The 17 year-old sensation put on a dominating performance at Iowa last weekend to capture his 3rd win at Iowa Speedway! Karam lead several of the practices and then qualified the #88 Comfort Revolution/Andretti Autosport Star Mazda entrant on pole! Sage Karam not only won the race, leading from star to finish, he also set a new track record.
An elated Karam said, ” I am really excited about the way the weekend unfolded and we were solid from the start. We really didn’t have a hiccup all weekend and the team was brilliant. It was great to get the win, but I am most excited about setting the track record. Iowa is an exciting place to compete, whether it’s racing or wrestling. The local media picked up on my wrestling background and did a fantastic job of covering the weekend. I was impressed with how many Iowans came up to me and spoke about wrestling and racing”.
It was Sage’s third consecutive win at Iowa. Karam won in the USF2000 car in 2010, Star Mazda in 2010 and again this year. “Yes, winning three times in a row is cool, but a fourth would be even better. I don’t get much time to ever relax on my performances, this series is so competitive, that if your thinking today about yesterday’s victories, you are going to lose tomorrow.”
The Andretti Autosport phenom just returned today (6/30) form a test yesterday near Chicago, Il. “The test went quite well. We located some changes that I think will further my chances of doing well in Toronto next week. I get even more comfortable with the car each time I am in it. The team is permitting me to call a lot of the setup changes on my own now, and that responsibility is taking my driving to the next level. That’s the beauty of driving for Andretti Autosport, they permit a driver to enter the Road to Indy program from the very beginning and grow with the team. My engineer, Yancy, has been with me two years and my crew chief, Poppy, has been with me for three years now. Hopefully as I progress up the ladder, they will be a part of my program too.”
Talk for next year has already started. “I am not concerned about next year at this point. My main objective is to win the Star Mazda Championship and all of my energy and focus is on that. People are asking me about Lights, which is really cool that they care, but, I can’t let Lights distract me from what we are doing now. I love being a part of the Andretti Autosport family, so if and when I do an race in Indy Lights, it would be with the permission of my manager Michael Fux and Michael Andretti.”