Sage Karam

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Sage Karam
Sage Karam 2014.jpg
Karam in 2014
Nationality United States American
Born (1995-03-05) March 5, 1995 (age 23)
Nazareth, Pennsylvania, United States
IndyCar Series career
14 races run over 3 years
Team(s) No. 24 (Dreyer & Reinbold Racing)
2016 position 32nd
Best finish 20th (2015)
First race 2014 Indianapolis 500 (Indianapolis)
Last race 2017 Indianapolis 500 (Indianapolis)
Wins Podiums Poles
0 1 0
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.

Early life and education[edit]

Karam grew up in Nazareth, Pennsylvania and raced cars at Oakland Valley Race Park in Cuddebackville, New York. He has a younger sister, a swimmer.[1] He graduated from Nazareth Area High School in 2014.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] Karam won the Indy Lights title that year, becoming the eighth rookie to win the series championship.[6]

Sports cars[edit]

Karam was signed by Chip Ganassi Racing to compete in a number of endurance sportscar races in the United SportsCar Championship in 2014. He ran in the 24 Hours of Daytona,[7] driving the No. 01 car alongside Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas and Jamie McMurray,[8] and the 12 Hours of Sebring in the No. 02, next to IndyCar drivers Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan.[9]

The Daytona 24 Hours was a short race for Sage, as they suffered engine troubles and dropped out early.

Taking over in hour four, Karam made his 12 Hours of Sebring debut a memorable one by taking the No. 02 car from third place to the lead in his opening lap then extending his lead through the end of his driving stint. Karam took the wheel for his second stint with the car in fourth place and proceeded to drive to the lead again before handing off to Dixon, who was then knocked off course of a back-marker, leaving them in sixth place at race end.[10]

Back in the 01 car for Watkins Glen, teamed with Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas, things went awry quickly for the trio as first Rojas was sent hard into the wall by a slower GT car. They returned to the race several laps down, only for Pruett to suffer similar consequences when knocked into the wall by a sports prototype.[11]

With Rojas sidelined due to nagging back injuries,[12] Karam started for his final appearance of the season at the Brickyard Grand Prix, teamed with Pruett in the 01 car. Starting sixth, he skillfully dodged a major melee as several cars came together at the start. The 01 team remained among the leaders and lead 11 laps before collecting a second place, podium finish.[13]

During 2016, Karam worked as test driver of 3GT Racing's Lexus RC F GT3. He competed at the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for the factory-supported team, where his best class finish was fifth at Mosport Park.

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".[14] Karam qualified 31st but drove an outstanding race to finish ninth, the second highest-finishing rookie.[15][16]

During the 2015 IndyCar Series season Karam split the driving duties for the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 8 Dallara with Sebastián Saavedra,[17] who ran 4 races on a limited budget. He was credited with a 32nd place finish in the 2015 Indianapolis 500, after crashing into another car driven by Takuma Sato on the first lap. Sage was most likely not aware of Sato passing him at the on the outside at the start of the race, and drove Sato into the wall. At the next race which was at Detroit, Sage crashed into fellow driver Jack Hawksworth and spun him twice. Indycar then placed Karam on probation for the next 5 races. Karam captured his best finish at the 2015 Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway in July by running at the front of the pack and finishing third, scoring his first career podium. After which he was accused of reckless driving by sixth place finisher Ed Carpenter, who Karam had had difficulty passing during the closing laps.[18] At Mid-Ohio he was accused of spinning (under team orders) in an attempt to manipulate the 2015 Indycar Championship in favor of teammate Scott Dixon.[19]

In his Pennsylvania homecoming at Pocono Raceway for the 2015 ABC Supply 500 on August 23, Karam was leading with 21 laps remaining when he lost control exiting turn 1, eliminating his Chip Ganassi number 8 Dallara as it spun and crashed hard into the wall. Debris strewn from Karam's disintegrating car made contact with fellow competitor Justin Wilson's helmet, sending him into the infield wall where the safety team extracted him unconscious and unresponsive, necessitating an emergency medevac to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown where Wilson lay comatose, in critical condition.[20][21] Wilson died on August 24, 2015.[22]

Karam was again replaced for the 2015 season finale at Sonoma, by Sebastián Saavedra. Karam finished the 2015 IndyCar season 20th in points, bested by rival Gabby Chaves for 2015 rookie of the year honors. Replaced for the 2016 season, Karam's seat in the Chip Ganassi stable piloting the number 8 Dallara was secured by Max Chilton.

On a one race agreement for 2016, Dreyer & Reinbold signed Karam for the Indianapolis 500, initially with Havoline and Gas Monkey Garage as sponsors. Steadily improving from his 23rd qualifying slot on grid, into the top 10, yet again Karam crashed the car, attempting a high-side pass, lap 94, on Townsend Bell into Turn One.

On a successive one race agreement, again Dreyer & Reinbold signed Karam to drive the Mecum Auctions #24 Dallara-Chevrolet for the 2017 Indianapolis 500. Having improved from his 21st qualifying slot into the top 10, Karam retired his Mecum Auctions Dreyer & Reinbold entry at the 275 mile juncture, with a dead battery.

