Supercute. Supercuddly. And superhelpful.
Meet Lilah, a trained service dog for IndyCar Series driver Charlie Kimball and a companion on his journey with diabetes.
About Charlie Kimball, Driver of the No. 23 Fiasp Chevrolet in the Verizon IndyCar Series:
- First licensed driver with diabetes in the history of INDYCAR (diagnosed in 2007) and first licensed driver with diabetes to qualify for and complete the Indianapolis 500 (2011, finished 13th.
- The 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season is Charlie Kimball’s 10th season with longtime partner and pharmaceutical company, Novo Nordisk, who supplies the insulin he uses to manage his type 1 diabetes.
- Kimball joined new INDYCAR team, Carlin, for their rookie season in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Kimball has driven for Carlin in two other series in the past (2005 – British F3 and 2007 – World Series by Renault) and he was with Carlin when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2007.
- Charlie’s black lab, Lilah, is a certified service dog who is trained to alert Charlie to a low glucose level.
- Trained with Medical Mutts in Indianapolis, which specializes in training rescue dogs as service dogs.
- Lilah trained full-time at Medical Mutts for 9 months. Charlie also worked with Medical Mutts during that time to learn how to interact with Lilah as a service dog, not just as a pet, and how to continue her training after leaving the program.
- Having Lilah as a trained service dog provides Charlie with another layer of security and reinforcement for his diabetes management program when he is not on the race track. (And is supercute and cuddly)
To learn more, visit:
- Twitter: @RaceWithInsulin and @CharlieKimball
- Instagram: @CharlieKimball
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CharlieKimball