Karam Takes Back to Back Wins After Iowa
NEWTON, IA (JUNE 29TH, 2011) Using the lessons he learned in the USF2000 series in 2010, Sage Karam upped his win total to two in the Star Mazda Championship series, with another oval win at the Iowa Speedway. Karam was fast right out of the trailer on Thursday, and went without incidence the entire weekend.
The Comfort Revolution/MazdaSpeed Developmental sponsored driver turned consistent laps in the Andretti Autosport machine during the race to win by a near eight (8) second margin. “The opening laps were about as close as you can get without contact. Martin (Scuncio) raced me hard, but we both knew neither of us was lifting. I figured the smartest thing to do was to lift, draft and pass under. It ended up being the correct decision – it probably won the race for me and I was able to make distance”, said Sage.
With the second victory, Karam ties for most wins in the series and moves into second (2nd) place in the standings. “This series is ultra-competitive and the speeds are very close. I think the USF2000 series really served me well as a basis for learning to set the Star Mazda car up. Don’t get me wrong, I still have a lot to learn, and I know the road courses are going to be a huge challenge for my team and me. But I think my confidence has grown and it should help”.
My engineer, Yancy (Diotalevi) and crew chief Poppy (Dave Popielarz) worked with me on developing a unique setup that never compromised my Good Years. Andretti Autosport does a great job of prepping the car”.
“I was really happy to get the win, but it was very special to win on the same day, same track, as Marco Andretti. I live right across the street from Marco and it was a very cool flight home.”
Sage Karam was the youngest winner of the Skip Barber Shootout and went on to win the USF2000 championship with nine victories in twelve races. This year Karam broke the record for the youngest winner in the Star Mazda Championship series. Considered on the fast track to the Mazda Road To Indy, Karam has aspirations of competing in the IZOD IndyCar series.
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About Andretti Autosport
Based in Indianapolis, Andretti Autosport is led by racing legend Michael Andretti. Andretti Autosport, which is the winningest team in Indy Racing League history, fields multiple entries in the IZOD IndyCar Series. Andretti Autosport also campaigns two cars in Firestone Indy Lights in a joint venture with AFS Racing and one car in the USF2000 National Championship. The company boasts three IZOD IndyCar Series championships (2004, 2005 and 2007), two Firestone Indy Lights titles (2008 and 2009) and has won the Indianapolis 500 twice (2005 and 2007). For more information, please visit www.AndrettiAutosport.com.
About Sage Karam
Sage Karam is a talented young American racing driver launching a career in competitive open wheel racing through the USF2000 National Championship series. He has previously competed in various karting series, eventually becoming a 35-time World Karting Association and IRL Stars of Karting National champion. At the age of 13, Karam was the youngest driver to win the annual Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shoot-out. In addition, he was the only American driver to compete in both a national karting championship and an open-wheel professional series fulltime in 2009.