Sage Karam visits Ganassi’s NASCAR team, but here’s to him sticking in IndyCar

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Over the years, there’s been a lot of potential young, American open-wheel stars – Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Larson immediately come to mind – who had open-wheel roots but eventually made it big in NASCAR.

Here’s to hoping for IndyCar’s sake that Sage Karam, the 2013 Indy Lights champion, isn’t on that list.

Karam, who starred in his Indianapolis 500 debut and in various sports car races as a Chip Ganassi Racing development driver, visited Ganassi’s NASCAR shop in Charlotte for the first time on Tuesday.

Ganassi has Larson in his rookie year of Sprint Cup and also has Dylan Kwasniewski as a development driver on the NASCAR side.

Although at the moment Karam doesn’t have any additional Verizon IndyCar Series races planned this year – Iowa and/or Milwaukee were mooted in a 1260 WNDE radio interview in early June – he’s still Ganassi’s best IndyCar prospect, especially considering a seat could be opening there in the next two to three years.

Karam, a native of Nazareth, Pa., will not be racing at Pocono this weekend for what would be his home race.

We’re hopeful and optimistic he’ll get at least one more IndyCar race this year, to once again show the potential and flare he displayed at Indy.

Daniel Ricciardo would relish being Lewis Hamilton’s teammate

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BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo says he would relish the challenge of having Lewis Hamilton as his teammate if he joins Mercedes next year.

Ricciardo is out of contract at Red Bull at the end of the season and expressed interest in joining teams like Mercedes or Ferrari to help him challenge for the championship.

The Australian says he would “love to obviously be challenged against the best and Lewis is obviously up there.”

He adds: “I don’t want to say it’s just Lewis I’m looking for but that would be a good challenge.”

Ricciardo says he won’t accept a faster car if it means playing second fiddle to an established star.

He says “there’s always been really good clarity and fairness (at Red Bull) … and I would expect that environment everywhere.”