Charlie Kimball Drawing Nearer to 2018 Seat
The 32 yr. old American, having been booted from Chip Ganassi Racing at the end of last season, insists he is close to securing a drive for next year.
Crash Kimball. The Southern California Chicane. Chuckles.
Whatever you want to call Charlie Kimball, it looks like he's not going anywhere.
In a recent interview with RACER magazine, Kimball said, "Things are coming along well, and I have a lot of confidence in the plans that are coming together right now."
He continued, "We're hoping to be in a position to announce something soon, but 'imminent' would be overstating things."
So where would this put the driver who caused more than one title contender to wreck out of a race this year? Well, the vacancies at the big teams have been filled (and I'm not sure any of them would have wanted him on board in the first place). So it's more than likely Kimball will find himself at a midpack Indycar team for next year.
But which one?
Charlie Kimball at IMS. Photo Credit: Benjenningsworldoracing.com
Dale Coyne Racing may seem like an out there choice, but it does make a lot of sense for both sides. From Kimball's perspective, he gets to drive. From Coyne's perspective, he brings in a driver with guaranteed sponsorship money, thanks to Novo Nordisk, Kimball's diabetic sponsorship partner. It has long been common knowledge that Coyne looks for drivers who can bring their own sponsorship money.
Other open seats include the road car drive for Ed Carpenter Racing, which could be a possibility, but highly unlikely as Kimball's main draw is his sponsorship and Carpenter is already locked in, once again, with Fuzzy's Vodka for both cars.
Newly formed Carlin Racing, if rumors inside the paddock are to be believed, may be the best place for Kimball to end up. It is all but confirmed Kimball's former teammate at Ganassi, Max Chilton, will be racing there and when Kimball's sponsorship money is combined the money brought by Chilton, Carlin may just find itself with a sizable operating budget for 2018.