One of the better highlights of this past weekend's Honda Indy Toronto involved American pilot Charlie Kimball and his great charge to a second-place finish. But while the California native was pleased with his efforts on Sunday, he made it clear that he's looking for more.
"Second's good; a win's better," said Kimball, who has shown legitimate improvement in his second IZOD IndyCar Series season.
After collecting just two top-10s in his rookie campaign last year, Kimball has netted five top-10s and now, his first podium in IndyCar. Once considered as simply the add-on piece in Graham Rahal's migration to Chip Ganassi Racing in 2011, Kimball is starting to make some noise. Whereas last year was simply about learning, Year Two has been about building on those lessons for both himself and his Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team.
Kimball checked in with TSN 1050 Toronto's Scott MacArthur on Tuesday morning to talk about his strong run in Toronto and clarify his views on why INDYCAR should, in his words, "endeavor to finish under green" instead of under caution. Sunday's race in Toronto ended in that scenario following multiple incidents on a restart with three laps remaining.
"The fans deserve [a green-flag finish]," he told MacArthur. "We need the opportunity as drivers to have a race to the checkers. Having said that, you need to do that safely and not artificially. There's been talk of green-white-checkered like NASCAR does and personally, I don't think that's the way to do it."
You can check out Kimball's interview on TSN's Podcast Centre (look for the July 10th "Gameday with Scott MacArthur -- Hour One" file) or on iTunes under "TSN 1050 Toronto Podcasts" (again, look for July 10th's Gameday Hour One file). Should you go the iTunes route, Kimball's interview starts with about 10 minutes remaining.