Race car driver Charlie Kimball to visit TMC Nov. 6

Kimball 2013 BioCharlie Kimball, a 28-year-old INDYCAR racer ranked in the top ten this year, will be on hand to meet and greet  the public as well as show off his race car this Wednesday in front of TMC for Children.

Kimball, the first licensed driver with diabetes in the history of INDYCAR to race at the highest level of the series, will be spreading his message about how he has managed his diabetes while pursuing his dream of living life in the fast lane.

Kimball is also the first driver with diabetes to qualify for, complete and lead laps at the famed Indianapolis 500. In 2012, he achieved six top-10 finishes and received INDYCAR’s Tony Renna Rising Star award.

Kimball, who began racing go-karts at age 9, deferred admission to Stanford University’s engineering program to pursue his dream of racing. He was abruptly forced to abandon his racing program mid-season when he was diagnosed with diabetes in 2007 during a routine physician’s visit. At that time, he was not sure how it would affect his racing.

Determined to get back behind the wheel, Kimball worked with his doctor and team to initiate a diabetes treatment plan that included some creative precautionary tools to help him manage his condition while driving. Six months later, he was behind the wheel again claiming a podium finish in his first race back after his diagnosis.

Kimball has a history of breaking the mold. In 2005, he became the first American in 13 years to win a British Formula 3 race. He went on to secure two track records and several Formula 3 victories in both Britain and Europe. Kimball has also raced in the Formula 3 Euro Series, the World Series by Renault and the Firestone Indy Lights Series.

Off the track, Kimball is committed to raising the awareness of people living with diabetes and his visit to TMC is a part of a tour to motivate and inspire people with diabetes – or any other chronic condition – to take control and create as full a life as possible for themselves.  His story is important and his message is inspiring.

After the public presentation, he’ll be visiting kids in the TMC pediatric unit and later in the day he’ll share his story with the 390 students at Wright Elementary School.

His appearance is a joint effort by Arizona Connected Care (Southern Arizona’s only accountable care organization), Tucson Medical Center, and his race sponsor, Novo Nordisk.

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