Charlie Kimball basked in the sunshine of the Golden State for a milestone homecoming in his 100th career Verizon Indy Car Series race.

“Best coast, West Coast,” he said at the season-ending GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma on Sept. 18.

The son of a Formula One and Indy car designer grew up in California with dreams of a long, successful racing career. At 31, after concluding his sixth season in such a competitive series where drivers often come and go, he’s modestly established himself in terms of longevity.

Now Kimball just hopes he can win more races if he makes another 100 starts. The Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing driver’s lone series victory came in 2013 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

“It’s been way too long,” he said. “You get antsy. There’s times when it’s harder to keep the faith internally that, yeah, I’m still a winner, I can still do this. At the same time, when you’ve got a good team, you know you have it. You know you’re going to be successful. It’s just a question of when.”

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