2013 Indy 500: Charlie Kimball cleared to race despite illness

Nick Laham

Charlie Kimball has been cleared to race in the 2013 Indianapolis 500 after falling ill Saturday.

Charlie Kimball was evaluated by doctors Sunday morning and has been cleared to race in the 2013 Indianapolis 500, according to USA Today. Kimball missed Saturday's public drivers' meeting due to an illness. There has been no word on what exactly was ailing Kimball, other than it was unrelated to his diabetes. Regardless, he is expected to start 19th when the green flag waves at 12:12 p.m ET.

SB Nation spoke exclusively with Kimball earlier this week. He is part of the Chip Ganassi Racing team, who will have four cars running in the race in pursuit of a second-straight Indy 500 win. The team didn't impress in qualifying (Scott Dixon will lead the team beginning in 16th position) after choosing to practice with their race-day setups. However, Kimball told SB Nation that this year represents his best chance to win.

"I really do think so," he said. "It's our third year together and second in the new chassis, so we needed to start showing improvement and we have. We're better prepared to get results this year and I'm more confident in my own ability to get it done. I truly believe that confidence will propel us up the grid later this year."

Kimball is one of 11 American drivers in the race. No American has won the Indianapolis 500 since Sam Hornish, Jr., in 2006. Kimball will attempt to do so one day after being treated with fluids by medical personnel.

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