Dreyer & Reinbold Kingdom Racing have announced Sage Karam as the driver of their entry to the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500.
Gas Monkey Garage will be the primary sponsor for the team’s Chevrolet-powered No. 24 entry in what will be the ninth ‘500’ for Kingdom Racing and the fifth that it has teamed up with Dreyer & Reinbold.
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Karam drove for the team in 2014 in his Indianapolis 500 debut in conjunction with Chip Ganassi Racing, charging to a ninth-place finish after starting 31st.
“Again teaming up with the Dreyer & Reinbold team and Sage is a great combination for Kingdom Racing,” said Kingdom Racing’s founder George Del Canto.
“We believe that with Dennis and Sage we can run the 500 to win it. We can’t wait to see the Gas Monkey Garage Special car on the track in May.”
After Chip Ganassi Racing let his contract as a development driver expire earlier this offseason, Karam was confirmed to be a figure in the forthcoming GT program of Lexus in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship later in the year with no full-time ride in either IndyCar or sports cars for 2016.
After running select Verizon IndyCar Series races with Ganassi last year, Karam will make his third start in the historic Indianapolis 500 at the wheel of the Gas Monkey Garage Special.
“As a kid, Discovery Channel was one of my favorite stations and, most recently, I really got into the ‘Fast N’ Loud’ show with the Gas Monkey Garage guys,” said 20-year-old Karam.
“I love cars and these guys are fun to watch, so I can’t wait to work with them and drive the Gas Monkey Special in May.”
Practice for the 2016 Indianapolis 500 begins on May 16 followed by qualifying on May 21 and 22. The green flag is scheduled for Sunday, May 29 at 12:20 pm ET.