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Indy Lights Racer Charlie Kimball Doesn't Let Diabetes Slow Him Down
Date:4/14/2009

American Race Car Driver Partners with Novo Nordisk and Proves His High Performance Career is Possible with Diabetes

PRINCETON, N.J., April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Novo Nordisk, a world leader in diabetes care, today announced a partnership with 24-year-old race car driver, Charlie Kimball, now driving in the Firestone Indy Lights(TM) racing league. Together, they are aiming to show that with proper management, diabetes does not have to be a roadblock. Novo Nordisk is the maker of Levemir(R) (insulin detemir [rDNA origin] injection), an insulin that Charlie uses to help manage his diabetes.

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"When I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just a year and a half ago, I knew I could not allow the disease to get in the way of me chasing my dream of being a race car driver," said Kimball. "My goal is to win the Firestone Indy Lights Series. With the combination of insulin and delivery devices, such as the Levemir(R) FlexPen(R), I have learned that daily diabetes management and glucose control can be easily and successfully integrated into my busy life both on and off the track."

Kimball, who is the only American open-wheeled racing driver to talk publicly about his diabetes, has a history of breaking the mold. He made international history with a podium finish in the Formula 3 Euro series in his first race after he was diagnosed with diabetes in 2007.

"Charlie is a role model for anyone who feels inhibited by diabetes as he continues to accomplish remarkable achievements with the disease," said Camille Lee, Vice President of Diabetes Brand Marketing, at Novo Nordisk. "He proves that with today's treatment options, diabetes can be managed even in the most challenging circumstances."

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