Confirming an expected entry, Dreyer and Reinbold Racing made public their plans to field Sage Karam in the 102nd Indianapolis 500 in May. Karam is the first of two drivers expected to be announced driving for Dreyer and Reinbold in 2018.
For Karam, it will be his fifth trip to the Indianapolis 500 with still four days remaining until his 23rd birthday. In his rookie year driving for Dreyer and Reinbold, Karam charged from a 31st place starting position to finish 9th in the 2014 Indianapolis 500. Since then, he has yet to finish the 500 Mile Race with accidents in each of the past three iterations.
“I’m super excited,” the 22-year-old remarked. “It’s my fourth time with the team, my fifth consecutive Indy 500. You know, being 22 and saying that it’s my fifth consecutive makes me really, really proud and happy to have people in my corner like Wix and Dennis and the whole Dreyer & Reinbold team.
“I’m just really excited to get back to the speedway. Every time you go there, it’s always great vibes and always a great month. I think any race car driver looks forward to the month of May, and that’s exactly the case with me.”
In 2013, Karam won the Indy Lights championship driving for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. That year he captured three victories and nine podiums while finishing ahead of current Verizon IndyCar Series drivers Gabby Chaves, Zach Veach and Carlos Munoz. Former A.J. Foyt Racing driver, Jack Hawksworth, was also in the field that year, finishing three places behind Karam in 4th.
WIX Filters will be the sponsor of Karam’s No. 24 entry with Dreyer and Reinbold Racing, expanding on an associate partnership the company has had with the team in prevoius years. WIX, now in its 79th year of production, and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing are entering their sixth year of a multi-level partnership, including serving as the Official Technical Partner and oil filter of the team, within several racing forms including the Indy 500 and Red Bull Global Rallycross.
“We’re really excited to be back, and we’re really excited to have Sage with us and to have Wix as a technical partner,” said team owner Dennis Reinbold. “We’re excited about it and look forward to getting out there. We were out there yesterday for different reasons walking the grounds, and it just gets of kind of excited thinking forward to the month of May, and I talked to Sage a little bit about that yesterday, and I think we’re ready to go.”
Dating back to their maiden season in 1999, Dreyer and Reinbold Racing has entered and qualified 36 different cars in the Indianapolis 500 and has been competing for the past six seasons as a one-off team at Indianapolis. The team has been led by Dennis Reinbold, the grandson of legendary 1920s car builder Floyd “Pop” Dreyer.
Karam will hit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval for the first time on Tuesday, May 15 for their refresher test when practice for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 opens. The team is not expected to visit the track for the March 27 open test at the Speedway, as they will be utilizing a one-month engine lease program from Chevrolet.
Qualifying for the 102nd running of the Indy 500 is set for Saturday, May 19, and Sunday, May 20, and the green flag for this year’s Indianapolis 500-Mile Race is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. ET Sunday, May 27. Both qualifying and the race can be viewed live on ABC.