Charlie Kimball and his road to INDYCAR success

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Tresiba® in the spotlight with race car driver Charlie Kimball

Born to race

Charlie Kimball, the first licensed INDYCAR driver with type 1 diabetes, has lived and breathed racing since the age of 9, when he began racing go-karts. After high school, he was accepted into Stanford University, but chose to follow his dream of becoming a race car driver.

Hitting a speed bump

However, in 2007 while racing in Europe, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and forced to halt his racing program midseason. With the help of his family and his health care team, he returned to racing just 6 weeks after his diagnosis. He posted a podium finish in his first race back on the track and hasn’t slowed down since. 

Learn more about the therapy Charlie uses to help manage his blood sugar.

Managing his diabetes

Today Charlie prepares for his races by eating right, exercising, and using Tresiba® as prescribed by his doctor to help control his blood sugar around the clock, along with a mealtime insulin. On the track, Charlie’s crew watches his blood sugar levels through a wireless monitoring system. If he needs to, he can sip from a sugar-infused drink system mounted in the car.

Racing to victory lane

Charlie made history in August 2013 as the first driver with diabetes to win an INDYCAR race. In 2014, he won the TAG Heuer “Don’t Crack Under Pressure” Award, and in 2015 finished a career-best third place at the prestigious Indianapolis 500. In 2016, Charlie received the Firestone "Drive to the Finish" Award for completing the most laps of any driver during the season (2,066 of a possible 2,070, 99.8%). 2017 marked the 10th anniversary of his diabetes diagnosis.

Charlie Kimball Accolades through the 2015 season, including 104 Laps Led, 11 Top-Fives, and 6 Podiums.

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Charlie Kimball interacts with and keeps his fans regularly updated through @racewithinsulin.

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