INDIANAPOLIS- The worst kept secret for the upcoming Verizon IndyCar Series season is undoubtedly Sage Karam. The 19-year old is a Chip Ganassi Racing developmental driver and ran in the 2014 Indianapolis 500 for the team.
The Pennsylvania native came home ninth in his lone IndyCar start.
That got everyone thinking it was time to see him on a full-time basis. When the team announced that Ryan Briscoe wouldn’t be returning to the team in 2015, that left speculation that Karam would fill his place.
It makes too much sense.
But, as we sit here today, he still doesn’t have a full-time deal done.
But, we do know he will run at least one race for Ganassi in 2015 as Karam announced during his media availability that he will be in the No. 8 GE Chevrolet in the season opener at St. Pete in March.
Karam, sees this as not a learning opportunity or trying out act anymore as if the funding is there the seat is his.
He won the 2013 Indy Lights championship with Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports winning three times and having nine podiums in 12 races. He works his way up through the Mazda Road to Indy program as he came to IndyCar and Indy Lights via the F2000 and Star Mazda program with Andretti Autosport.
Now, the American is primed to be the next star. It starts at St. Pete and the goal is for the rest of the 2015 season.
Eric Smith is a Senior Writer for the Indiana Sports Report covering Racing. He’s covered both IndyCar and NASCAR action since 2009 and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by both the IndyCar Series and all three divisions of NASCAR racing.
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