Sage Karam is ready for the 102th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, when the race is run 27 May.
The 22 year-old racing driver will be entering for the fourth time out of five Indy 500 starts for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, where he will try to improve his so far best finish of 9th in his rookie year 2014. He has failed to see the chequered flag since then, in a combination of accidents and mechanical troubles with the car.
He won the Indy Lights Championship in 2013, but still yet has to complete his first full IndyCar season.
He has been flirting with the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, where he raced at the Daytona 24 hours amongst others for Chip Ganassi Racing, before he did a full season for 3GT Racing with their Lexus RC F GT3. He didn’t get many friends in the paddock with his on- and off track behaviour, often getting into contact with both his GTD competitors, and cars from the other classes too. Then subsequently starting discussions on Twitter post-race with the affected drivers, didn’t help him either. Those are parts of the reason to why he isn’t racing in the IMSA series this year.
The driver of car #24 is known as being a bit of a playboy, and the other IndyCar drivers made a video back in 2015, where they made fun of it, starting the campaign “Shirts for Sage”, since he often posted shirtless pictures of himself on the social media platforms. But he says himself that he has realized that image isn’t so clever to have anymore, so he has changed his attitude ahead of this year’s race.
The Dreyer & Reinbold Racing team has developed into being a “one day only” team, only entering the Indy 500. Until the start of the 2013, they raced at least one full season car, but post Indy 500 2013 the programme was scaled back, so it now only includes the prestigious race in May.
The test sessions ahead of this years Indy 500 starts on Tuesday 15 May, while the race itself will be run on 27 May.