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IndyCar driver Charlie Kimball talks about use of service dog when off the track

Supercute. Supercuddly. And superhelpful.

Meet Lilah, a trained service dog for IndyCar Series driver Charlie Kimball and a companion on his journey with diabetes.

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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) 

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