higher fan engagement. To date, total visits to IndyCar.com have increased 25 percent and unique visitors are up 27 percent versus the same point last year. Engagement with Twitter content increased 372 percent year over year, Facebook followers have increased by 250,000 since this time last year, and the hashtag #INDYCAR has delivered nearly double the impressions versus 2016. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_4429" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA[/caption]

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  • INDYCAR's Pappas deems universal kit testing a success
    Sep 30

    INDYCAR's Pappas deems universal kit testing a success

    Via IndyCar.com As testing and development of the next generation of car moves from INDYCAR to its engine manufacturers and teams, the initial stages of the process have been deemed successful by those working closest with it. Bill Pappas, INDYCAR’s vice president of competition, race engineering, has been overseeing the development of a new universal body kit on the existing Dallara IR-12 chassis. Working with drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Oriol Servia, INDYCAR engineers have tested the new car on tracks representing the series’ four disciplines – superspeedways, short ovals, road courses and street courses. “Obviously you’re very happy that the results come out like they do,” Pappas said. “I look at this whole business as a business of passion. You have to be passionate about this. The hours and frustration really doesn’t cause you big heartache or headache. You just want to see it come to fruition. You want to see this become the next generation of Indy car – something we can all be proud of and excited about. Hopefully, everybody else sees that and wants to be a part of it.” To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_4435" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • After the Checkered: Olympic
    Sep 28

    After the Checkered: Olympic

    In this #KimballsGoKamping edition of the After the Checkered video series, Kathleen and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary by hiking the Hurricane Ridge at Olympic National Park, on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. The famous (or infamous, perhaps) mountain goats even made an appearance! Click here to view the full video, and keep an eye on #KimballsGoKamping on Instagram and Twitter for more updates.

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  • ABC Supply 500 to return to Pocono in 2018
    Sep 28

    ABC Supply 500 to return to Pocono in 2018

    Via IndyCar.com The Verizon IndyCar Series will return to Pocono Raceway in 2018, officials from Pocono Raceway announced. Tthe 2018 ABC Supply 500 race weekend will be held August 18-19 at the 2.5-mile triangular oval. It will mark the 25th Indy car race held ‘The Tricky Triangle’ and the sixth-consecutive year in which the Verizon IndyCar Series has competed at the track since returning in 2013. In 2017, the ABC Supply 500 saw a race-record 42 lead changes and 590 on-track passes, 524 of which were for position. The race was won by Team Penske’s Will Power, who became the first driver to win back-to-back Indy car races at Pocono Raceway. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_4432" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA[/caption]

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