Sage Karam

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Sage Karam
Nationality United States American
Born (1995-03-05) March 5, 1995 (age 19)
Nazareth, Pennsylvania, United States
Debut season 2013
Current team Sam Schmidt Motorsports
Firestone Indy Lights
Starts 12
Wins 3
Poles 3
Previous series
2010
2011-2012
U.S. F2000 National Championship
Star Mazda Championship
Championship titles
2010
2013
U.S. F2000 National Championship
Firestone Indy Lights Champion

Sage Karam (born March 5, 1995) is an American racing driver from Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

Racing career[edit]

Early racing[edit]

After karting, Karam competed in the 2010 season of the U.S. F2000 National Championship for Andretti Autosport. Karam won nine of the twelve races and the pole in all but one race and dominated the championship.[1] For winning the championship, as a part of the Road to Indy program and the Mazdaspeed development ladder, Karam won a prize package valued at US$350,000 that allowed him to compete in the Star Mazda Championship in 2011, again with Andretti Autosport.[2] Karam won back-to-back oval races at the Milwaukee Mile and Iowa Speedway and finished fifth in points, winning rookie of the year honors. He returned to the team and series in 2012 and improved to third in points with three race wins.

Indy Lights[edit]

In 2013 he moved up the Road to Indy ladder to the Firestone Indy Lights series with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.[3] Karam won the Indy Lights title that year, becoming the eighth rookie to win the series championship.[4]

Sports cars[edit]

Karam was signed by Chip Ganassi Racing to compete in some endurance sportscar races of the United SportsCar Championship in 2014. He ran in the 24 Hours of Daytona,[5] driving the No. 01 car alongside Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas and Jamie McMurray,[6] and entered the 12 Hours of Sebring in the No. 02 next to IndyCar drivers Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan.[7]

IndyCar[edit]

Ganassi secured Karam a seat in the 2014 Indianapolis 500 with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, which had not run an IndyCar race since the previous "500".[8] Karam qualified 31st but drove an outstanding race to finish ninth, the second highest-finishing rookie.

Racing record[edit]

American open–wheel racing results[edit]

(key)

Indy Lights[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2013 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports STP
3
ALA
4
LBH
3
INDY
3
MIL
1
IOW
1
POC
2
TOR
6
MDO
8
BAL
2
HOU
1
FON
3
1st 460

IndyCar Series[edit]

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Rank Points
2014 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara DW12 Chevrolet STP LBH ALA IMS INDY
9
DET DET TXS HOU HOU POC IOW TOR TOR MDO MIL SNM FON 27th 57
1 Run on same day.
Years Teams Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)**
Top 10s
(Non-podium)***
Indianapolis 500
Wins
Championships
1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
** Podium (Non-win) indicates 2nd or 3rd place finishes.
*** Top 10s (Non-podium) indicates 4th through 10th place finishes.

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2014 Dallara Chevrolet 31 9 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

References[edit]

  1. ^ Karam Puts an Exclamation Point on His Title By Dominating Friday's USF2000 Race, Paddock Talk, October 1, 2010, Retrieved 2010-10-04
  2. ^ Piersall, Debbie. Nazareth teen is one step closer to Indy after championship, The Morning Call, October 1, 2010, Retrieved 2010-10-04
  3. ^ Sage Karam Graduates With Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, SPEED, March 8, 2013, Retrieved 2013-03-14
  4. ^ Lewandowski, Dave (October 19, 2013). "Karam secures title; Munoz wins fourth race". IndyCar. Retrieved 2013-10-19. 
  5. ^ Blake, Corkey (January 4, 2014). "Sage Karam to drive for Chip Ganassi Racing in the Rolex 24 At Daytona". The Express-Times. Retrieved 2014-01-04. 
  6. ^ Kelly, Goodwin (January 4, 2014). "Ganassi announces powerhouse Rolex 24 At Daytona driver lineup". Daytona News-Journal. Retrieved 2014-01-04. 
  7. ^ Ganassi Confirms Sebring Lineups - Tony DiZinno, Sportscar365, 5 March 2014
  8. ^ Sage Karam, 19, lands Indy 500 ride with Ganassi and DRR, USA Today, April 29, 2014, retrieved 2014-05-30

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tristan Vautier
Indy Lights Champion
2013
Succeeded by
Gabby Chaves