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Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and Cusick Motorsports Join Forces to Enter Stefan Wilson in the 2023 Indianapolis 500

THERMAL, CA (November 17, 2022) – Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and Cusick Motorsports have announced a partnership today to field British racing driver, Stefan Wilson, in the 107th running of the Indianapolis 500 to pilot the No. 24 Chevrolet-powered car.

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing (DRR) has entered and qualified 45 cars in the Indy 500 dating back to 2000 with a best finish of fourth in 2012.

Cusick Motorsports was created as a marketing and business-to-business incubator and will be partnering with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing for its third attempt at the Indianapolis 500, along with many of its long-term partners.

Wilson, the 33-year-old racer, will make his fifth attempt at the Indy 500. Thus far, his career-best finish at the historic race is fifteenth in 2018, where he was leading the race with just four laps to go.

Wilson competed in three IMSA races in 2022 including the Rolex 24 at Daytona, where he finished inside the Top 10 in his GTD class and event debut. He also has two wins and multiple podiums in his Indy Lights career. In 2007, Wilson was awarded the prestigious Autosport BRDC Award which recognizes and rewards young racing drivers from the United Kingdom. The award has also been awarded to Dario Franchitti, Jenson Button, and Lando Norris.

“I’ve been very impressed with how hard DRR has worked at and focused on the 500,” said Wilson. “It’s such an honor for me to join them in partnership with Cusick Motorsports and work with them on our collective goal of trying to win the Indy 500. There’s a great opportunity here for us to all grow together. I hope this leads to more 500’s, and maybe even more races together.”

Wilson is the younger brother of the late Justin Wilson who drove for the team for two years in 2010 and 2011 when Dreyer & Reinbold Racing operated in a full-time capacity in the IndyCar Series.

“There’s history here with this team, Justin spent two years with DRR back in 2010-2011 and secured podiums. I got to know Dennis (Reinbold), Brett De Bord, Director of Commercial Operations, and Chase Selman, General Manager, really well back then, so it feels great to be rejoining them in a sense.”

Cusick Motorsports, founded in 2021 by Don Cusick, has The Thermal Club in California as its headquarters. The first-class racing resort, which will see NTT INDYCAR SERIES activity for the first time in 2023, will yet again have a ‘home team’ to support at the Indy 500.

“I am excited about our new partnership with Cusick Motorsports and Stefan Wilson,” said Reinbold, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing team owner. “Stefan and Don Cusick have been enjoyable to work with and we are focused on achieving success on and off the track at the speedway. We are impressed with Stefan’s work ethic and grit which will apply well in the racecar.”

“As soon as the checkered flag fell on the Indy 500 this year, we set out to find the best possible partner for the future,” said Don Cusick, Founder and CEO of Cusick Motorsports. “We have immense respect for what Dreyer & Reinbold Racing have done both on and off track over the years and quickly identified them as our ideal partner for this endeavor. We couldn’t be happier to partner with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, along with several long-standing and new partners in CareKeepers, Sierra Pacific Windows, 181 Fremont, Gnarly Jerky, LOHLA SPORT, Romak Iron Works, Mosaic Animal Care, The Thermal Club, and Mr. and Mrs. James Lowes. We’ve created a special relationship with our partners and Stefan Wilson, and partnering with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will have a significant impact as we move forward.”

Reinbold is pleased with the team’s success over the past two years and Wilson provides experience and a fresh set of ideas.

“We are coming off top ten finishes for the past two years and believe Stefan can replicate that and fight for the win.”

The effort will be further boosted with the announcement of CareKeepers as the co-primary partner. CareKeepers provides caregiver referrals and placement, emergency medical alert devices with GPS monitoring, and special needs transportation services to individuals nationwide. CareKeepers brings over 30 years of experience and industry knowledge to help families understand all their options to determine the best course of action for their loved ones.

