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Domi Meets IndyCar Driver Kimball to Discuss Diabetes

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE – Coyotes rookie Max Domi made a new friend on Friday when he and race car driver Charlie Kimball met during some down time at Phoenix International Raceway.

Domi and Kimball are both type-1 diabetics thriving in professional sports.

Kimball drives the No. 83 car for Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing in the Verizon IndyCar Series and, according to his web site, is the first licensed driver with diabetes in the history of IndyCar.

“I read Max’s story and it’s so similar to mine in such different sports,” Kimball said. “I wanted the opportunity to meet him and tell him what an awesome job he’s doing for the Coyotes, and to show him what I do and that, like him, diabetes hasn’t slowed me down.”

Domi and Kimball chatted for a few minutes about their lifestyles and managing their condition during games/races. They also exchanged jerseys and posed for photos.

“He’s an unbelievable guy and I thank him so much for having us out here,” Domi said. “I can’t wait to follow his career from here on out. Hopefully one day we can get him out to the rink.”

After the meet and greet, Domi and teammate Connor Murphy were treated to a “hot lap” around the PIR oval in an IndyCar two-seater, one at a time. Their driver for the 170 mile/per hour trip? Racing icon Mario Andretti.

“Mario is a legend so that was a special experience, for sure,” Domi said. “At the very start when you take off it’s unbelievable how fast he got us up to the top speed. It’s tough to put into words. You’re absolutely flying and it goes by really quick. The turns are a little scary until you realize you trust the driver and you trust the car and then it’s pretty cool.”

Murphy agreed.

“It was awesome,” Murphy said. “I am amazed guys can race and navigate around the track at that speed and being that low to the ground. It’s crazy. I can’t imagine the adrenaline rush going on during a race.”

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