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D’Ambrosio not planning to add more series to schedule

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BERLIN, Germany – Formula E driver Jerome d’Ambrosio is not looking to add any more series to his schedule so he can focus on his commitments with Dragon Racing.

D’Ambrosio has been in a fine run of form in the second Formula E season, picking up his second ePrix victory in Mexico following Lucas di Grassi’s disqualification.

While many drivers opt to balance Formula E with another series such as the FIA World Endurance Championship or DTM, d’Ambrosio is happy dedicating his time to Dragon.

“I really enjoy the category, I love what I do here, I’m probably the only driver actually who only does that,” d’Ambrosio told NBC Sports.

“I’m not planning on really looking at something else because I like it here. This is where I want to be.

“Right now, my priority is Formula E.”

D’Ambrosio ranks his two seasons in Formula E among the best of his career, having finished fourth in last year’s championship and enjoying another strong campaign this time around.

“I’ve had strong moments. At the last race I was outside the points finishing the race, that was the first time for me in Formula E,” the ex-Formula 1 and GP2 racer said.

“If I wasn’t in the points before, it was because of a drive-through or an accident, not like that. It ranks in the highest ones.

“I think I haven’t had such good seasons as the last two years. Last year, the finish was also pretty amazing. So I’m looking forward to keeping that momentum.”

Karam, Daly get IndyCar rides with Carlin for Iowa

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NEWTON, Iowa – Sage Karam returns for the second-straight race and Conor Daly is back for another race with Carlin Racing at this weekend’s Iowa 300 NTT IndyCar Series race at Iowa Speedway.

For Karam, it’s his third start of the 2019 season and his second straight with Carlin. In his five starts at Iowa Speedway dating back to 2010, Karam has never finished outside of the top three, recording four wins (USF2000 – 2010, Indy Pro 2000 – 2011 and 2012, Indy Lights – 2013) and scoring his first NTT IndyCar Series podium in 2015 with a third-place finish.

“I’m really excited to be back again this weekend with Carlin and SmartStop Self Storage for the Iowa 300. Iowa Speedway has always been a good track for me in the past, so I’m really looking forward to getting back to work there,” Karam said. “Coming off of a very productive weekend in Toronto, I’m looking forward to applying everything I’ve learned and continuing to work with the team to get the best results possible. A huge thank you to everyone at Carlin and SmartStop Self Storage for a great opportunity to race at one of my favorite tracks.”

Daly is back in a second Carlin entry. Earlier this year, the popular driver finished 11th for Carlin in the DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 8. At Iowa, he will drive the team’s No. 23 Gallagher Chevrolet.

Daly finished 10th in the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge for Andretti Autosport.

Daly raced at Iowa in 2016 for Dale Coyne Racing (finishing 21st) and in 2017 for A.J. Foyt Racing (finishing 19th).

The combination gives Carlin two more drivers to gather additional feedback on the car. Max Chilton remains the team’s primary driver but announced recently that he will forego all oval races to concentrate on street and road courses.

That created opportunities for Karam and Daly.

“We were very impressed with Sage’s steady progression throughout the Toronto race weekend and his willingness to learn and adapt,” said Carlin Team Principal Trevor Carlin. “The fact that he hadn’t been on a street course since 2015 and was still able to come right out of the gate confident and constantly improving every session was extremely impressive.

“The SmartStop Self Storage Chevrolet looked great out on track and their group has been a pleasure to work with, so we couldn’t be more pleased to have them back this weekend in Iowa. Sage has done really well in Iowa in the past, so hopefully we can use his experience and our past success at Iowa Speedway to come away with a good result for the team and our partners at SmartStop Self Storage.”

The Iowa 300 at Iowa Speedway will take place on Saturday, July 20th at 7:15 pm ET and will be televised on NBCSN.