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


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.”

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.