Personal life[edit]

As of August 2015, Karam lives in Nazareth, PA.[1]

Racing record[edit]

American open–wheel racing results[edit]

(key)

U.S. F2000 National Championship[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2010 Andretti Autosport STP
1
STP
1
ORP
2
IOW
1
NJM
1
NJM
9
ACC
2
ACC
1
ROA
1
ROA
1
ATL
1
ATL
1
1st 351

Star Mazda Championship[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
2011 Andretti Autosport STP
15
BAR
9
IND
3
MIL
1
IOW
1
MOS
13
TRO
4
TRO
5
SON
4
BAL
2
LAG
16
5th 364
2012 Andretti Autosport STP
8
STP
7
BAR
2
BAR
12
IND
2
IOW
1
TOR
21
TOR
3
EDM
2
EDM
2
TRO
2
TRO
1
BAL
15
BAL
1
LAG
7
LAG
19
ATL
2
3rd 325

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]

(key)

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
2015 Chip Ganassi Racing STP
19
NLA
18
LBH ALA
18
IMS INDY
32
DET
16
DET
12
TXS
12
TOR FON
5
MIL
19
IOW
3
MDO
22
POC
14
SNM 20th 197
2016 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing STP PHX LBH ALA IMS INDY
32
DET DET RDA IOW TOR MDO POC TXS WGL SNM 32nd 22
2017 STP LBH ALA PHX IMS INDY
28
DET DET TXS ROA IOW TOR MDO POC GTW WGL SNM 34th 23
2018 STP PHX LBH ALA IMS INDY
26
DET DET TXS RDA IOW TOR MDO POC GTW POR SNM 36th* 10*

* Season still in progress.

Years Teams Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)**
Top 10s
(Non-podium)***
Indianapolis 500
Wins
Championships
4 2 15 0 0 1 2 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
2015 Dallara Chevrolet 22 32 Chip Ganassi Racing
2016 Dallara Chevrolet 23 32 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing / Kingdom Racing
2017 Dallara Chevrolet 21 28 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
2018 Dallara Chevrolet 24 26 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rob Harms (August 22, 2015). "The New Face of IndyCar Racing Is Not Afraid to Bump Fenders or Heads". The New York Times. Retrieved August 23, 2015. 
  2. ^ Matt Smith (August 5, 2015). "IndyCar driver Sage Karam returns to Nazareth Area High School on Aug. 5, 2015". The Express-Times. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved August 23, 2015. 
  3. ^ Karam Puts an Exclamation Point on His Title By Dominating Friday's USF2000 Race Archived July 19, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., Paddock Talk, October 1, 2010, Retrieved October 4, 2010
  4. ^ Piersall, Debbie. Nazareth teen is one step closer to Indy after championship, The Morning Call, October 1, 2010, Retrieved October 4, 2010
  5. ^ Sage Karam Graduates With Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Archived March 11, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., SPEED, March 8, 2013, Retrieved March 14, 2013
  6. ^ Lewandowski, Dave (October 19, 2013). "Karam secures title; Munoz wins fourth race". IndyCar. Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  7. ^ Blake, Corkey (January 4, 2014). "Sage Karam to drive for Chip Ganassi Racing in the Rolex 24 at Daytona". The Express-Times. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  8. ^ Kelly, Goodwin (January 4, 2014). "Ganassi announces powerhouse Rolex 24 at Daytona driver lineup". Daytona News-Journal. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  9. ^ Ganassi Confirms Sebring Lineups - Tony DiZinno, Sportscar365, March 5, 2014
  10. ^ https://sagekaram.com/2014/03/16/cgrfs-wins-12-hours-sebring-debut/
  11. ^ http://www.escuderiatelmex.com/wps/portal/et/en/noticias/detalle/carrera-6-horas-glen
  12. ^ https://sagekaram.com/tag/brickyard-grand-prix/
  13. ^ http://racing-reference.info/race/2014_Brickyard_Grand_Prix/TU
  14. ^ Sage Karam, 19, lands Indy 500 ride with Ganassi and DRR, USA Today, April 29, 2014, retrieved May 30, 2014
  15. ^ Fox Sports. "Carpenter, Rahal rip rookie Karam after high-speed Iowa showdown". FOX Sports. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
  16. ^ Associated Press (January 25, 2015). "Sage Karam makes another strong case for full-time ride". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
  17. ^ http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2015/04/14/sage-karam-and-sebastian-saavedra-to-split-ganassi-ride-for-remainder-indycar.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  18. ^ http://www.mcall.com/sports/motorracing/mc-sage-karam-indycar-press-conference-20150722-story.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  19. ^ http://autoweek.com/article/indycar/no-indycar-punishment-sage-karam-after-mid-ohio-spin.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  20. ^ "Justin Wilson airlifted to hospital during Pocono race". ESPN. August 23, 2015. Retrieved August 23, 2015. 
  21. ^ Olson, Jeff (August 23, 2015). "IndyCar driver Justin Wilson in a coma after Pocono crash". USA Today. Retrieved August 23, 2015. 
  22. ^ Curt Cavin (August 24, 2015). "Justin Wilson dies of head injury". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 

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