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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Kimball, Hildebrand Extend Deals

Rookies Charlie Kimball and JR Hildebrand have extended their deals with Chip Ganassi and Panther Racing respectively.

Chip Ganassi Racing Teams and Novo Rordisk announced a multi-year extension of their deal to run Camarillo, California Native Charlie Kimball in the #83 IZOD IndyCar Series entry.

“My partnership with Novo Nordisk is very unique because they make the insulins I take every day and they produce the delivery device I use to manage my diabetes,” Kimball said.  “I am fortunate to have Novo Nordisk and Chip Ganassi Racing support me in my career and I am proud and honored to be associated with these two outstanding organizations.”

Indianapolis 500 runner-up JR Hildebrand will also continue with his rookie season team for the next couple years. Panther Racing announced Wednesday that they had exercised a two-year option in Hildebrand's contract to return the Sausalito, California native to the #4 National Guard Dallara through 2013.

“I’m super stoked that I’m going to be back at Panther for the next two years,” Hildebrand said. “It was a crazy year for us, but we had some really strong runs and I enjoyed being a part of this team. I worked really well with my engineer David Cripps this season and I know everybody is already working really hard on improving for 2012. And I’m especially excited to be able to continue to work with the National Guard; that was a special opportunity and it was a very educational experience for me. To see the sacrifices these Soldiers make and to realize that they’ve entrusted us to tell their stories and represent them is an honor for all of us. Everybody at Panther is excited about getting started on next year and especially looking forward to getting back to the Indianapolis 500 so we can avenge our battlescar.”

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