For 10 years, racecar driver Charlie Kimball has been a passionate patient ambassador for diabetes awareness and education as a paid spokesperson of Novo Nordisk. The first licensed INDYCAR driver with type 1 diabetes, Charlie has lived and breathed racing since the age of 9, when he began racing go-karts. After high school, he was accepted into Stanford University, but chose to follow his dream of becoming a race car driver. However, in 2007 while racing in Europe, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and forced to halt his racing program midseason. With the help of his family and his health care team, he returned to racing just 6 weeks after his diagnosis. He posted a podium finish in his first race back on the track and hasn’t slowed down since.
On the Sunday before every Memorial Day, 33 men and women gather to run the greatest spectacle in racing – the Indianapolis 500-mile race. For the past eight years, I’ve been fortunate to be in that group of 33.