GASTONIA, N.C. – WIX Filters, a global manufacturer of filtration products, announced Thursday that it will serve as the chief technical partner for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing’s No. 24 Indianapolis 500 entry alongside 22-year-old Sage Karam.
WIX Filters, now in its 79th year of production, is entering its sixth year of a multi-level partnership with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, including serving as the Official Technical Partner and oil filter of the team.
The partnership spans several racing disciplines, including the Indianapolis 500 and Red Bull Global Rallycross.
“DRR has been a phenomenal partner for WIX the past few years and we are thrilled to continue that relationship at the world’s biggest auto race,” said Jennifer Gibson, brand manager for WIX. “Sage Karam has been a charger at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in his first Indy 500 events. We can’t wait to see him drive the No. 24 WIX Filters IndyCar at more than 230 mph in May.”
Race teams have relied on the quality and performance of WIX Filters for 60 years, and in return, the track provides exceptional R&D testing grounds for WIX engineers.
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing – which has entered and qualified 36 cars in the Indy 500 dating back to 1999 – has run single-car entries in the Indy 500 for the past six years, after being a multi-car operation through 2011.
Now, DRR enters Karam with the new universal Verizon IndyCar Series body kits for the Dallara cars.
“We are very pleased to bring WIX Filters to the Indianapolis 500 with Sage for the ‘Greatest Spectacle in Racing’ in 2018,” said team owner Dennis Reinbold. “WIX Filters has been a great technical partner for many years and we are thrilled to have the company back for this great race. WIX is a valued sponsor and has made numerous valuable contributions to Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, both on and off the race track through our six-year partnership.”
“The WIX brand means quality and performance, which is what we’re all about. We hope to put WIX Filters in the winner’s circle in 2018.”
Karam will enter his fifth Indy 500 and fourth with the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing team this year. He won the Hard Charger Award as a rookie in 2015 Indy 500, coming from 31st to ninth, and put on a sensational drive from 23rd to fourth in 2016 before retiring from the event on lap 94.
In addition, Karam won the Indy Lights point championship in 2013.
“Sage has become a strong competitor for us in his three previous races with our team,” said Reinbold. “And he has shown the potential to contend for the coveted victory at the Brickyard. Now, I feel confident about our chances with Sage.”
“It’s always exciting to enter and prepare for the world’s biggest auto race,” added Karam. “It’s great to have a global brand like WIX Filters come with us to this year’s Indy 500. WIX Filters has helped race teams at all levels win and they are perfect to be a part of our 2018 team.”
“This year marks my fourth appearance at the Brickyard with the Dreyer & Reinbold team and I have produced a contending car each year. I expect that to be the case this year. I’m anxious to try the new IndyCar body kits on the legendary 2.5-mile oval this May.”
CREDIT: WIX Filters