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Minor fracture for Kimball in testing accident

Chip Ganassi Racing driver Charlie Kimball has sustained a minor fracture to the hand, in a light accident during testing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Thursday.
Charlie Kimball has been diagnosed with a fracture of the fifth metacarpal of his right hand after what his team described as "a freak incident" during testing for the IZOD IndyCar Series at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Thursday.

Kimball had a light spin off the track during the session that sent him off the track and into the tyre barriers.

"When he took off his hands off the steering wheel, the knock against the tyre barrier reversed the steering wheel," explained Mike Hull, general manager for Chip Ganassi Racing for whom Charlie Kimball drives the #83 Novo Nordisk entry. "One of the corners hit the back of his hand when it snapped back."

Kimball was sent to the nearby MedCentral Hospital in Mansfield Ohio for further tests and evaluation of his hand, and will be re-evaluated by an Indianapolis specialist on Friday.

The injury is not thought to be serious and should not affect Kimball's participation at the next event of the season, the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio on August 5.

In all, 24 of the 25 regular entries were in action at the track on Thursday. Only HVM Racing's Simona de Silvestro missed out on taking to the 2.258-mile 13-turn road course.

The full day's testing was shortened by 90 minutes because of a thunderstorm, but otherwise proved highly productive - with times said to be already between one and two seconds faster than the pole time seen for last year's race.

“The new car is quick without even putting red tyres on,” said Scott Dixon, one of the other drivers in the Chip Ganassi stable. "I can't wait until next weekend," he added.

Dixon's pole time in 2011 - using the old chassis and engine specifications - was 1:08.0776s. He went on to win the race and set the fastest lap in the process, explaining his eagerness to get back in action there next weekend.



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Charlie Kimball (USA - Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing) rests during the Rookie Orientation Program at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Thursday, May 12 [Photo by Ron McQueeney for IndyCar Media]
Simon Pagenaud and Ryan Briscoe go wheel-to-wheel during the Open Test at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon streaks across the start/finish line during the Open Test at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon crosses the start/finish line during the Open Test at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power sits on pit lane prior to the evening Open Test session at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud preps on pit lane prior to the evening Open Test session at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Will Power in his pit stand at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Will Power in his pit stand prior to track activity during the Open Test at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon leaves pit lane (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Crossing the start/finish line during testing (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Cars jostling for position through turn 2 during the start of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Racewa (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
The confetti flies as Scott Dixon celebrates winning the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon takes the twin chequered flags to win the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates his win in Victory Circle after the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
The cars of Ryan Briscoe and Sebastien Bourdais go off course during the start of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
The cars of Ryan Briscoe and Sebastien Bourdais go off course during the start of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
The cars of Ryan Briscoe and Sebastien Bourdais go off course during the start of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)

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