Sage Karam’s longstanding association with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will see the 23-year-old Pennsylvanian pilot a Chevrolet-powered Indy car in a bid to compete in the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500.
The May 2019 effort will mark Karam’s sixth time competing on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval. In five previous starts, including four with DRR, Karam has a best finish of ninth in the 2014 Indianapolis 500. That year, he started 31st as a rookie and earned the Hard Charger Award for his march through the field.
The program will be supported by WIX Filters, a global manufacturer celebrating its 80th year of production in 2019. WIX will serve as the team’s technical partner as well as the primary sponsor of the No. 24 Chevrolet.
DRR has fielded 38 cars in the Indianapolis 500 since 1999 with a best finish of fourth in 2012 with driver Oriol Servia. Last year, the team ran cars for Karam and JR Hildebrand at Indianapolis with finishes of 26th and 11th, respectively.
“It’s hard to believe this Indy 500 will be my fifth with DRR and each year we have had a strong race car,” said Karam. “We’ve run in the top 10 each time and we just need to get to that checkered flag again.
“My racing mindset has improved each year and I’m ready to take the No. 24 WIX Filters DRR car to the front on May 26.”
DRR will skip the April 24 open test at IMS, electing to give Karam his first seat time when “500” practice begins May 14. Qualifying to set the field of 33 will follow on May 18 and 19 ahead of the race a week later.