Sage Karam, the 2013 Indy Lights Champion, will start the first race of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar season in the #8 GE LED backed Chip Ganassi Racing machine.
Signed as a development driver for the team last year, Karam will start his second IndyCar race after a very successful Indy 500 for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing where he started 31st and finished 9th.
The racer, who was the youngest Indy Lights champion at the age of 18, will become the youngest starter for Chip Ganassi’s eponymous team at the tender age of 20 – the previous record holder was Scott Dixon who was 22 in his first race for the team.
Karam said: “It’s such an honour to get the opportunity to race in the Verizon IndyCar Series, especially in a CGRT car. The 2014 season was a great learning experience with the team as a whole and I feel prepared to get out there and be competitive. I’m really glad that I’ll be able to represent COMFORT REVOLUTION and Big Machine Records. COMFORT REVOLUTION has been with me throughout my racing career and the guys at Big Machine Records have been great partners. This is truly one of the biggest days of my life and now I’m just ready for the season to get started.”
Racing the fourth car at St Petersburg, Karam will be linking up with stars old and new of the series with Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, and Charlie Kimball all on hand to provide help and support to the potential Rookie of the Year.
Of course, the biggest wealth of experience lies with the team owner himself – Chip Ganassi – who has had more than 30 years at the top of US motorsport. He said: “I am very happy to be making this announcement about Sage. If there ever was a kid that deserved an opportunity in this series it is Sage. He has done everything that we have asked him to do and has turned a lot of heads whether it is driving an Indy car, sports car or simply making appearances. Sage is a class act and we are happy to have him run in St. Petersburg as we continue to work on the rest of the season.”