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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Pantano In For Kimball


Chip Ganassi Racing announced Tuesday that Giorgio Pantano will fill-in for the injured Charlie Kimball this weekend in Mid-Ohio. Kimball was injured in an incident last week at the sports car course suffering a fractured fifth metacarpal in his right hand.

“I’m very disappointed to miss out on the Mid-Ohio race weekend.  We had such a good race there last year and I was really looking forward to another shot at the podium.  However, I trust the medical professionals at INDYCAR, and we’re making sure I’m back to 100 percent for Sonoma.  We’re lucky to have Giorgio in the seat of the No. 83 car while I’m healing up, and I’ll be there this weekend to help him and the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team."

The Italian Pantano, who ran his first two IZOD IndyCar Series races in 2005 with Chip Ganassi Racing, returned to the series to compete in 3 events last season all with Dreyer and Reinbold Racing.

“It’s a tremendous opportunity to be rejoining Chip Ganassi Racing and the IZOD IndyCar Series this weekend at Mid-Ohio.  You never want to have something happen to another driver and I wish Charlie a quick recovery.  Nonetheless, the opportunity is here and I am looking forward to working with the team again and making the best of it.”

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