By: Tanner Watkins
July 7, 2019 | 8:00 AM
After three consecutive years where his only start of the NTT IndyCar Series season would come at the Indianapolis 500, this year will be a little different for Pennsylvania’s Sage Karam. The Nazareth native has been hired to drive for sophomore IndyCar team Carlin in this month’s Honda Indy Toronto street race.
Karam, 24, will drive the No. 31 Carlin Chevrolet with sponsorship by SmartStop Self Storage, a storage chain located throughout Canada and the United States. SmartStop Self Storage has been a personal partner with Karam over the years, helping cultivate this one-off entry.
“We are extremely excited to partner with SmartStop Self Storage and to be a part of their debut into the NTT IndyCar Series. The Honda Indy Toronto is such a great event and will be the perfect introduction for them into the series,” said Team Principal Trevor Carlin.
“We’ve obviously been following Sage’s career closely since he won the Indy Lights Championship in 2013 and he’s done a really great job. I think he’ll be a great addition to the team and a good teammate for Max (on) this weekend.”
On May 26, Karam competed in his sixth Indianapolis 500 – finishing 19th after qualifying 31st for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing. The effort saw Karam running at the end of the race for the first time since his rookie start in 2014. Shortly after the Indianapolis run, Karam had been running rallycross for Dreyer & Reinbold to stay sharp.
“I want to thank everyone at Carlin for giving me the opportunity to compete in an Indy car again in the NTT IndyCar series,” said Karam. “I’m extremely excited and grateful to get back behind the wheel on a road course again for the first time since 2015 and I’m thrilled to carry a great sponsor like Smartstop Self Storage on the side of the No. 31 Carlin Chevrolet.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge and working closely with everyone on the team to achieve a successful result and take advantage of this incredible opportunity.”
Karam’s career-best finish came in a third-place run at Iowa in 2015. The Chevrolet driver has yet to race at Toronto in his multi-year career.
The Honda Indy Toronto on the streets of Toronto will take place on Sunday, July 14th at 3:00 pm ET and will be televised live on NBCSN.
Header image by John Cote/INDYCAR.