IndyCar: Sage Karam confirmed for St. Pete in CGR fourth car

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INDIANAPOLIS – The 2013 Indy Lights champion, Sage Karam has been confirmed in the No. 8 GE LED Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing for the Verizon IndyCar Series season opener at St. Petersburg.

Right now, the deal is just for St. Petersburg but both driver and team are working towards finalizing a full season with CGR’s development driver.

“The audition phase is done with,” Karam told MotorSportsTalk during INDYCAR Media Day in Indianapolis.

“The whole team wants it to happen. I don’t think it’s an audition anymore. It’s about doing my best.”

Karam will be making his second career series start, after also racing in the Indianapolis 500 last year in a Dreyer & Reinbold/Kingdom Racing entry with a technical partnership with CGR.

He discussed what it means to be a rookie going in, especially alongside former Lights teammate Gabby Chaves, who has been confirmed for a full season.

“Me and Gabby (Chaves), we’re rookies. So it’s all new to us,” Karam said. “I did a few stops in month of May. I was just at NOLA testing, and got back in rhythm of doing pit stops again.

“The team knows mistakes will be made. We’re not looking to set the world on fire, but we don’t want to destroy cars.”

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.