Season Review: Charlie Kimball

In a series of blogs that will be featured throughout the offseason, I review and talk about all 21 full-time drivers of the 2013 Indycar Season one at a time. I try to be as honest as I can in these reveiws, and I would like to hear your thoughts on what I say. Enjoy:

Charlie Kimball
#83 Chip Ganassi Racing

9th in points scoring 427 points.

Best finish: 1st (Mid-Ohio)
Worst finish: 21st (Indianapolis)

Best moment: First win at Mid-Ohio
Worst moment: Struggles at Sonoma

Grade: A-

Charlie Kimball had a breakout season, finishing the season in the top-ten in points, and notching his first win of his Indycar career. He finally kept pace with his Ganassi teammates, which is definitely a good thing when your teammates include Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti. His drive at Barber was nothing short of amazing, including a thrilling overtake on Will Power. He ran a great race at Pocono, and went on to win the race at Mid-Ohio. He was also very solid at Fontana before his engine gave way. A "low point" of the season was at Sonoma, a track similiar to Mid-Ohio. Despite qualifying very high, Kimball made a mistake in turn two, and the rest of his race was effectively ruined. But overall it was a very good season for Charlie!

Now that he's had his breakout season, the team and fans everywhere expect to see Charlie being a regular fixture at the top of the time sheets week in and week out. Anything under a top-ten finish in the points next season would be considered a disappointment. I fully expect him to have a good season in 2014!

Charlie Kimball - Honda Indy 200 At Mid-Ohio - Day 3
Great season for Kimball, winning his first career race at Mid-Ohio (Photo: Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images)

Stay tuned for P8 James Hinchcliffe!

-Matthew Hickey