Karam Returns to ARX2 Rallycross with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing for Final Two Rounds
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing today announced that Indy 500 driver Sage Karam of Nazareth, Pa., will return to the DRR ARX2 Rallycross lineup for the final three ARX2 events of the Americas Rallycross Championship (ARX) in the No. 24 ISMI Springs DRR race car at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) on Sept. 28 and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Oct. 5-6.
Karam, 24, is a six-time Indy 500 starter and the 2013 Indy Lights champion who made a spectacular ARX2 Rallycross debut earlier this year with two ARX2 Finals runner-up finishes in Rounds 1 and 2 at the Cooper Tires ARX of Mid-Ohio in June. In addition to the Final podium performances, Sage also piloted the No. 24 machine to wins in the qualifying races and semi-finals at Mid-Ohio.
The 2010 Cooper Tires USF2000 champion finished 19th in the 103rd Indianapolis 500 this past May in the No. 24 DRR WIX Filters Chevrolet. Karam drove in his first Indy 500 in 2014 when he drove from the 31st position to ninth at the checkered flag and was honored as “Hard Charger of the Race” as a rookie for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.
Karam will fill out a strong five-driver ARX2 effort for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing for the Austin and Mid-Ohio contests as he’ll join 2018 ARX2 champion Conner Martell in the No. 21 WIX Filters ARX2 car, teenager Gray Leadbetter in the No. 28 Oil2Soil ARX2 car, young racer Cole Keatts in the No. 53 Black Rifle Coffee ARX2 machine and karting star Lane Vacala in the No. 55 Tyler Lane Construction ARX2 car.
“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 he is anxious 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.”
The ARX of Austin ARX2 Rallycross round will feature a tight, half-mile asphalt and dirt course which utilizes Turns 12-15 of the U.S. Grand Prix circuit on Saturday, Sept. 28 with great viewing for the spectators. The Cooper Tires ARX of Mid-Ohio final two rounds will be contested in a 10-turn, .7-mile course in the “Keyhole” section of the famed road circuit.
Americas Rallycross (ARX) has expanded its television and digital streaming coverage in 2019 on CBS Sports Network (CBSSN) and Facebook Live. For more information about ARX and ARX2, go to ARXRallycross.com and follow @ARXRallycross on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
About Sage Karam:
Karam, 24, is one of the top young open-wheel drivers in the world after an impressive teenage career with championships in Firestone Indy Lights (2013) and US Formula 2000 (2010). The Nazareth, Pa., former high school wrestling star made his Verizon IndyCar Series debut in the 2014 Indy 500 for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing with a sensational drive from 31st to ninth. Karam won the “Hard Charger” award for his stellar performance as well as he and his crew placing second in the Indy 500 Pit Crew Championship. In 2015, Karam competed in twelve events in 2015 for Chip Ganassi Racing. Sage scored his first IndyCar Series podium with a third at Iowa Speedway and also notched a fifth at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Karam has also competed in the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring sports car events as well as the IMSA tour in 2017. Karam has competed at the Indianapolis 500 in five times including four of his five appearance for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing. In 2018, Karam run as high as sixth when a cut tire forced him out of the race on lap 154. He finished 19th in the 2019 Indy 500 in the No. 24 WIX Filters DRR Chevy. In addition, Karam scored two runner-up Finals finishes in his ARX2 Rallycross debut in July at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
About Dreyer & Reinbold Racing:
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing was founded in 1999 by Indianapolis car dealer Dennis Reinbold. The legacy of the Dreyer and Reinbold family dates back to the 1920s with Reinbold’s grandfather, the legendary Floyd “Pop” Dreyer, a former factory motorcycle racer. Dreyer served as a crewman and mechanic on the famed Duesenberg driven by Benny Shoaff and Babe Stapp in the 1927 Indy 500. Dreyer went on to build Indy 500 cars in the 1930s which many started on the front row. In addition, Dreyer constructed championship-winning sprint cars and midgets as well as quarter midgets called Dreyerettes. Dreyer & Reinbold Racing captured its first win in 2000 with driver Robbie Buhl at Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando, Fla., and has fielded a variety of drivers including Buhl, Buddy Lazier, Sarah Fisher, Buddy Rice, Ryan Briscoe, Al Unser Jr., Townsend Bell, Sage Karam and J.R. Hildebrand. Dreyer & Reinbold Racing has successfully qualified all 39 drivers for the Indy 500 in its history. DRR also captured a rallycross championship in 2016. The DRR rallycross team recorded five main event victories, 23 heat race wins and eight fast qualifying honors in 2016.
About Americas Rallycross
ARX is a North American-based rallycross championship fielding action sports stars, world-class manufacturers and competing in premier locations around the continent. ARX is the next evolution of the high speed, action-packed world of rallycross. Rallycross is the fastest growing form of racing in the world. Short races, viewer friendly asphalt and dirt circuits with 600 brake horsepower production-based racecars make for exciting racing and is suited to the way we enjoy sports today. IMG, the global sports and entertainment agency is the promoter and commercial rights holder of the series.
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