AJ Foyt Racing announced today that Charlie Kimball will be back in the cockpit for two races in the 2021 NTT INDYCAR Series. The 35-year-old Californian will pilot the team’s No. 11 Tresiba® Chevrolet in the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 30 after competing in the Indy Grand Prix on the IMS road course on May 15.
For the 13th consecutive season, Kimball will partner with his longtime sponsor, Novo Nordisk, a global healthcare company, as part of the company’s Race with Insulin initiative. Tresiba® (insulin degludec injection) 100 U/mL, 200 U/mL is the insulin Charlie takes to manage his type 1 diabetes. Novo Nordisk has sponsored Kimball every year since his 2009 debut in the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tire Series. Kimball debuted in the NTT INDYCAR Series in 2011.
“I am excited to once again represent Novo Nordisk and the diabetes community and to join AJ Foyt Racing for the month of May,” Kimball said. “I have never run at Indianapolis without Novo Nordisk and to be able to return this year with the support of the legendary A.J. Foyt, Larry Foyt, and everyone at AJ Foyt Racing, will certainly be special.”
For the month of May, Kimball will be part of a three-car effort from the Texas-based team, partnering with Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 14 Chevrolet and Dalton Kellet in the No. 4 Chevrolet. Kimball ran the full 2020 season with Foyt and closed it out finishing eighth in St. Petersburg, Florida.
“It’s awesome to have Charlie and Novo Nordisk back for the month of May,” said Larry Foyt, president of A.J. Foyt Racing. “They were both great to work with throughout the challenges of 2020, and I’m glad we can continue the program. Charlie is focused on producing great results, and we are working hard to put the best group together for success.”
We know that we have 32 cars already set for this May and upwards of 25 full time. We could also see as much as 26-28 on select races outside of the Indy 500.
Foyt Is joining RWR who has an additional car with DCR again. ECR has a third for Daly. AA has a fifth for Marco Andretti. Arrow McLaren SP has hired Juan Pablo Montoya in a third ride. Paretta Autosport brings Simona de Silvestro.
We know DRR will likely show up with two cars again which will push this list to 34. RLL has ran a third car the last several years. That’s 35.
Every Indy 500 winner since 2013 is here again. There’s 13 Indy 500 wins already on the entry list.
This could be one of the toughest fields to get into next year in the 105 year history of this event. I know the glory years saw more cars go home than starting spots, but their depth from top to the bottom wasn’t like this. The speeds were as close to each other then either. The disparity from first to last over four laps now can be separated by a slight bobble on one of your laps.
Throw in high class drivers in every ride and you get what should be a memorable Month of May this year with the best field to ever grace us at the Brickyard.
Entries So Far
Team Penske (4) – Josef Newgarden (No. 2), Scott McLaughlin (No. 3), Will Power No. 12), Simon Pagenaud (No. 22)
Arrow McLaren SP (3) – Pato O’Ward (No. 5), Felix Rosenqvist (No. 7), Juan Pablo Montoya (Number TBA)
Ed Carpenter Racing (3) – Ed Carpenter (No. 20), Rinus VeeKay (No. 21), Conor Daly (Number TBA)
AJ Foyt Racing (3) – Dalton Kellett (No. 4), Charlie Kimball (No. 11), Sebastien Bourdais (No. 14)
Carlin (1) – Max Chilton (No. 59)
Paretta Autosport (1) – Simona de Silvestro (1)
Andretti Autosport (5) – Colton Herta (No. 26), Alexander Rossi (No. 27), Ryan Hunter-Reay (No. 28), James Hinchcliffe (No. 29), Marco Andretti (No. 98)
Chip Ganassi Racing (4) – Marcus Ericsson (No. 8), Scott Dixon (No. 9), Alex Palou (No. 10), Tony Kanaan (No. 48)
Dale Coyne Racing (3) – Ed Jones (No. 18 Honda), No. 51 Honda (open), No. 52 Honda (open)
Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Racing (2) – Graham Rahal (No. 15), Takuma Sato (No. 30)
Meyer Shank Racing (2) – Helio Castroneves (No. 06), Jack Harvey (No. 60)
Part Time (8)
No. 88 Honda – Harding/Steinbrenner Racing?. The car is there, do they have the funding to go back to part time with maybe and Indy only entry?
No. 24 Chevrolet – Dreyer & Reinbold Racing (ran at least 1 car for every Indy 500 since 2000)
DRR – 2nd car (ran this car for 3 straight years)
RLL (3rd car) – ran an Indy only entry for 13 straight years now. Brought a 3rd car out in 2004, 2013 (DNQ), 2018 (Servia), 2019 (Jordan King), 2020 (Pigot).
Buhl Cirtrone – ran Pigot with RLL last year. Do they run on their own or team up with another existing team for an extra car?
Top Gun Racing? – Was supposed to show up last year but ran out of time. Do they try again this May?
Byrd Racing? – Has had a car in each of the last 3 years for James Davison and in 2015 and 2016 for Bryan Clauson. Do they come back for the 6th time in the last 7 years? Odds are if they do, it will be an alliance.
Juncos Racing? – Sold a car to another team, so do they even have enough parts and a car left?
Notable Non Rookie Drivers Available
Oriol Servia – 11 starts, best finish 4th (2012), last start came in 2019
JR Hildebrand – 10 starts (all consecutively) – best finish 2nd (2011) – drove for DRR last 3 years
Sage Karam – 7 starts, best finish 9th (2014) – drove for DRR in 6 of 7 years
James Davison – 6 starts, best finish 12th (2019)
Spencer Pigot – 5 starts, best finish 14th (2019)
Zach Veach – 4 starts, best finish 15th (2020)
Santino Ferrucci – 2 starts, improved each time. Was 7th in 2019 and 4th last year
Oliver Askew – 1 starts (2020) – finished 30th. Won the 2019 Freedom 100