IndyCar veteran Sage Karam adds pair of Americas Rallycross races to schedule

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing announced on Thursday that Indy 500 driver Sage Karam of Nazareth, Pennsylvania, will return to the DRR ARX2 Rallycross lineup for the final three ARX2 events of the Americas Rallycross Championship.

The team will put Karam in the No. 24 ISMI Springs DRR race car at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 28 and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, on Oct. 5-6.

Karam, 24, is a six-time Indy 500 starter and the 2013 Indy Lights champion who made his ARX2 Rallycross debut earlier this year with two ARX2 finals runner-up finishes in rounds 1 and 2 at Mid-Ohio in June. In addition to the finals podium performances, Karam drove the No. 24 machine to wins in the qualifying races and semifinals at Mid-Ohio.

The No. 24 ISMI Springs entry for the ARX2 series

The 2010 Cooper Tires USF2000 champion finished 19th in the 103rd Indianapolis 500 this past May in the No. 24 Dreryer & Reinbold WIX Filters Chevrolet. Karam drove in his first Indy 500 in 2014 when he drove from 31st to a ninth-place finish.

“I am very excited to return to the DRR ARX2 Rallycross team for the COTA and Mid-Ohio rounds,” said Karam. “I had some racing conflicts this summer which took me out of a few ARX2 races, and I couldn’t be happier to come back in the No. 24 ISMI Springs car. I am really pumped up to get back in the car and battle on the pavement and the dirt. The Mid-Ohio event was my first time racing in the dirt, and it was a great experience.”

Team owner Dennis Reinbold was impressed with Karam’s initial ARX2 runs at Mid-Ohio and is excited to have Sage back in one of his ARX2 cars, the No. 24 ISMI Springs entry.

“We saw a lot of potential with Sage in his only ARX2 Rallycross races last June at Mid-Ohio,” said Reinbold, who led his team to the 2016 rallycross title. “We first worked with Sage back in 2014 in his rookie event in the Indy 500. He has driven five 500s for our team and continues to show his development as a driver and a professional. We are anxious to see him back in our No. 24 ARX2 car at COTA and Mid-Ohio. He learned a lot in the first ARX2 events, and he knows what to expect when action begins later this month. We are excited to go to COTA and Mid-Ohio.”

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