While concern was building due to a lack of announcement from Mazda Road to Indy driver Sage Karam on where he’d be racing in 2013, perhaps Karam was just waiting for his wrestling season to end before making the big announcement. Or, perhaps not.
Either way, we now know where Karam, a standout racer in the USF2000 and Star Mazda Series and a pretty solid wrestler for the Nazareth Blue Eagles, will be racing in 2013: Indy Lights with Schmidt Peterson Racing. The announcement comes just days after Karam’s 18th birthday and six days after he saw his wrestling season come to an early end, after narrowly dropping a match that eliminated him from moving on to the PIAA State Wrestling Tournament.
A true competitor, Karam simply tweeted: “Just went for a 5 mile run to let loose of the frustration of the loss I just had in my wrestling match.” His next tweet indicated that it was time to transfer his focus back to racing.
After an outstanding career in karting and Skip Barber Racing, Karam moved up to the USF2000 National Championship in 2010. He won the championship, driving for Andretti Autosport, with 11 podiums including nine wins. The next two seasons were spent in the Star Mazda Championship where Karam continued to develop his skill set, finishing fifth in 2011 and third in 2012 — a stretch that included five wins and 14 podiums.
This season, with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, Karam will join teammates Jack Hawksworth and Gabby Chaves for the 12-race schedule that begins March 23 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla. He made his first appearance with the team during an Open Test at Sebring International Raceway on March 7-8 and will participate in an Open Test on March 11 at Barber Motorsports Park.
This is a good signing for Karam, who hopes to climb the Mazda Road to Indy development ladder all the way to an IndyCar ride.