(This is the latest in a series of stories tracing the roots of Verizon IndyCar Series drivers through their own words. writer Phillip B. Wilson asks drivers where they grew up and what first sparked their interest in racing. Today’s subject: veteran Charlie Kimball, who joins the new Carlin team this season.)

Wilson: What’s your earliest memory?

Kimball: For me, having been born in England, I remember playing with friends in England and then moving to Italy. We’d go to the grocery store – my mom, sister and I – and going to the grocery store and not speaking a lick of Italian. There was this woman from New Jersey who had married an Italian man (who would help them).

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