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Karam marches up the Road to Indy

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted October 24, 2013 at 6:38 pm Indy Lights

Sage Karam and his father Jody (left) watch closely as other drivers take to Iowa Speedway during Indy Lights qualifying in 2013. (photo: Ryan - JuniorOpenWheelTalent.com)

Sage Karam and his father Jody (left) watch closely as other drivers attack Iowa Speedway during Indy Lights qualifying in 2013. (photos: Ryan – JuniorOpenWheelTalent.com)

American driver Sage Karam is the 2013 Indy Lights champion.

I’ve been fortunate enough to watch Karam’s progression from karts to Skip Barber to USF2000 to Pro Mazda and, finally, Indy Lights. Next up: IndyCar.

Karam graduates from IndyCar’s premier development series with a one-million dollar prize, a moniker: SK$, and serious hope of making the jump to IndyCar and driving in the 2014 Indy 500. He has, after all, tackled the Mazda Road to Indy, winning 17 times across all three junior formula series.

Sage Karam - Indy Lights

Sage Karam – Indy Lights

This season, in Indy Lights, Karam, 18, captured three wins, nine podiums, and two poles. In total, he led 163 laps, piloting the No. 8 Sam Schmidt Motorsports car. But the season wasn’t perfect.

“I was crying on that last lap [in the season-finale at Auto Club Speedway], just to know the dream is almost in reach and to be in the IndyCar Series racing with my heroes,” Karam said in a post-race interview. “This season started out OK and it went really bad in the middle.  We bounced back somehow and we’re champions now.”

Champions indeed.

Karam will now focus on school while evaluating his racing options for 2014. If history is any indication, it won’t be long before the young American is found atop an IndyCar podium.

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