Sage Karam

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Sage Karam
Sage Karam 2014.jpg
Karam in 2014
NationalityUnited States American
Born (1995-03-05) March 5, 1995 (age 26)
Nazareth, Pennsylvania, United States
IndyCar Series career
24 races run over 8 years
Team(s)No. 24 (Dreyer & Reinbold Racing)
2019 position27th
Best finish20th (2015)
First race2014 Indianapolis 500 (Indianapolis)
Last race2021 Indianapolis (Indianapolis)
Wins Podiums Poles
0 1 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
4 races run over 1 year
Car no., teamNo. 31 (Jordan Anderson Racing)
First race2021 Pennzoil 150 (Indianapolis)
Last race2021 Xfinity Series Championship Race (Phoenix)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
1 race run over 1 year
Truck no., teamNo. 3 (Jordan Anderson Racing)
First race2021 United Rentals 200 (Martinsville)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Previous series
2010
2011–2012
2013
2019
U.S. F2000 National Championship
Star Mazda Championship
Indy Lights
Americas Rallycross Championship
Championship titles
2010
2013
U.S. F2000 National Championship
Firestone Indy Lights Champion

Sage Rennie Karam (born March 5, 1995) is an American professional racing driver who competes part-time in the NTT IndyCar Series, driving the No. 24 Chevrolet Indy V6 for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing as well as part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 31 Chevrolet Camaro for Jordan Anderson Racing.

Racing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Karam's 2012 Petit Le Mans car

Karam grew up in Nazareth, Pennsylvania and raced go-karts at Oakland Valley Race Park in Cuddebackville, New York. 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 a number of endurance sportscar races in 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 the 12 Hours of Sebring in the No. 02, next to IndyCar drivers Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9]

With Rojas sidelined due to nagging back injuries,[10] 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.[11]

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]

Karam sitting in front of his pit stall before the 2015 Indianapolis 500 Carb Day

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".[12] Karam qualified 31st but drove an outstanding race to finish ninth, the second-highest-finishing rookie.[13][14]

During the 2015 IndyCar Series season Karam split the driving duties for the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 8 Dallara with Sebastián Saavedra,[15] who ran four races on a limited budget. While his season started slowly, by finishing in the lower third of the field in his first three road/street courses events of the season, he proved to be a quick study on the ovals. At Indianapolis, he was at the top of the speed charts on the opening day of practice and consistently remained among the top cars in successive sessions. After qualifying 23rd, with a conservative setup, he was on top of the speed charts again during the post-qualifying practice and 7th quickest during Carb Day. Considered to be a dark-horse favorite on race day, it was all for naught as he was forced to settle with a 32nd-place finish in the 2015 Indianapolis 500, after contact with Takuma Sato. At the next race, which was at Detroit, in a heavy downpour, Karam was on pole with 90 seconds left in qualifying when IndyCar canceled the session due to track conditions. Following his 3rd place qualifying effort and leading 5 laps on his way to a 5th place finish at Fontana, Karam captured his season best finish at the 2015 Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway in July, by finishing 3rd.

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.[16][17] Wilson succumbed to his injuries on August 24, 2015.[18]

With Saavedra back in the car for the 2015 season finale at Sonoma, 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.

Karam talking to people on pit road before the 2017 Indianapolis 500

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, Karam crashed on lap 94, going into Townsend Bell in Turn One.

On a successive one race agreement, again Dreyer & Reinbold signed Karam to drive the Mecum Auctions No. 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. He joined the team again in 2018, sponsored by Wix, but crashed the car on lap 154.

In 2019, he again drove for Dreyer & Reinbold in the 2019 Indianapolis 500. He started 31st and finished 19th. It was announced on July 2, 2019 that Karam would drive for Carlin in the Honda Indy Toronto.[19]

On January 7, 2020, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing announced that they would be expanding their race schedule to at least four races with Karam driving them.[20] These races include the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, GMR Grand Prix, 2020 Indianapolis 500, and Honda Indy Toronto. A pit error in the Indy 500 took the team out of contention.[21]

On May 23, 2021, Karam joined Will Power of Australia and Simona de Silvestro of Switzerland as the final three drivers to qualify in the 11th and last row for the 105th running of the Indy 500. He earned a seventh position, his best Indy 500 finish ever.

