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NBA legend Dominique Wilkins made it to Milwaukee last weekend with Kimball’s crew

Aug 20, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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Dominique Wilkins with Martin Plowman after a Honda pace car ride. Photo: INDYCAR

Charlie Kimball has had famous athletes stop by the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing setup before – Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck stopped by during practice for the 2013 Indianapolis 500.

Last weekend in Milwaukee, he had NBA legend, Hall of Famer and Atlanta Hawks vice president of basketball Dominique Wilkins as an honorary member of the No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet crew.

The 6-foot-8 Wilkins was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, which accounts for about 90 percent of diagnosis and is associated with age, obesity and family history.

“I went through denial for about a week,” he said Aug. 16 while getting a tour at the team’s paddock. “I was pretty shocked when I was diagnosed; my father died of diabetes and so did my grandfather. I knew it could affect somebody in our family but I didn’t think it could be me because I was in great shape.”

Wilkins was in awe of the racing team, crew and effort during the weekend. Here’s his tweets from the track:

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