Pantano to sub for Kimball in Ohio
1 August 2012 – Former F1 driver Giorgio Pantano is to return to the IndyCar Series, which heads to Ohio this weekend. The Italian substitutes for Anglo-American Charlie Kimball, who last Thursday suffered a fractured hand after crashing in testing at the same circuit.
Kimball broke the fifth metacarpal in his right hand. Following extensive evaluation in Indianapolis this week, doctors declared that he would not be able to race.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity to be rejoining Chip Ganassi Racing and the IndyCar Series this weekend,” Pantano comments. “You never want to have something happen to another driver and I wish Charlie a quick recovery. Nonetheless, the opportunity is here and I am looking forward to working with the team again and making the best of it.”
In Formula 1, Pantano raced in 15 Grands Prix for Jordan in 2004, picking up a best finish of 13th at Sepang and the Nürburgring. He made his IndyCar debut in 2005, taking part in two events, before going on to become GP2 Champion three years later.