Charlie Kimball will get a seventh season at Chip Ganassi Racing next year, and the American says that for rookies, staying in the IndyCar Series should be as big a priority as getting there.

Kimball has accrued six podium finishes in his six years at Ganassi, his highlights being victory at Mid-Ohio in 2013 and third place in last year’s Indy 500.

This season he finished ninth on the Verizon IndyCar Series points table for the second time in his career, largely on the strength of his consistency. The #83 Ganassi car finished 11 of the 16 races inside the Top 10, with his best results being a pair of fifth places at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and also the Indy 500.

But having confirmed to that he would get a seventh term with Chip Ganassi’s team, Kimball went on to say that aspiring IndyCar drivers needed to focus on longterm objectives, not just breaking into the IndyCar ranks.

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