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.”