Indy car Don Branson kept his medical condition a secret while Mid-Ohio IndyCar Series winner Charlie Kimball has become the face of the very issue Branson kept hidden.

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didn’t know it but Sunday he was carrying the spirit of into victory lane at .

The sidelight of Kimball’s popular and first win in the IZOD series is that he’s a Type 1 diabetic who’s overcome a potential career-ending health issue with perseverance and a big assist from his sponsor, Novo Nordisk.

Thanks to the Novo Log FlexPen, which produces the perfect mixture of insulin before Charlie straps in, he was able to run full bore to the checkered flag in a caution-free race on one of the most physically-demanding road courses in North America.

When the 28-year-old Californian hopped out of his car to begin celebrating, he looked like he could have run another 90 laps.

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