Ganassi Adds Karam To Watkins Glen Lineup
INDIANAPOLIS – Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates has announced that development driver Sage Karam will join Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas in the driver lineup of the No. 01 Telcel Ford EcoBoost Prototype for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen at Watkins Glen Int’l June 29.
Karam competed twice with CGRFS earlier this season in a second Prototype fielded in the Rolex 24 At Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring. He was most recently part of CGRFS’ No. 02 Prototype driver lineup with Verizon IndyCar Series Team Target drivers Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan, who earned the most points from Sebring’s three segments toward the season-ending $100,000 Patrón Endurance Cup for the P class with a sixth-place result.
“It is nice to be able to add a very capable driver like Sage to the duo of Pruett and Rojas for the Watkins Glen race,” said team co-owner Chip Ganassi. “I think it says a lot about the confidence that we all have in him that we would be willing to put someone so young in the No. 01 car. He has done nothing but impress all of us whenever he gets behind the wheel of a car – any car. Whether it is in these prototypes or an Indy car, he has been equally impressive. It is not often when you have someone so young driving with such maturity and calm when he is behind the wheel. I can’t wait to see him in a car again.”
Karam is the Indy Lights Champion, the 2011 Star Mazda Rookie of the Year and 2010 USF2000 champion. Karam most recently led the team’s four-car Indianapolis 500 effort in his first Verizon IndyCar Series start with a ninth-place result at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May.
“I’m looking forward to getting back behind the wheel and joining Scott and Memo at the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen,” Karam said. “They’re both such talented drivers and have had so much success in this series and I’m just happy that the team is bringing me on board to be a part of it all and drive with them. After a top-10 finish at the Indianapolis 500, I’m ready to get back out there and continue to show everyone what I can do behind the wheel.”