Kimball Injured During Mid-Ohio Test
LEXINGTON, Ohio – Charlie Kimball suffered a broken hand during IZOD IndyCar Series testing at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Thursday afternoon.
Kimball was treated for a fracture of the fifth metacarpal of his right hand at MedCentral Hospital in Mansfield, Ohio, after being involved in an incident during the test. Kimball will be re-evaluated by an Indianapolis-based specialist on Friday.
Unofficial times during the test session indicated that speeds were one and two seconds quicker than practice and qualifying in 2011. The series is set to return to Mid-Ohio Aug. 3-5.
“The new car is quick without even putting red (Firestone Firehawk alternate) tires on,” said Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon, who has won three of the past five races on the flowing road course. “I can’t wait until next weekend to make up points.”
Dixon is fourth in the series championship with four races remaining – 51 points behind the front-running Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport. The next two races are on undulating road courses.
“This is definitely an important test for us because there are a lot of things we can take away from here and bring to Sonoma (Aug. 24-26) as well. We’ll test there as well (Aug. 17),” said J.R. Hildebrand, driver of the No. 4 National Guard Panther Racing car. “It’s a pretty critical point in the season for us to as a team to improve our pace a little and make sure we end on the right note from a road courses perspective.”
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