Rallycross[edit]

Karam was signed by Dreyer & Reinbold Racing on a five-race contract for the 2019 Americas Rallycross Championship season.[22] He performed well, never finishing lower than second and earned a win at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.[23] In 2021, he returned to rallycross with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing to compete in Nitro Rallycross.[24]

NASCAR[edit]

On July 26, 2021, it was announced that Karam would make his NASCAR debut in the No. 31 for Jordan Anderson Racing in the Xfinity Series' Pennzoil 150 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.[25] His schedule with JAR was eventually expanded to include the Xfinity races at Bristol Motor Speedway and the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval, as well as the Camping World Truck Series event at Martinsville Speedway.[26]

Personal life[edit]

Karam lives in Nazareth, Pennsylvania with his wife Abigail Guman and two dogs. The two were married on July 17, 2021.[27] He has a younger sister, Sydnee Karam, a swimmer.[27] He graduated from Nazareth Area High School in 2014.[28]

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 No. Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Rank Points
2014 Dreyer & Reinbold Kingdom Racing Dallara DW12 22 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 8 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 24 STP PHX LBH ALA IMS INDY
32
DET DET ELK IOW TOR MDO POC TXS WGL SNM 32nd 22
2017 STP LBH ALA PHX IMS INDY
28
DET DET TXS ELK IOW TOR MDO POC GTW WGL SNM 34th 23
2018 STP PHX LBH ALA IMS INDY
26
DET DET TXS ELK IOW TOR MDO POC GTW POR SNM 40th 10
2019 STP COA ALA LBH IMS INDY
19
DET DET TXS ELK 27th 39
Carlin 31 TOR
21
IOW
22
MDO POC GTW POR LAG
2020 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 24 TXS
IMS
23
ROA
ROA
IOW
IOW
INDY
24
GTW
GTW
MDO MDO IMS
23
IMS
24
STP
29th 32
2021 ALA
STP
TXS
TXS
IMS
INDY
7
DET
DET
ROA
MDO
NSH
IMS
GTW
POR
LAG
LBH
30th 53

* Season still in progress.

Years Teams Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)**
Top 10s
(Non-podium)***
Indianapolis 500
Wins
Championships
4 2 16 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
2019 Dallara Chevrolet 31 19 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
2020 Dallara Chevrolet 31 24 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
2021 Dallara Chevrolet 31 7 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

Complete WeatherTech SportsCar Championship results[edit]

(key)(Races in bold indicate pole position, Results are overall/class)

Year Team Class Make Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Rank Points
2014 Chip Ganassi Racing P Ford EcoBoost Riley DP Ford Ecoboost 3.5 L V6 Turbo DAY
11
SEB
6
LBH
LGA
DET
WGL
8
MOS
IMS
2
ELK
COA
PET
23rd 104
2015 Chip Ganassi Racing P Ford EcoBoost Riley DP Ford Ecoboost 3.5 L V6 Turbo DAY
6
SIR
LBH
LGA
DET
WGL
MSP
ELK
COA
PET
27th 26

American rallycross racing results[edit]

Complete Americas Rallycross results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Rank Points
2019 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Olsbergs MSE ARX2 MDO GAT TRR COTA MDO 6th 129
2 2 DNP DNP DNP DNP 2 1 2

Complete Nitro Rallycross results[edit]

Year Entrant Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Rank Points
2021 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Olsbergs MSE NEXT UT ERX WHP GHR FIRM 3rd* 285*
DNS 5 7 1 1 1 3 2

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Xfinity Series[edit]

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 NXSC Pts Ref
2021 Jordan Anderson Racing 31 Chevy DAY DAY HOM LVS PHO ATL MAR TAL DAR DOV COA CLT MOH TEX NSH POC ROA ATL NHA GLN IND
26
MCH DAY DAR RCH BRI
16
LVS TAL CLT
25
TEX KAN MAR PHO
25
45th 62 [29]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 NCWTC Pts Ref
2021 Jordan Anderson Racing 3 Chevy DAY DAY LVS ATL BRI RCH KAN DAR COA CLT TEX NSH POC KNX GLN GTW DAR BRI LVS TAL MAR
32
PHO -* -*

