INDIANAPOLIS – Everyone wants to talk about how rough of a week that Carlin and McLaren are both having at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Yes, the two are aligned but McLaren is making it very clear that they’re on their own in terms of putting the whole package together here at Indy.
So, Carlin is off the hook for McLaren’s problems in my mind.
But, Carlin also has had their fair share of mechanical issues too. Then, Pato O’Ward crashed heavily in Turn 2 on Thursday, badly damaging his No. 31 Chevrolet. From bad to worse. That got everyone talking about how Carlin may be in jeopardy of having at least one car miss the show during qualifying this weekend.
Despite that, one Carlin driver is still just flying under the radar. So much so, not only should he make the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/NBC/INDYCAR Radio Network) easily, he’s a sleeper to win the race outright.
Charlie Kimball is only racing in select races this year. He’s only raced in one event during the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season and it was a race at St. Pete where he qualified eighth and finished 17th. Now, he’ll attempt to make his second start in the May 26 Indy 500.
With how things are going, I’d say he’s a safe pick to make the race and a nice pick to win it.
See, Kimball was 22nd, eighth and 16th respectively on the overall speed chart this week at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. On the no tow list though, the California native was fourth, fourth and fifth instead.
That has him in a good spot of contending for a starting spot in the front 3 Rows. If he can, watch out.
Kimball, has made eighth career starts in the ‘500 with having five of them see him finish in the top 13. In fact, in four of his last seven starts, Kimball has brought his car home in the top 10.
He was third in 2015 and fifth in 2016. After an impressive 18th place run for a Carlin team with no prior Indy experience a year ago, he’s back to prove he can win next Sunday.