Sage Karam takes first Firestone Indy Lights win in Milwaukee

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Sage Karam took his first victory in the Firestone Indy Lights Series at the Milwaukee Mile. Karam made the race-winning pass on erstwhile dominant force Zach Veach on lap 57 of the 100-lap race. From there, the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver didn’t look back.

Veach fell to third by the finish behind his Andretti Autosport teammate and series points leader Carlos Munoz. Munoz almost had a chance on the only restart of the race on lap 97, but with a lapped car in-between he and Karam, the American was able to launch just fine.

Veach had got the jump from second on the grid and while his car worked great in clean air, he struggled in traffic. He also burned his tires off early in the race and with a loss of grip, he could not maintain the same pace.

Gabby Chaves finished fourth ahead of Juan Pablo Garcia, with Peter Dempsey falling to sixth after making late, light contact with the Turn 2 wall.

Jorge Goncalvez and Jack Hawksworth rounded out the runners in the eight-car field.

Munoz leads the points 207-189 over Karam. Karam’s week also included his signing with GP Sports Management, the same group that represents Dario Franchitti, for his own career management.

Have a decent tax refund coming? Buy Ayrton Senna’s 1993 Monaco-winning car

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Are you expecting a better than normal tax refund? Did you get a very nice bonus from your company due to the new tax cut?

Well, if you have a good chunk of change hanging around and potentially can be in Monaco on May 11, you can have a chance to bid on the 1993 McLaren-Ford MP4/8A that the late Ayrton Senna drove in — and won — that year’s Monaco Grand Prix.

We’re not just talking about any race winner. It’s also the same car Senna won his sixth Monaco Grand Prix, and the chassis bears the number six.

It’s also the same car Senna piloted to that season’s F1 championship (his third and final title before sadly being killed the next year) and is the first McLaren driven by Senna that’s ever been sold or put up for auction.

The famed Bonhams auction house is overseeing the sale of the car.

“Any Grand Prix-winning car is important, but to have the golden combination of both Senna and Monaco is a seriously rare privilege indeed,” Bonhams global head of motorsport, Mark Osborne, told The Robb Report.

“Senna and Monaco are historically intertwined, and this car represents the culmination of his achievements at the Monegasque track. This is one of the most significant Grand Prix cars ever to appear at auction, and is certainly the most significant Grand Prix car to be offered since the Fangio Mercedes-Benz W196R, which sold for a world record at auction.”

How much might you need? You might want to get a couple of friends to throw in a few bucks as well.

“We expect the car to achieve a considerable seven-figure sum,” Osborne said.

The London newspaper “The Telegraph” predicts the car will sell in the $6.1 million range.”

“This car will set the world record for a Senna car at auction,” Osborne said. “We are as certain as you can be in the auction world.”

While you won’t be able to take the car for a test drive before the auction, it’ll be ready to roar once you pay the price.

“In theory, the buyer could be racing immediately upon receipt of the cleared funds after the auction,” Osborne said. “All systems are primed and ready.”