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ Piersall, Debbie. Nazareth teen is one step closer to Indy after championship, The Morning Call, October 1, 2010, Retrieved October 4, 2010
  3. ^ Sage Karam Graduates With Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Archived March 11, 2013, at the Wayback Machine, SPEED, March 8, 2013, Retrieved March 14, 2013
  4. ^ Lewandowski, Dave (October 19, 2013). "Karam secures title; Munoz wins fourth race". IndyCar. Retrieved October 19, 2013.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Kelly, Goodwin (January 4, 2014). "Ganassi announces powerhouse Rolex 24 at Daytona driver lineup". Daytona News-Journal. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
  7. ^ Ganassi Confirms Sebring Lineups - Tony DiZinno, Sportscar365, March 5, 2014
  8. ^ https://sagekaram.com/2014/03/16/cgrfs-wins-12-hours-sebring-debut/
  9. ^ http://www.escuderiatelmex.com/wps/portal/et/en/noticias/detalle/carrera-6-horas-glen
  10. ^ https://sagekaram.com/tag/brickyard-grand-prix/
  11. ^ "07/25/2014 race: Brickyard Grand Prix (WSCC) - Racing-Reference.info". www.racing-reference.info. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  12. ^ Sage Karam, 19, lands Indy 500 ride with Ganassi and DRR, USA Today, April 29, 2014, retrieved May 30, 2014
  13. ^ Fox Sports. "Carpenter, Rahal rip rookie Karam after high-speed Iowa showdown". FOX Sports. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
  14. ^ "Sage Karam makes another strong case for full-time ride". Indianapolis Star. Associated Press. January 25, 2015. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
  15. ^ "Sage Karam and Sebastian Saavedra to split Ganassi ride for remainder of IndyCar season". Associated Press. May 26, 2015. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  16. ^ "Justin Wilson airlifted to hospital during Pocono race". ESPN. August 23, 2015. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  17. ^ Olson, Jeff (August 23, 2015). "IndyCar driver Justin Wilson in a coma after Pocono crash". USA Today. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  18. ^ Curt Cavin (August 24, 2015). "Justin Wilson dies of head injury". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
  19. ^ INDYCAR (July 2, 2019). "KARAM LANDS RIDE WITH CARLIN FOR TORONTO". INDYCAR.com. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  20. ^ "Dreyer & Reinbold expands Indycar program for 2020". RACER. January 7, 2020. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  21. ^ RACER (August 24, 2020). "karam-rues-pitlane-error". RACER.com. Retrieved August 24, 2020.
  22. ^ ARX (April 18, 2019). "INDY 500 DRIVER SAGE KARAM TO COMPETE IN ARX2 WITH DREYER & REINBOLD RACING AT MID-OHIO & GATEWAY". arxrallycross.com. Retrieved October 28, 2019.
  23. ^ ARX (October 5, 2019). "INDY 500 DRIVER SAGE KARAM CLAIMS FIRST ARX2 VICTORY". arxrallycross.com. Retrieved October 28, 2019.
  24. ^ Dreyer and Reinbold Racing (September 8, 2021). "He's back! We're pleased to announce Sage Karam will drive in one of our NRX NEXT cars!". twitter.com. Retrieved October 22, 2021. line feed character in |title= at position 38 (help)
  25. ^ "Sage Karam to drive for Jordan Anderson Racing at Indy Road Course". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. July 26, 2021.
  26. ^ Stumpf, Stephen (September 10, 2021). "Sage Karam Returns to Jordan Anderson Racing for 2 Races, Sets Truck Debut for Martinsville". Frontstretch. Retrieved October 6, 2021.
  27. ^ 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.
  28. ^ 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.
  29. ^ "Sage Karam – 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series Results". Racing Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved July 26, 2021.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by Indy Lights Champion
2013
Succeeded by