“We’re excited to accelerate our strategic growth in partnership with Stefan Wilson, Cusick Motorsports and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing,” said Gary Tennyson, CEO of CareKeepers. “There’s no better way to launch a company brand than with the attention given to the Indianapolis 500. We’ve been partnering with Stefan for many years through some of our other portfolio companies and it’s been an absolute honor to work with a group that has true integrity and concern for the representation of our brands. All our portfolio companies speed up your access to healthcare, and there’s nothing more synonymous with speed than the Indianapolis 500. We’re looking forward to the Month of May.”

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will enter a second entry for the 2023 Indianapolis 500, with formal details to be announced in the near future.

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Teammates Ferrucci & Karam Charge Early in Sunday’s Indy 500, Finish 10th & 23rd

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Santino ran as high as 3rd, Sage climbed to 11th before a last lap incident took him out of the race 

INDIANAPOLIS (May 29, 2022) – Dreyer & Reinbold Racing teammates Santino Ferrucci and Sage Karam charged through the field Sunday in the 106th running of Indianapolis 500 as they battled for top-five and top-ten positions throughout the 200-lap event in the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” 

Starting 15th in the 33-driver field, Ferrucci, the 23-year-old Dallas, TX, racer, had the fans on their feet as he fought his way to a contending position in the first half of the race and battled early race leader Scott Dixon for second on the lap 110 restart. Driving the No. 23 DRR Palermo’s Screamin’ Sicilian Pizza/Barrett-Jackson Chevrolet, Santino competed with the leaders in the top-five from lap 110 to 150 before Scott McLaughlin hit the wall on lap 151. 

Great pit work by the DRR crews helped both Ferrucci and Karam gain several positions on each pit stop as the two DRR racers worked their way up the race standings.  

The hot track temperatures and tire rubber made the famed 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval very slippery and Ferrucci had to fight the tough conditions as well as wind gusts that made it difficult for the drivers to pass late in the 500. 

Ferrucci swapped positions with Tony Kanaan, Alexander Rossi, Conor Daly and Helio Castroneves in the final 30 laps before having to settle for tenth at the checkered flag. It was the fourth consecutive top-ten for the Connecticut native after winning the “Rookie of the Year” honors in 2019 with a seventh place followed by fourth in 2020 and sixth in 2021. 

“Our car was phenomenal in the beginning, and we felt great,” Ferrucci said. “Our Chevy was fantastic and hats off to the crew. I mean we were the best crew on pit lane. We passed so many cars in the pits and these guys did a phenomenal job. I am just upset that we started to lose the car near the end of the race in the final two stints. It was tough out there. We will go back and check it out. Wow, for an Indy-only team, I am very proud of these boys.” 

Karam, the 2013 Indy Lights champion from Easton, PA, started 22nd Sunday in the No. 24 DRR AES Indiana/500 Festival Chevrolet and worked his way into the top 15 by lap 80. With outstanding pit work by the DRR crew assisted Sage in jumping up the charts and ran as high as eleventh. Late in the race, the track conditions hindered Karam’s chances to move into the top-ten. 

On the final lap, Karam’s car was hit by another car and forced into the outside wall in turn two. Sage was able to walk away from the incident and was examined in the track’s medical center. 

Dr. Geoffrey Billows, NTT IndyCar Series and IMS Medical Services Director, released a statement from his examination of Karam after the race. 

“Sage Karam was evaluated and passed all concussion protocols. He is experiencing some muscular skeletal soreness and he will be transported to Methodist Hospital for further imaging and evaluation.” 

Karam placed 23rd in the final Indy 500 results Sunday. 

Karam, Ferrucci Complete Solid Practice Runs with Good Speed; Sage Goes 226.698, Santino 225.075 in Traffic at IMS Monday

Karam records 86 laps, Ferrucci clocks 85 circuits in two-hour afternoon practice

INDIANAPOLIS (May 23, 2022) – The Dreyer & Reinbold Racing duo of Sage Karam and Santino Ferrucci returned to the famed 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval Monday for the another practice round before this Friday’s “Carb Day” in preparations for the 106th Indianapolis 500 set for Sunday (May 29).

