IndyCar Driver Charlie Kimball: Diabetes Won't Slow Him Down

TAMPA (2011-4-13) -

Regardless of how it looks, driving a race car is nothing like driving your everyday vehicle around town.

There’s no cupholder for your Trenta Caramel Macchiato. There’s no time for unscheduled pit stops. And you have to be in amazing shape.

So when pro race car driver Charlie Kimball went to the doctor for a simple skin rash and left with a diagnosis of diabetes, he thought his career was over.

“But I talked to the endocrinologist, and he looked me straight in the eye and said, ‘There are amazing people doing incredible things with diabetes the world over. Driving a race car shouldn’t be any different,’” recalls Kimball, 26, the first driver with type 1 diabetes to race in the IZOD IndyCar Series.

In his first race after the diagnosis, Kimball finished in second place.

“I knew that I was going to be not just as good a driver, but I think a better athlete because of my diabetes,” says Kimball, who recently stopped by the University of South Florida to educate the public about insulin delivery options. “I’m more aware physically to how prepared I am, what I eat and the job I do before I get in the race car.”

In the above video, Kimball explains how he stays fit for the fast lane.

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