Junior Open Wheel Talent

News and Views on Drivers Chasing Open-Wheel Stardom

Sage Karam
(Photo: Ryan – www.junioropenwheeltalent.com)

Sage Karam didn’t even consider cruising to a championship title in the USF2000 National Championship.  It would have been easy to do.  All he needed was a tenth place finish or better in Thursday’s Race 1 at Road Atlanta to claim the overall title, but that notion never crossed his mind.  He wanted to win and cap off a nearly perfect season.  Which he did, by winning the final two races of the 2010 season. The 15-year-old phenom completed the year with nine wins, 11 pole positions, and 11 podiums.  In addition to being crowned champion, he was named 2010 Rookie of the Year.

Karam claimed the overall championship on Thursday by crossing the stripe in first place, 8.163 seconds ahead of his Andretti Autosport teammate Zach Veach.  The final result marked the team’s first one-two finish of the season.

Patrick McKenna, who was the only other driver mathematically capable of winning the championship heading into the final weekend, put together a solid drive, finishing third.  It was his eighth podium of the season.

The Liberty Motorsports’ duo of Matthew Powers and Felix Serralles finished fourth and fifth, respectively.  Serralles, who normally competes in the Skip Barber National Championship, was co-awarded the prestigious Team USA Scholarship, along with Spencer Pigot, Thursday morning.

In Round 12, Friday morning, Karam cemented his place at the front of the pack by sweeping the competition.  He finished 4.517 seconds ahead of Serralles.  Australian Luke Ellery finished third to cap off an impressive debut weekend that saw him lead part of the opening lap in Thursday’s race before an overheating issue took him out of the race.  Watch for big things from Ellery if he’s able to return for a full season in 2011.

Zach Veach finished fourth in Friday’s race with Patrick McKenna rounding out the top-five.

The MazdaSPEED Ladder Awards ceremony will be streamed live at 7:30 p.m. Eastern on Friday, Oct. 1, here.

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  1. Supremo on October 1, 2010 2:50 pm

    Awesome season a true talent. Best of luck in star Mazda and stay humble. It was a pleasure to work with you.

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