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Sage Karam

American racing driver
The basics
About
Occupation Engineer Racecar driver
Country United States of America
Date of birth Nazareth
The details
Biography

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

Early life and education

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. He graduated from Nazareth Area High School in 2014.

Racing career

Early racing

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. 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. 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

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

Sports cars

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, driving the No. 01 car alongside Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas and Jamie McMurray, and the 12 Hours of Sebring in the No. 02, next to IndyCar drivers Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan.

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.

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.

With Rojas sidelined due to nagging back injuries, 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.

During 2016, Karam worked as test driver of the Lexus RC F GT3. He will compete at the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

IndyCar

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

During the 2015 IndyCar Series season Karam split the driving duties for the Chip Ganassi Racing #8 Dallara with Sebastián Saavedra running 4 races on a limited budget. He finished 32nd in the 2015 Indianapolis 500, after a first lap incident with Takuma Sato. Karam captured his best finish at the 2015 Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway in July by finishing third and scoring his first career podium, after which he was accused of reckless driving by fellow competitor Ed Carpenter. At Mid-Ohio he was accused of spinning (under team orders) in an attempt to manipulate the 2015 Indycar Championship.

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. Wilson died on August 24, 2015.

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.

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

Racing record

American open–wheel racing results

(key)

U.S. F2000 National Championship

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

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

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

(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
Years Teams Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)**
Top 10s
(Non-podium)***
Indianapolis 500
Wins
Championships
3 2 14 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

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

Personal life

As of August 2015, Karam lives in Indianapolis.

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