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Tresiba branding highlights new look of Kimball’s No. 83 car

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Novo Nordisk’s Tresiba branding will be showcased on Charlie Kimball’s No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season. There was a soft launch of the new livery at St. Petersburg, with the full colors and signage now on board from Phoenix this weekend.

The team’s full release is below:

Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, INDYCAR driver Charlie Kimball and Novo Nordisk, a world leader in diabetes care, w ill unveil a new livery for the No. 83 entry fielded by Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing when the car takes the track at the Phoenix Grand Prix. The car features a new black and green color scheme and carries the logo of Tresiba® (insulin degludec injection), Novo Nordisk’s once-daily, long-acting basal insulin. Tresiba was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in September 2015.

The 2016 race season marks the eighth consecutive year of partnership between Novo Nordisk and Kimball. Since his type 1 diabetes diagnosis, Kimball has been a passionate diabetes advocate. He is the face of Novo Nordisk’s award-winning Race with Insulin campaign, which aims to raise awareness and educate the public about diabetes management.

“The new look of this car represents something very personal to me. Just as there have been advancements in racing, there have been advancements in the management of diabetes. The new look of my 2016 car represents another strong link between this program and the diabetes community,” said Kimball. “I am excited about the new design, not only because of the new look, but also because it represents the next phase in my effort to educate others.”

“We love the new look of Charlie’s car and are thrilled to continue our partnership with Charlie and Chip Ganassi Racing. It has been rewarding to see Charlie inspire and educate others affected by diabetes,” said Camille Lee, senior vice president, Diabetes & Obesity Marketing, Novo Nordisk Inc. “We are looking forward to a great season with Charlie and the No. 83 Tresiba Chevrolet, and are extremely excited about the future of the Race with Insulin campaign.”

Continue to follow Charlie’s journey and his work with Novo Nordisk at RaceWithInsulin.com, learn more about Tresiba (insulin degludec injection 200 Units/mL) at Tresiba.com, or follow Charlie on Twitter at @racewithinsulin.

Lewis Hamilton takes F1 pole in dramatic Russian GP qualifying

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SOCHI, Russia — Lewis Hamilton took a step closer to equaling the Formula One win record Saturday by clinching pole position at the Russian Grand Prix, after narrowly avoiding early elimination when Sebastian Vettel crashed.

Hamilton charged to a track-record time of 1 minute, 31.304 seconds, beating the Red Bull of Max Verstappen by 0.563 for his fifth straight pole position. Hamilton can achieve his 91st career win in the race on Sunday, matching the record held by Michael Schumacher.

Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate, Valtteri Bottas, was beaten into third by Verstappen’s fast run at the end of the session and was .652 off Hamilton’s time.

The long run from the grid to the first significant turn means Bottas could yet threaten to overtake Hamilton at the start Sunday using the slipstream from his teammate’s car.

“It’s nice being on pole but here is probably the worst place to be on pole,” Hamilton said.

“This year you’re seeing that our cars are more draggy and there’s more tow this year than we’ve seen in other years. So I generally expect one of (Verstappen and Bottas) to come flying by at some point. I think I’m just going to focus on my race and run the fastest race I can.”

Bottas earned his first win at the 2017 race in Russia after starting third and overtaking the two Ferraris ahead of him at the start.

Verstappen and Bottas both start the race on medium tires, which could give them an edge in terms of pit strategy over Hamilton, who is on soft tires, which wear much faster.

“I’m just going to have to nurse those tires for as far as I can. These guys, if they get by, they’re going to be pulling away,” Hamilton said.

Verstappen said he was delighted to start second.

“I wasn’t expecting that and of course it’s great for us. If we can get a good start tomorrow you never know what can happen,” he said.

Vettel lost control of his car over the kerb on the inside of the 90-degree, right-hand turn four and spun into the wall, before the Ferrari bounced back onto the track. Teammate Charles Leclerc was following closely behind and narrowly missed the wrecked car, driving over its discarded front wing.

“Oh my God, that was very, very close,” Leclerc told his team over the radio. Leclerc qualified 11th and Vettel 15th as Ferrari failed to reach the top-10 shootout with either car for the third time in four races.

Vettel’s crash meant the red flag was waved while Hamilton was trying to set his first valid lap time to make the third session – after his first attempt was earlier ruled out for going off the track.

After the track was cleared and the session restarted, Hamilton had to rush his out-lap to make it over the line in time for another flying lap with just a second to spare.

“It was horrible,” Hamilton said. “Heart in the mouth.”

Hamilton was also asked to report to race stewards over another incident in which he went off the track in the first part of qualifying. No further action was taken. It was found Hamilton didn’t gain an advantage because the lap time wasn’t counted.

Hamilton is the runaway championship leader with a 55-point advantage over second-place Bottas and 80 over Verstappen. If he can earn four more pole positions in the last seven races, he would be the first driver to 100 in F1 history.

Earlier in the third and final practice Saturday morning, Hamilton set the pace with a time of 1 minute, 33.279 seconds that was 0.776 better than his Mercedes teammate Bottas, who had been quickest in the first two sessions.