News & Multimedia

Karam To Make Indy 500 Debut With Ganassi Team

Sage Karam says being afforded the opportunity to compete in the 98th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race "is a very big day for me."

Chip Ganassi Racing Teams announced an agreement with the 2013 Indy Lights champion on a multi-year deal as a development driver, which will begin with the Indianapolis 500 through an alliance with Dreyer & Reinbold Kingdom Racing to drive in the No. 22 entry.

Karam, 19, of Nazareth, Pa., competed twice with Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates this year in the Rolex 24 At Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring sports car races.

"I couldn't be happier to join Chip Ganassi Racing's Verizon IndyCar Series program," said Karam, a high school senior. "It is honestly a dream come true for me and my racing career. I've been very fortunate to participate in a few IMSA races for Chip with the team, and I can't wait for my first experience in the Indianapolis 500."

Karam will participate in the Rookie Orientation Program on May 5 on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval. The opening day of practice is May 11 -- a day after the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the IMS road course -- and qualifications are May 17-18. The race is May 25.

Karam won the 2010 USF2000 Championship and was rookie of the year in Star Mazda in 2011. He won the Star Mazda title the next year, and is the only driver to win a races in each level of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder.

"Sage is a unique talent that we believe is a future star of the sport," Ganassi said. "Even at a young age, he has been successful at every level that he has raced at. It is nice to see his poise and tenacity on the racetrack as I think that will translate well to his driving at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 500. He reminds me of the two other recent young drivers that we have in our program, Kyle Larson and Dylan Kwasniewski."

Chip Ganassi Racing fields full-season Verizon IndyCar Series entries for reigning series champion Scott Dixon, 2013 Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan, 2012 Indy 500 pole sitter Ryan Briscoe and Charlie Kimball.

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, which fielded Oriol Servia in the 2013 Indianapolis 500 (11th place), joined INDYCAR in 2000 and made immediate impact with Robbie Buhl winning the season-opening race at Walt Disney World Speedway from the 22nd starting position.
 

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
Karam To Make Indy 500 Debut With Ganassi Team
 
Karam To Make Indy 500 Debut With Ganassi Team
Chip Ganassi Racing Teams announced an agreement with the 2013 Indy Lights champion on a multi-year deal as a development driver, which will begin with the Indianapolis 500 through an alliance with Dreyer & Reinbold Kingdom Racing to drive in the No. 22 entry.
Read More
Related Media
Ryan Hunter-Reay
 
Pit Road Debacles Hamper Hopes for Several Contenders
Two of Andretti Autosport’s strongest contenders, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Townsend Bell, saw their race chances come to a realistic end as they played bumper cars on Lap 117 at the end of pit road.
Read More
Alexander Rossi
 
Rossi Coasts into History with Stunning Win at 100th Running
Questions started being asked before Alexander Rossi’s empty fuel tank had his car sputtering out of the final corner of the last lap in Sunday’s 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Read More
Alexander Rossi
 
Alexander Rossi Wins the 100th Running of the Indy 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil
The rookie won the historic 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil with an improbable run to the finish on a rapidly vanishing fuel load, turning a final lap of 179.784 mph in the No. 98 NAPA Auto Parts/Curb Honda for Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian.
Read More
Lady Gaga
 
Lady Gaga brings High-Voltage Star Power to 100th Running
Global music and celebrity icon Lady Gaga will bring her high-voltage star power to the 100th Running of the Indy 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. To help kick off today’s historic edition of the largest single day sporting event on the planet, she will join Mario Andretti for a high-speed thrill ride known as the “Honda Fastest Seat in Sports.”
Read More
Borg-Warner Trophy
 
So Who is Going to Win the 100th Indy 500? Good Luck Picking Just One
Historical significance demanded everything possible be prepared to present the stage for an epic experience at Sunday’s 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 1,183
Reserve one of our hospitality suites for your next event!
To start planning your event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway please fill out our Information Request Form or contact Laura Wyamn at (317) 492-8557 or email at lwyman@brickyard.com.
Latest Tweets
Prepping for the #Indy500 Victory Banquet. @AlexanderRossi's @NAPARacing 2016 #Indy500 winning car has arrived! https://t.co/IQLtucst5c
about 2 hours ago