INDIANAPOLIS – Everyone loves a good Cinderella story right? It’s good to see the lesser talked about teams upset the favorites. Well, what about a lesser known driver driving for a big team?
Unfortunately, Charlie Kimball isn’t talked about much in the motorsports world. It’s a shame because he’s an excellent driver but an even better person. Every nice adjective you can describe about a person is Kimball. He’s also got a great story about overcoming type 1 diabetes and not allowing that to deter his dreams as a race car driver as he’s embarking on making his sixth Indy 500 start on May 29.
But, if you look at his stats for the ‘500, you’d see that honestly he should be among the favorites instead of a sleeper.
In his five previous Indy 500 starts, Kimball has four finishes inside the top 13. In fact, he has three top 10’s in his last four ‘500 starts including a third place effort a year ago.
So, why couldn’t Kimball be among the ones listed as favorites to win?
In my mind he is. He was so strong last year as he was the best finishing Ganassi car all month. He finished fifth in the GP of Indy and third in the ‘500.
So far this year, he was the top finishing Ganassi car again in the GP of Indy with a fifth place effort and looking for more for this year’s ‘500. In fact, he was so good as of late, a fifth place was “disappointing” for him in the road course race here.
But, it’s not just his recent stats in the ‘500 to why he should be a contender, it’s his stats this year as well.
Kimball, has finished in the top 12 in literally all five races this year. He finished 10th in the season opener at St. Pete, 12th at Phoenix, 11th at Long Beach, ninth at Barber and fifth at Indy.
That’s propelled him all the way up to a tie for sixth in the standings prior to qualifying for the ‘500, and honestly has a good car in race trim for the event that matters.
So, why not the underdog driving for the big team?
He’d be a great story.