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Ganassi partners with diabetes group

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 15, 2013 at 6:10 pm •  Published: February 15, 2013

Kimball is able to compete through a doctor-approved program that revolves around diet and exercise. He uses a pre-filled insulin pen and a continuous glucose monitor.

"I try to share my message by first leading through example and secondarily by getting information and awareness out there," Kimball said. "It's important that I keep making the message of 'I am successful and I have diabetes.' It's not 'I am successful but,' or 'I am successful despite,' or 'I am successful instead of." It's just 'My name is Charlie, I am 27 years old and I have diabetes.' "

Kimball as an ambassador for a cause has learned a lot from watching McMurray, who through his foundation promotes awareness of autism. And in 2011, McMurray visited Joplin, Mo., following a devastating tornado and has been committed to assisting in the rebuild of his hometown.

It made McMurray a perfect fit to participate in the Race with Insulin campaign, and McMurray seemed genuinely humbled to be included.

"This is a great story and a great cause," he said. "From my standpoint, whether it's with autism or the Joplin tornado, I've been asked numerous times if you'd rather be known as a great race car driver or a great human being. Being a great race car driver is a goal, ultimately when your time on this earth is over you want to be known as being a great person. So to be able to get involved with causes like this is really special, and I feel really honored to be able to help Charlie and be part of his team."

The Ganassi origination is unique in that the team competes in three national series, giving sponsors an opportunity to reach many markets and fan bases.

"It's really incredible what Chip's team is able to offer to different partners to not only be part of the NASCAR program on the Martinsville weekend, but he has something to tie into Grand-Am and IndyCar, as well," McMurray said. "It's something no other organization is able to do."