CHIP GANASSI RACING
SIMON SAYS WIN
The biggest 2015 driver
change has championship
potential. Pagenaud was
on the title fringes the
past three years with Sam
Schmidt’s team (LEFT),
taking it down to the final
race last year. Team Penske,
always in the Verizon
IndyCar Series title hunt, is
now a four-car juggernaut.
The former USF2000, Star Mazda and Indy
Lights ace is preparing to make his full-season
IndyCar debut. His only previous experience is
a ninth-place finish at the 2014 Indy 500.
An accomplished high school wrestler and
football player, Karam playfully showed off his
skills at the recent NFL Scouting Combine.
KARTING: MEANS TO AN END
AND A WAY TO KEEP GOING
If you love karting and the role it played in
your development, what do you do when
you hit the IndyCar big time? You keep on
karting, of course. Sage Karam’s multiple
karting successes led him directly to the
Mazda Road To Indy path — USF2000, Pro
Mazda and Indy Lights — that eventually
put him in a Chip Ganassi Racing car for the
2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season. But
that doesn’t mean he’s abandoned the thrills
of karting. Nor have many of his opponents.
One of the most popular annual events for
the IndyCar set is the Dan Wheldon Memorial
Pro-Am at New Castle, Ind. Last September,
Karam (ABOVE) joined eventual winner Tony
Kanaan, James Hinchcliffe, Scott Dixon and
10 other past and present IndyCar drivers.
Sure, karting is fun for all these guys, but
with seat time in the IndyCar Series strictly
limited to keep costs in check, it’s also a
great way of maintaining reflexes and
keeping skill levels topped up.
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