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.

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.