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INDIANAPOLIS – Charlie Kimball will check his blood-glucose numbers constantly before, during and after Sunday's Indianapolis 500.
He doesn't have a choice.
The California native was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2007, and the only way he can win is to keep those numbers at the proper level.
His team understands, allowing him to take practice breaks when necessary and tracking his sugar levels throughout races with a special monitor inside the cockpit of his No. 83 car. And if he needs something to help him during the race, Kimball can switch a specially designed valve to drink orange juice instead of water.
IndyCar officials and team members say Kimball has never had a problem during a race.