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Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Celebrates First IZOD IndyCar Series Win

Charlie Kimball Makes History as First Driver with Diabetes to Win an IndyCar Race

Plainsboro, NJ (August 6, 2013) /PRNewswire/ — Novo Nordisk, a world leader in diabetes care, is pleased to announce that Charlie Kimball, driver of the No. 83 NovoLog® FlexPen® Honda, has become the first and only licensed driver with diabetes to win an IndyCar race. This milestone was achieved as the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Team saw its first-ever IndyCar Series victory, secured at the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio on Sunday.

“This victory means the world to me and it’s a dream come true, but I could never have done it alone,” said Kimball. “I’m so fortunate to have the support of Novo Nordisk, my team and my crew, all of whom have played a crucial role in getting me to where I am today with racing, managing my diabetes, and in securing this win.”

Kimball was first diagnosed with diabetes in 2007 during a routine physician’s visit. Along with diet, exercise and the support of his doctor and crew, Kimball uses NovoLog® FlexPen® (insulin aspart [rDNA origin] injection) to help manage his blood sugar before and after races.

Despite an earlier incident in Saturday’s practice session at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Kimball rebounded in qualifying, starting fifth and led a race-high 46 laps, including the last 18 laps after passing Simon Pagenaud to take the lead. This win follows a string of strong performances from Kimball in his third season with Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing, including five top-10 finishes and a second place podium finish in Long Pond, PA. This win moves Kimball ahead four positions in the IndyCar point standings where he is currently tied for seventh place.

“We are all extremely proud of Charlie for securing his first IndyCar Series victory over the weekend,” said Camille Lee, senior vice president, Diabetes Marketing at Novo Nordisk. “This momentous win is not only significant for Charlie professionally, but it also demonstrates to the diabetes community people living with diabetes can still pursue their dreams.”

There are five races remaining in the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series, which ends on October 19. Now through September 15, fans still have a chance to cheer for Kimball in person through a contest inviting them to “join” the Race with Insulin® crew. By sharing Kimball’s story about the importance of team support, participants are eligible to win a three-day/two-night trip to the IndyCar World Championship in Fontana, CA.

Fans can enter by logging on to, visiting the Race with Insulin® exhibit in the IndyCar Fan Village at select IZOD IndyCar Series races, or via mail.*

Keep up with Charlie on Twitter by following him @racewithinsulin.

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*Certain restrictions apply. See official rules for entry information.

About Novo Nordisk
Headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk is a global health care company with 90 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care. The company also has leading positions within hemophilia care, growth hormone therapy and hormone replacement therapy. For more information, visit or follow our news in the US on Twitter: @NovoNordiskUS.

About Diabetes
In the United States, 25.8 million people have diabetesi, a condition in which the body does not produce enough or properly use insulin, the hormone needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life.

i2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet. Centers for Disease Control . Accessed August 4, 2013.