Karam Scores On Houston Streets
HOUSTON – Sage Karam held off teammate Gabby Chaves to win the Firestone Indy Lights Grand Prix of Houston Saturday afternoon.
Karam’s first road/street circuit victory, while three of the four fellow title contenders faltered in the penultimate race of the season, set up a winner-take-all scenario with Chaves at Auto Club Speedway on Oct. 19. Karam leads by 16 points.
Karam, who started from the pole in the No. 8 Schmidt Peterson with Curb Agajanian after the lineup was set by entrant points, led every lap in the timed race on the 1.683-mile, 10-turn course.
“I can’t be happy enough with the team, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. They give an awesome car to me every week,” Karam said. “To get this opportunity to go for the championship, I’m so thrilled about it, this being my first year in the series.”
Carlos Munoz, who entered the race two points behind Karam, finished a season-low 12th and was eliminated from title contention. So was Jack Hawksworth, who was 11 points behind but finished sixth. Peter Dempsey also was eliminated.
Sage Karam, Gabby Chaves, Conor Daly, Jorge Goncalvez, Axcil Jefferies, Jack Hawksworth, Giancarlo Serenelli, Juan Pablo Garcia, Peter Dempsey, Zach Veach, Matthew Di Leo, Carlos Munoz.