Sage Karam enjoys best run of budding IndyCar career

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It was 150 years ago that author Horace Greeley wrote those famous words, “Go West, Young Man,” that opportunity beckoned west of the Mississippi River.

He may not have known it, but young IndyCar driver Sage Karam put that advice to good use in Saturday’s MAV TV 500 at Auto Club Speedway.

Traveling from his native Pennsylvania to southern California, the 20-year-old Karam appeared to take that advice to heart, emerging with the best finish of his IndyCar career.

In his eighth IndyCar start this season and ninth overall, Karam finished fifth (previous best was ninth, 2014 Indianapolis 500) and also led the first laps (five in total) of his budding IndyCar career.

“It was good to lead my first laps,” Karam told NBCSN. “The car was quick all day. To be mixing it up at the front after the season we’ve been having felt so good.

“That’s the confidence I need to go to the remaining races. I’m just so thrilled to get my crew forward a good result. They’ve been working their butts off and it’s finally paid off.”

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