The Verizon IndyCar Series held the second day of qualifying today for the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and locked in all 33 starting positions. In a very strong team qualifying effort, both Carlin cars qualified in the top 20 with the No. 23 Fiasp Chevrolet of Charlie Kimball starting the race on Sunday in…
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Friday, 18th May 2018
The Verizon IndyCar Series held one practice session today for the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
P1 No. 98 Andretti, Honda – 231.802 mph
P2 No. 6 Wickens, Honda – 231.732 mph
P3 No. 20 Carpenter, Chevrolet – 231.066 mph
P18 No. 23 Fiasp® Chevrolet (Kimball) – 228.524 mph
P32 No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet (Chilton) – 227.089 mph
Charlie Kimball, No. 23 Fiasp® Chevrolet: “Today was about being smart and methodical as we trimmed the car out to qualifying spec with the higher boost level for Fast Friday. The Carlin boys have done an incredible job preparing for this week and really the whole month. They haven’t put a foot wrong with the car and we’ve been able to make progress all week each and every time we go on-track. I have a lot of confidence about where we are heading into this qualifying weekend. I’m excited for what tomorrow and Sunday are going to bring for the No. 23 Fiasp Chevrolet.”
Max Chilton, No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet: “It was an unusual day today for Fast Friday. We had predicted that the weather would make it a short day, so we got a lot of our running done earlier in the day. We didn’t run the last few hours of Fast Friday actually. We feel comfortable with the car balance, but we don’t know where we are performance-wise because the time of day when people ran made a big difference. I’m feeling confident about where we are and we didn’t want to take any silly risks today with big changes, because we want to make sure the No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet is in the show tomorrow.”
The Verizon IndyCar Series held the INDYCAR Grand Prix and a warm-up practice session today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. INDYCAR Grand Prix Results P1 No. 12 Power, Chevrolet P2 No. 9 Dixon, Honda P3 No. 6 Wickens, Honda P16 No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet (Chilton) P20 No. 23 Fiasp® Chevrolet (Kimball) Warm-Up Results P1 No. 9…
The Verizon IndyCar Series held qualifying and two practice sessions today at the INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Qualifying Results P1 No. 12 Power, Chevrolet – 1:09.818 P2 No. 6 Wickens, Honda – 1:09.905 P3 No. 18 Bourdais, Honda – 1:09.944 P16 No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet (Chilton) – 1:10.211 P23 …
Carlin completes first day of INDYCAR testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway
Carlin participated in their first day of INDYCAR testing today at Homestead-Miami Speedway with drivers Max Chilton and Charlie Kimball behind the wheel. Today’s test started a four-day testing schedule for the team with two days at Homestead-Miami Speedway followed by two days at Sebring International Raceway.
“It’s a very exciting day for us as a team. It’s our first ever run with an Indy car at a shakedown test. It’s gone extremely well – we’ve had no technical issues whatsoever,” said Racing Director Trevor Carlin. “The car ran flawlessly which is a testament to Colin and his guys. We’re very happy and now tomorrow we can start pushing on with our test program.”
Max Chilton, driver of the No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet, started the day off in the car and felt positive about the team’s first run with the new car, “That’s the completion of day one of testing for Carlin’s Verizon IndyCar Series 2018 program. It’s been a boring winter, but it’s really exciting to be back on track. I was on track for a few hours today and we had no issues with the car, which is amazing considering Carlin has never run an Indy car. It was a great day, so now it’s just catching up on the many miles that other teams have done more than us.”
“We just finished up a really great shakedown day at Homestead on our first day with Carlin in INDYCAR. It was a new car and everything just went really well. Team Chevy brought a perfect engine to run and we were able to go out and do a bunch of laps to get a feel for the car,” said Charlie Kimball, driver of the No. 23 Tresiba® Chevrolet. “The hard work will really start tomorrow, but we have a good car and a great baseline to go off of.”
Carlin joins Verizon IndyCar Series for 2018 Season Confirming Drivers Chilton and Kimball
Partners Gallagher and Novo Nordisk will return to INDYCAR with Carlin
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (December 12, 2017) – Carlin is proud to announce their move into the Verizon IndyCar Series in a full-time capacity for the 2018 season. Joining the first season INDYCAR effort at Carlin will be drivers Max Chilton and Charlie Kimball along with primary partners, international insurance brokerage, risk management and consulting services firm, Gallagher and global healthcare company, Novo Nordisk. Both Chilton and Kimball drove for the championship winning team earlier in their racing careers. The Carlin entries will be powered by the Chevrolet twin turbocharged direct injected V6 engine.
