DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – ripKurrent will make its NTT IndyCar Series debut as a primary partner at the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 with Charlie Kimball piloting the No. 23 ripKurrent Carlin Chevrolet at World Wide Technology Raceway.
“We’re really looking forward to being a part of ripKurrent’s debut into the NTT IndyCar Series and having Charlie back in the No. 23 for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500. ripKurrent is a new, innovative company, which is exactly the type of partner the series needs right now,” said Team Principal Trevor Carlin. “We’re very excited to have Charlie back in the car at Gateway also. He brings so much experience and knowledge to the team and he’s shown how strong he is on the ovals, so hopefully we can get ripKurrent a good result at their first race.”
ripKurrent is an energy services company that delivers 30-50% energy savings for clients that have a high intensity of energy consumption, or a large portfolio of facilities, equating to a substantial utility spend. ripKurrent’s team of design engineers and product specialists have applied expertise in HVAC, refrigeration, LED lighting and energy management control systems. r
ipKurrent features cloud-based energy management and analytics platforms that continuously measure, monitor and control their clients’ facilities in order to maximize energy efficiencies, reduce carbon footprint and achieve tremendous cost savings, in-turn increasing the overall value of their clients’ companies.
“The Bommarito Automotive Group 500 marks ripKurrent’s first foray into motorsports. Both Justin Dye (ripKurrent CEO) and I have been passionate about IndyCar for many years, dating back to our childhood in southern Indiana,” stated Jade Culbertson, ripKurrent President. “We grew up watching open-wheel racing on small dirt tracks and, of course, the Indianapolis 500. To have ripKurrent partnered with an NTT IndyCar Series team is special to us and being associated with Carlin and Charlie Kimball is extremely exciting. Charlie is a very accomplished and well-respected driver – he’s the first licensed driver with diabetes in the history of Indy car racing, which is significant to me, having lost my mother due to complications with diabetes two years ago. Speed, innovation, technology and efficiency have always been synonymous with IndyCar and that aligns perfectly with our brand and energy services business at ripKurrent. We’re serious about reducing energy consumption for our clients, resulting in a reduced carbon footprint, a healthier planet and significant cost savings.”
Kimball is competing in his ninth season in the NTT IndyCar Series. He scored his first NTT IndyCar Series win in 2013 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and his first pole in 2017 at Texas Motor Speedway. Kimball has 138 Indy car starts, producing one win, one pole, 14 top-five finishes, 55 top-10 finishes, and 163 laps led (2011-Present). Along with his career in IndyCar, he also made his debut in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2013 at the Rolex 24 At Daytona, where he was a member of the overall winning team alongside IMSA’s all-time winningest driver Scott Pruett.
“After meeting the ripKurrent group last year and seeing their passion for the NTT IndyCar Series with its competitive racing and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, it is really exciting to carry their name on the No. 23 ripKurrent Carlin Chevrolet at the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway,” said Kimball. “Racing under the lights is what the NTT IndyCar Series is all about and we will be aiming for a great result for ripKurrent, Carlin and Team Chevy.”