Karam Reunites with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing for Indy
As expected to be announced for a couple months now, Sage Karam will be behind the wheel of the No. 24 WIX Filters IndyCar for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 in May.
“We’re really excited to be back, and we’re really excited to have Sage with us and to have WIX as a technical partner,” Dennis Reinbold said. “Obviously we’re very excited about that. You know, they first came on board with us in 2011 with Paul Tracy and have been with us in different forms of racing over the years and are just a fabulous sponsor to have involved, a technical partner to have involved and be a part of our program.
“We’re excited about it and look forward to getting out there. We were out there yesterday for different reasons walking the grounds, and it just gets of kind of excited thinking forward to the month of May, and I talked to Sage a little bit about that yesterday, and I think we’re ready to go.”
It marks Karam’s fourth time partnered with Dreyer & Reinbold for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, hoping to build upon a career-best ninth in their first appearance together in 2014.
“I’m just really excited to get back to the speedway. Every time you go there, it’s always great vibes and always a great month. I think any race car driver looks forward to the month of May, and that’s exactly the case with me,” Karam said. “You know, I’m not doing much racing this year, so for me, it’s a big thing to get there and get the work going. I’m just really, really excited to be back, get another shot at it. We’re doing everything we can to get the car ready, and since it’s a new car, we’re going to be a little bit behind, but I think we have a great squad behind us, and I think all the guys are going to be on the car, basically all the guys from last year will be on the car with me as far as the mechanics and everything, so having that relationship coming in really makes things go a lot smoother, and we’re ready to tackle it.”
Despite being involved in the Verizon IndyCar Series for five years now, Karam has only ran the full schedule once, running all the events in 2015 for Chip Ganassi Racing with a career-best third at Iowa Speedway. Each of the other seasons, he has only competed in the Indianapolis 500 for Reinbold.
“I’m just going into Indy right now 100 percent focused and just trying to get the best result there, and then hopefully after that, if that goes the way we think it’s going to go, that will parlay into maybe something else down the road and maybe later this year,” Karma said. “I’d obviously really like to maybe do some more IndyCar races, or if different opportunities in other series open up, of course I’d jump on it. I’m a racer; I’ll race anything any time. I’m just really, really stoked to get this one under my belt. I think if there’s one race any driver can race every single year, it’s going to be the Indy 500. So to have this one confirmed, that means a lot to me. Just a big thank you to everybody who made it happen.
Dennis Reinbold would like to see his team enter more events, and eventually run the full Verizon IndyCar Series schedule one day, stating that it’s something that they’ve talked about with great interest.
“We’re working on things. We’ve got some opportunities out there that we’re exploring and trying to see where they go,” he added. “To get to two cars this year for the 500 is on purpose, because that sets us up to have equipment, so we have extra wheel guns, we have extra tires, we have extra radios, all these things, spares. So that puts us in position to be able to try to expand in the future. And you would need all those pieces to be able to be a full-time team.
“Behind the scenes, I guess, we’re working on that, but it needs to be a good fit, and of course my feelings towards Sage, I’m very excited about him. I think he should be a full-time INDYCAR driver. I think he’s very talented and would do a tremendous job full-time in every race.”
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