INDIANAPOLIS – official team release — Joe Skibinski photo —
Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) announced today that development driver Sage Karam will join the team’s Verizon IndyCar Series lineup in the No. 8 GE LED Chevrolet for the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla.
Karam’s No. 8 Chevrolet will bear the GE LED livery to start his first Verizon IndyCar Series event outside of the 2014 Indianapolis 500.
“I am very happy to be making this announcement about Sage,” said team owner Chip Ganassi. “If there ever was a kid that deserved an opportunity in this series it is Sage. He has done everything that we have asked him to do and has turned a lot of heads whether it is driving an Indy car, sports car or simply making appearances. Sage is a class act and we are happy to have him run in St. Petersburg as we continue to work on the rest of the season.”
Karam signed a multi-year deal last season as a CGRT development driver which began with the 2014 Indianapolis 500. The former Indy Lights Champion became the youngest Indy Lights Champion in history at 18 years old in 2013. Karam is also the first driver to compete in all levels of the Mazda Road to Indy program, where he became the only driver to win races at each level.
Prior to that he was the youngest winner of the Skip Barber scholarship, where he also became the youngest winner ever in the Skip Barber shootout at 13 years old. Earlier this year, Karam was also teammates on the No. 01 Ford Ecoboost/Target Riley for the Rolex 24 at Daytona with Scott Pruett, Joey Hand and Charlie Kimball.
Comfort Revolution and Big Machine Records will continue to back Karam after his Verizon IndyCar Series debut at the Indianapolis 500 in 2014, where he was the highest-finishing CGRT driver with a ninth-place finish. Both partners have also supported Karam’s drives in the TUDOR United Sports Car Championship at the 12 Hours of Sebring and the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
“It’s such an honor to get the opportunity to race in the Verizon IndyCar Series, especially in a CGRT car,” said Karam. “The 2014 season was a great learning experience with the team as a whole and I feel prepared to get out there and be competitive. I’m really glad that I’ll be able to represent Comfort Revolution and Big Machine Records. Comfort Revolution has been with me throughout my racing career and the guys at Big Machine Records have been great partners.”
“This is truly one of the biggest days of my life and now I’m just ready for the season to get started.”
With his scheduled start in St. Petersburg next month, Karam will become the youngest driver in CGRT history to start an Indy car race for the team at 20 years old. Team Target driver Scott Dixon currently holds the mark at 22 years old, when he debuted for CGRT at the Milwaukee Mile in 2002.
CREDIT: Chip Ganassi Racing Teams