You often hear about Charlie Kimball’s racing with Type 1 diabetes when watching the Verizon IndyCar Series.
What don’t necessarily know is the detail about how he does so.
Luckily, Kimball has penned a well-written piece for Derek Jeter’s The Players’ Tribune entitled “Driven.”
In it, Kimball chronicles his diagnosis, his adaption, and his resiliency in being able to race with diabetes.
A quick excerpt is below:
I’m a race car driver. I don’t get timeouts. I can‘t ask the other drivers to slow down while I grab a granola bar because my blood sugar is low. I also don’t get to check my blood sugar at halftime or between innings. Once I climb into that race car, whether it’s an hour-long practice session or a 500-mile race, it’s on.
It’s the second Chip Ganassi Racing-affiliated driver piece on the Tribune this year, along with Dario Franchitti’s take on his life outside the cockpit, post-retirement.
Kimball currently ranks 11th in IndyCar points in the No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet heading into this weekend’s Iowa Corn 300 (Saturday, 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra).