Toronto a Confidence Builder for Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Kimball celebrates his first podium finish in the IZOD IndyCar Series. (Photo: Getty Images)

Charlie Kimball continues to build his confidence after recording a career-best second-place finish over the weekend in the Honda Indy Toronto.

Kimball, who is the first licensed driver with diabetes to race in the IZOD IndyCar Series, has now notched his first career top five in 27 starts.

"It's good for my confidence. It's good for the team's confidence," Kimball said. "I think we're building both car and driver together, we have the foundation built, now it's time to get the results.

"It's all about moving forward and learning from here to continue to keep my career moving."

The No. 83 Novolog FlexPen Honda team has indeed been moving forward in just its second year with Kimball behind the wheel. At this point last year, Kimball only had one top 10 versus his five this season. He finished 19th in the 2011 standings and currently sits 12th this year with five races to go.

With the Ganassi Target drivers Dario Franchitti, Scott Dixon along with Service Central driver Graham Rahal all coming away with disappointing finishes, Kimball was in the spotlight for the organization in Toronto.

"I'm not sure that I would call myself the best guy in the stable when I'm measuring up against champions like Dario and Scott," Kimball said. "We're going to get to Edmonton and I'm still going to be learning from them.

"In fact, I'm going to be looking through their data this weekend to see what I can learn coming back for next year."

Following his first trip to the podium, Kimball was quick to be congratulated by owner Chip Ganassi and Team Target Managing Director Mike Hull.

"The fact that both Chip and Mike are big proponents of the expansion. They stuck around to congratulate me, were so impressed with my lap times, fuel saving, doing what I needed to do when I needed to do it, that meant a lot to me as an inexperienced driver," Kimball said.

Being able to race with diabetes, Kimball continues to be an inspiration for those living with the disease.

"The fact that I can do so well is living proof that diabetes doesn't have to be in your mind to do what you love," Kimball said. "I'm very fortunate that I'm able to reach a broader audience with my message. That's important to me."

With the help of his sponsor, Kimball has been able to help build awareness for diabetes. Prior to racing in Toronto, Kimball spent time in Orlando, Fla. doing a defensive driving course for young people with diabetes.

"The fact that I could get in a car and teach them how a professional driver with diabetes races with diabetes, teach them some tips and tricks for the road as far as avoiding incidents, being heads up," Kimball said. "It's fortunate for me and very fulfilling at the same time."

Kimball will be a guest on Motor Racing Network's The Paddock on Tuesday. The show begins at 1 p.m. (ET) and is streamed live at www.motorracingnetwork.com.

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