After starting 19th Karam maintained his position through the first caution of the race but was ordered to the rear of the field for the restart on Lap 6 of the 90-lap race for being out of line on the restart. Karam made his first pit stop of the day on Lap 16 for four tires and fuel. The No. 8 restarted in the 12th position on Lap 26 and would fall to 17th before pitting again on Lap 41 for secondary tires and fuel.
Karam spun and stalled the car in turn 5 on Lap 65 which brought out the third full course caution of the day, restarting in the 22nd position on Lap 70. Karam would hold his position through the final caution of the day on Lap 80, finishing 22nd.
With the results, Karam holds the 18th position in the Verizon IndyCar Series point standings with 180 markers, 285 points behind the points leader Juan Pablo Montoya.
Sage Karam, No. 8 COMFORT REVOLUTION/Big Machine Records Chevrolet: “It was a big learning experience for me today. When strategy doesn’t fall your way it makes it even tougher on the team. The biggest thing today I learned was fuel saving. I was able to get better fuel mileage and get better lap times which was a plus for me. Just really bummed for the mistake I made going into Turns 4/5. I was adjusting my brake bias and missed the apex to the corner and that was it. I was coming into the pits that lap as well. The car was pretty quick all day and who knows what we could have done if we stayed on the lead lap there. If the cautions fell our way a little maybe we could’ve gotten up there toward the front.”
Next up for the Verizon IndyCar Series is the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway Sunday August 23 at 2:00pm on NBCSN.
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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