NEWTON, Iowa (July 19, 2015) – Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) rookie driver Sage Karam earned his first-career podium finish with a third-place result in the Iowa Corn 300 in Round 13 of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Season.
After starting in the 10th position Karam had advanced to the sixth position by Lap 2 of the 300-lap race. Karam reported the car was very loose on Lap 53 and pitted for four tires, fuel and a front wing adjustment on Lap 72. Karam pitted again under caution on Lap 112 for four tires and fuel. He brought the No. 8 in again on Lap 176 for four tires and fuel with a tire pressure adjustment. Karam restarted on Lap 185 in the eighth position and had advanced to the sixth position by Lap 185 where he remained until the caution on Lap 197. Karam broke into the top five on the Lap 207 restart, advancing to second by Lap 239. The No. 8 team made their final green-flag pit stop of the night on Lap 248 for four tires and fuel, cycling out to the fourth position. The caution fell again on Lap 162 and Karam restarted in the fourth position. Karam battled his way into the third position to earn the highest finish of his career.
With the results, Karam holds the 18th position in the Verizon IndyCar Series point standings with 172 markers, 273 points behind the point leader Montoya.
Notes of Interest
- The result of third was Karam’s career-best result, and his first-career podium finish
- Karam’s previous best finish was fifth at Fontana two races ago
Sage Karam, No. 8 COMFORT REVOLUTION/Big Machine Records Chevrolet: “I am so excited to get my first podium finish in the Verizon IndyCar Series. The team did a great job tonight all around. I think we really put together an entire race, and that meant from start to finish we executed. It’s such a great feeling and running up front is our goal. I’ve felt this momentum was starting to build in Fontana and Milwaukee and am glad we were able to finish things off here at Iowa with a strong showing for the COMFORT REVOLUTION/Big Machine Records car.”
Next up for the Verizon IndyCar Series is the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sunday August 2 at 1:30pm on CNBC.
About Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 25 years and is considered one of the most successful as well as innovative owners the sport has anywhere in the world. Today his teams include four cars in the Verizon IndyCar Series, two cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and one Prototype in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Overall his teams have 17 championships and over 160 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400 and six Rolex 24 At Daytonas and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Ganassi boasts state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis and Brownsburg, Ind. and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh, Penn.
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