The Gas Monkey Energy Chevy driver charges from 23rd to
SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 29, 2016) - Young
Sage Karam put on quite a show Sunday in the 100th Indianapolis 500
with his No. 24 Gas Monkey Energy Chevrolet for Dreyer &
Reinbold - Kingdom Racing.
The youngest driver in the 33-driver field at age 21 made a
spectacular charge from 23rd to fifth before the halfway point of
the 200-lap "Greatest Spectacle in Racing." However, Sage's race
ended on lap 93 as contact with Townsend Bell forced Karam into the
outside of the turn one wall.
Karam made a consistent run through the field early in the race
including running 15th by lap 23. Sage actually led lap 31 and was
getting excellent fuel mileage while climbing up the charts on the
famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway pylon. Karam was the last to pit
for fuel and tires on lap 32.
A fast pit stop by the Dreyer & Reinbold - Kingdom Racing
crew helped Karam advance to 13th by lap 35 and the Nazareth, Pa.,
former high school wrestling star raced wheel-to-wheel with the
likes of former Indy 500 winner Scott Dixon, Will Power, Marco
Andretti and last year's winner Juan Pablo Montoya.
By lap 80, Karam drove into the top ten and then made impressive
passes over Dixon for ninth, Tony Kanaan for eighth on lap 84,
Helio Castroneves for seventh on lap 85 and Carlos Munoz for sixth
on lap 91. Sage made a pass on Bell on lap 92 before the incident
in turn one.
According to the finishing order, Karam was awarded the 32nd
position in his third Indy 500 start.
Rookie Alexander Rossi became the first rookie since Castroneves
in 2001 to win the Indy 500.
"I'm more upset than hurt," said Karam. "I banged up my right
knee a little. But we had a terrific car today. It was so fast. I
could drive past everyone I came up to. We started 23rd and I think
we were running right at the top five. The Gas Monkey Energy
DRR-Kingdom Racing crew worked their tails off. I was just in the
wrong place at the wrong time. I don't put blame on anyone. Just a
racing thing. Josef (Newgarden) checked up a bit and Townsend
(Bell) and I tried to go wide. We were three wide. I think I had a
little nose on Townsend. I'm sure he knew I was there and I thought
Townsend would back out of the throttle and I could slide by on the
"This is a hard one for myself and the whole team. We had a fast
car and maybe a chance to win the race. I just wish I hadn't run
into turn one side by side. Again, it was another great experience
with this team. They gave me a super car for the race. But I'll be
back here again next year. There's nothing like the Indy 500."
Karam will now move into the IMSA road racing series later in
the year when he partners with sports car legend Scott Pruett and
the Rocketsports operation.