“We’re delighted to finally be able to announce our entry into the Verizon IndyCar Series, the result of a long-term ambition of the team,” Team Principal Trevor Carlin said about the announcement. “To be joined on that journey in our debut season by brands such as Gallagher and Novo Nordisk and with drivers we already have a race winning history with in Max and Charlie, is beyond what we could have expected. By no means do we underestimate the challenge and competition that lies ahead, but I have great faith in the young and passionate team that our Team Manager Colin [Hale] and I have put together.”
Chilton will return for his third season in the Verizon IndyCar Series with partner Gallagher. Chilton and Gallagher made their INDYCAR debut together in 2016 and have since recorded 33 starts, eight top-10 finishes, 66 laps led, and an impressive fourth-place finish at the 2017 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500.
“We are proud to partner with Carlin in the Verizon IndyCar Series for 2018 and look forward to the thrilling prospect of driver Max Chilton winning with our Gallagher brand prominently featured on his Chevrolet. Millions of fans around the world enjoy this sport, as do our clients and employees. It is our intent to leverage this sponsorship to showcase Gallagher’s extensive brokerage services and risk management expertise and to celebrate the values of innovation and collaboration our brokers and sales consultants deploy in creating solutions for their clients around the globe,” said Christopher E. Mead, Chief Marketing Officer for Gallagher.
Kimball, who will be returning for his eighth season in the Verizon IndyCar Series, will team with Chilton in Carlin’s two-car effort. Joining him for their 10th year of partnership will be longtime sponsor Novo Nordisk. Novo Nordisk joined Kimball’s career in Indy Lights in 2009 and has been with the American driver throughout his INDYCAR career. The duo has recorded 117 starts, one win, one pole, 13 top-five finishes, and 162 laps led in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
“As we begin the 10th year of our partnership with Charlie Kimball, we are excited to continue the legacy of the Race with Insulin program to inspire people with diabetes to pursue their dreams and support them in their disease management journey,” said David Moore, senior vice president, Commercial, Novo Nordisk. “We are encouraged by our new relationship with Carlin, who has a proven reputation for winning in a variety of motorsports series. We are looking forward to being part of a strong season in 2018 for Charlie, Race with Insulin and for the entire Carlin family.”
Chilton’s partnership with Carlin renews a successful relationship that goes back throughout the British racer’s career. Chilton won races with Carlin in Formula 3 and Formula 2 (formerly GP2 Series) before racing in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship from 2013 – 2014. In 2015 Chilton explored racing in the U.S for the first time with a season of Indy Lights with Carlin, along with a run with a manufacturer LMP1 program at the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“Today’s announcement brings so much joy to everyone involved in making this a reality. Carlin being the first British team to enter the Verizon IndyCar Series in the modern era is a result of a lot of hard work and ambition following the team’s move into American racing a few years ago,” Chilton said speaking about the Carlin announcement. “I am super excited for 2018 as Carlin is like family to me. Having raced with them on and off since 2009 and having had my most competitive years with the team, I know we can work toward great things in INDYCAR. The Verizon IndyCar Series is exceptionally competitive, but the introduction of the new aero package will help level the playing field slightly. I know that finding the maximum in a spec series like this is where Carlin really excels. I want to say a massive thank you to Gallagher for continuing their support of me in INDYCAR. To have the opportunity to represent the more than 26,000 employees of Gallagher and a brand that focuses so heavily on teamwork and innovation has even greater relevance this year. I’m very thankful to be part of this package for 2018.”
Kimball returns to Carlin after a 10-year period, following race winning success with the team in British F3 and later in the Carlin-run Victory Engineering Team in the World Series by Renault. It was in the latter series that Kimball’s season with the British team was cut short when the California native was suddenly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2007.
“I’m so excited to join Carlin for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. They were a big part of launching my career when I raced in Europe and we had a lot of success together back in 2005 in the British Formula Three Championship,” said Kimball on returning to Carlin. “It seems like everything fell into place at the right time to have this opportunity to work with Trevor and the whole Carlin team again. I’ve already got two years of experience working with Max as a teammate and I think our strengths and weaknesses will really complement each other as we begin this new adventure. The Verizon IndyCar Series is not just gaining a new race team, which is of course exciting, but really gaining a capable and competitive group of people that make up this team. Bringing Novo Nordisk into the fold, for our 10th consecutive year together, means a lot to me personally. They’re more than a sponsor—Novo Nordisk is a true partner, and I can’t thank them enough for their support.”
