Reigning Indy Lights champion Sage Karam will step up to the top-flight IndyCar Series at this month’s Indianapolis 500, after inking a long-term driver development deal with Chip Ganassi Racing.

The 19-year-old will make his IndyCar debut in a #22 entry jointly run by Ganassi and Dreyer & Reinbold Kingdom Racing. Karam has already contested a couple of United SportsCar (IMSA) races with Ganassi this year, including partnering with Ganassi regulars Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan with a sixth-placed finish at Sebring.

Sage Karam

Sage Karam

Born in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, Karam dominated the US F2000 Championship in 2010 – winning all but one of the season’s twelve races – and went on to win the Indy Lights title with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, claiming three wins and a further six podium finishes.

“I couldn’t be happier to join Chip Ganassi Racing’s IndyCar Series program,” Karam said of the announcement.

“It is honestly a dream come true for me and my racing career. I can’t wait for my first experience in the Indianapolis 500. [It’s] a fantastic organisation that judges success by just one thing – winning, both races and championships. This is a very big day for me.”

“Sage is a unique talent that we believe is a future star of the sport,” team owner Chip Ganassi added.

“Even at a young age, he has been successful at every level that he has raced at. It is nice to see his poise and tenacity on the racetrack as I think that will translate well to his driving at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 500.”

Karam will participate in the upcoming Rookie Orientation Program session at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 11 before heading into a series of practice sessions to prepare for the 500-mile race on the ‘Brickyard’ on May 25.

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