NBA legend Dominique Wilkins made it to Milwaukee last weekend with Kimball’s crew

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Dominique Wilkins with Martin Plowman after a Honda pace car ride. Photo: INDYCAR

Charlie Kimball has had famous athletes stop by the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing setup before – Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck stopped by during practice for the 2013 Indianapolis 500.

Last weekend in Milwaukee, he had NBA legend, Hall of Famer and Atlanta Hawks vice president of basketball Dominique Wilkins as an honorary member of the No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet crew.

The 6-foot-8 Wilkins was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, which accounts for about 90 percent of diagnosis and is associated with age, obesity and family history.

“I went through denial for about a week,” he said Aug. 16 while getting a tour at the team’s paddock. “I was pretty shocked when I was diagnosed; my father died of diabetes and so did my grandfather. I knew it could affect somebody in our family but I didn’t think it could be me because I was in great shape.”

Wilkins was in awe of the racing team, crew and effort during the weekend. Here’s his tweets from the track:

Hinch boldly “goes” where many drivers have gone before

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One of the most common questions racing drivers face is “What happens if you have to use the bathroom when you’re driving?”

And the most common answer is “You just go.” While admittedly a little disgusting, it is nonetheless a problem that occasionally surfaces, and an innumerable amount of drivers have done so in their careers.

However, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ James Hinchcliffe apparently had never found himself in such a predicament in his career. That is, until Sunday in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.

While under the first red flag for rain, Hinchcliffe started to receive “nature’s call.” Unable to get out of the car to use a restroom – drivers had not been permitted to get out of their cars – Hinchcliffe was forced to wait and hold it.

But when the cars briefly took to the track again prior to a second red flag, it became too much to handle, and Hinch was forced to “relieve himself” while circulating under caution.

“I always maintained that I knew at some point in my career it would happen,” he quipped to NBCSN’s Kevin Lee.”

He added, “I was sitting there under that first red (flag), just begging to get three minutes. That’s all you need, (steering wheel off to wheel on). And when we got going again, my legs were shaking, I had to go so bad. I’m like ‘I can’t drive a race car like this.’ So under caution, it took me a full lap, it was one of the least comfortable experiences of my entire life, but I can officially say I’ve joined the likes of Will Power, Dario Franchitti, and other greats that have peed themselves in their suit.”

Social media reaction added to the moment’s hilarity, with SPM and teammate Robert Wickens weighing in.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal also chimed in, coming to Hinchcliffe’s defense.

Hinchcliffe, fully refreshed, will restart the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama in fifth when racing resumes on Monday.

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