Carlin sign Alberico for 2016 Indy Lights Series Neil Alberico will race with Carlin in the 2016 Indy Lights Series presented by Cooper Tires. The 23 year-old American will continue his career on the Mazda Road to Indy, after finishing the 2015 season as Pro Mazda vice-champion. Alberico joins already announced Carlin drivers Ed Jones…
Serralles joins Carlin for Indy Lights
Carlin are pleased to announce that Ed Jones will remain with the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires team for the upcoming 2016 season. Following an outstanding debut in the 2015 series the British racer won the three opening races of the season and was in contention for the title until the very last round. Jones will be looking to go one step further with the knowledge he has gained during his first season racing in America.
Moving with Carlin across the pond to compete in the Indy Lights championship following a strong campaign with the team in Europe, Jones enjoyed a stunning debut with the team to win the opening three races of the season in dominant style; Jones then went on to claim a further four podiums.
Jones, an Indy Lights rookie, was a regular front runner throughout the course of the season and placed himself perfectly throughout to ensure that he was in contention for the Drivers’ title at the end of the season. Jones finished the year as the third highest placed driver and will be looking forward to a 2016 season as a clear championship contender with more experience of the American circuits.
Jones said of the upcoming season, “Continuity isn’t something which you get to enjoy too often in junior motor racing but when you can achieve it, for sure it is a help. Both the team and I know each other very well. I have built a good understanding with the engineers and I feel we work well together. We all have a season under our belt now and we have all raised the bar and will be pushing very hard for more success in 2016.
The goal for 2016 is to win the Indy Lights championship. I learnt a huge amount in 2015 and feel that I have a great base to go for the championship in 2016. I have a great relationship with my team Carlin and I believe in them completely. Carlin as a team have achieved a great deal but they haven’t won a championship in US motor racing and I want to be the driver who delivers that.”
Racing director Trevor Carlin added, “We’re delighted that Ed remains with the team for the 2016 season. He showed great faith in moving over from Europe with us for our first season in Indy Lights and demonstrated to everyone how competitive he was in winning the first three races of the season. In his rookie season in the US and having never visited most of the tracks before, Ed did a spectacular job to still be in contention for the title at the season finale. With a season of Indy Lights behind us there are undoubtedly things that team and driver have learnt together and we aim to put these lessons to good use in 2016 with the title clearly being the aim.”
Max Chilton took another competitive second place finish in Mid-Ohio on Sunday, in the second Indy Lights race of the weekend. It was a tough weekend for Ed Jones however, the 20 year-old took another ninth place in race two, but remains well in the hunt for the championship after similarly tough weekends for his championship rivals.
The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course delivered yet another eventful race yesterday, as the penultimate round of the season drew to a close. The scene was set for an exciting fight between championship Jack Harvey and Jones, starting first and second respectively. Chilton meanwhile started from fifth.
At the green flag it was Jones who had the upper hand, the Carlin man stealing through into the lead ahead of Harvey while Chilton maintained fifth. At the front it remained close lap after lap between Jones and Harvey, some close racing resulted in light contact that both drivers survived early on, until heavier contact just over half way through the race that saw Jones serving a drive through penalty and Harvey in the pits for a new front wing.
Chilton meanwhile was keeping clear of any incidents and quietly making his way through the field to his second podium of the weekend. Running in second place, Chilton at times looked as though he could challenge race leader Sean Rayhall, with a determined effort in the final laps to close the gap.
Despite now being down the order, Harvey and Jones were still battling, although now for ninth place, which Jones took at the chequered flag, ahead of Harvey. Chilton crossed the line to take his second runner up spot of the weekend, making it three podiums from the last three races for the British driver.
With just one event remaining featuring a double header at Mazda Raceway in California, Jones lies second in the championship, just 12 points behind second placed man Spencer Pigot and 18 points behind Harvey.
Speaking about second place in Mid-Ohio, Chilton said, “We’re doing well at the moment both on ovals and off. Although we struggled at the start of the weekend the team gave me a car to do the job in the races. Race two was very similar to race one, I tried to play it smart, made a couple of overtaking moves and had some good luck as well. It’s nice to leave a weekend that we thought at first was going to be difficult with two second places.”
Team mate Jones, added, “My focus now is on the championship. No one expected us to be in contention to win in our first season, so I have nothing to lose. It wasn’t the ideal weekend by any means but we head into the last race of the season still in the running.”
The Indy Lights drivers will face a long wait until the season finale at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca from 10 – 13 September.