With sunny and breezy conditions, Karam, entering his ninth Indy 500 start, recorded 86 laps Monday in the No. 24 DRR AES Indiana/500 Festival Chevrolet with a top speed of 226.699 miles per hour, placing him ninth fastest overall in the 33-car field.

Ferrucci, with his fourth Indy 500 this Sunday, ran 85 laps in the No. 23 Screamin’ Sicilian Pizza/Barrett-Jackson Chevrolet with a best speed of 225.075 m.p.h. for 16th overall. In addition to the practice laps, both DRR drivers worked on pit stops with their crews respectively as they prepare for the popular “Carb Day” Pit Stop Challenge set for 2:30 p.m. this Friday.

In Sunday’s 200-lap “Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” Ferrucci will start in the 15th starting slot (outside of Row 5) and Karam is scheduled to begin in the 22nd starting position (inside of Row 8) when the green flag drops at 12:45 p.m. EDT.

“We were back in race trim today and the car was good,” said Karam. “We were purely working on the car’s handling in traffic. We ran first with full tanks and getting a balance reading. After a few changes, the car felt even better. We ran over 80 laps today and learned even more about our race car. We were able to do some strong pit stops as well. Those strong stops have been a key for our DRR team for many years. We can pick up five or so spots on each stop and get right in the mix with the contenders. Being in the top-ten with race trim is very encouraging and I’m ready for Sunday.”

“Today was a solid learning day for our team,” said Ferrucci. “We made a bunch of long stints with race setup, and I feel pretty confident in the car. We made a slight change in the rear, and we’ll make another change in the front for ‘Carb Day.’ I feel like our car is just getting better and better. We didn’t even get close to using much downforce today, but we expect a hotter day on Sunday. So, we’ll make the proper adjustments for the race.” 

The next on-track action at IMS will be Friday (May 27) with the annual two-hour practice round (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) for the famous “Carb Day” activities followed by the Pit Stop Challenge at 2:30 p.m. The Miller Lite Concert will begin at 4 p.m.

The 106th running of Indianapolis 500 Mile Race will begin at 12:45 p.m. on Sunday, May 29.

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DRR Duo — Karam & Ferrucci — Pleased with 1st Indy 500 Practice Day Tuesday with Solid Speed in Both Cars

Karam clocks 226.398 MPH for 8th, Ferrucci Takes 19th at 225.362 MPH on Tuesday

INDIANAPOLIS (May 17, 2022) – The opening round of practice runs for the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race was greeted by beautiful sunny skies and the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing pair of Sage Karam and Santino Ferrucci wasted little time getting up to speed quickly.

Rolling out just past 9 a.m. EDT, Karam, in the No. 24 DRR AES Indiana Chevrolet, and Ferrucci, in the No. 23 DRR Palermo’s Screaming Sicilian Pizza Chevrolet, jumped to the top of the speed charts early in the first two-hour practice session after taking a solid two-day test in April at the famed 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval.

Ferrucci started the fast speeds with a 225.362 miles per hour clocking in the first hour and posted the top speed for nearly one hour. And Karam jumped to No. 4 on the IMS pylon at 225.106 m.p.h.

Later in the morning round, Sage jumped to third at 226.398 m.p.h. with Santino listed as sixth. Karam clocked 52 laps in the morning with Ferrucci at 50.

In the warmer afternoon session, both drivers worked in traffic through the field and, overall, Karam was 8th and Ferrucci 19th in the combined speed chart.

“It was a good day for our team as we backed up a lot of things we discovered in April at the test,” said Dennis Reinbold, DRR team owner. “We feel pretty good about our platform overall. We still have few items to sort out overnight, and we’ll put a few finishing touches on the process we are making. We’re moving in

the direction we want right now.”

“We had a pretty solid start for the No. 24 AES Indiana Chevy today (Tuesday),” said Karam. “And also, for the No. 23 team too. This morning we got out and showed some speed. Those two days of testing in April really helped us prepare for this week at IMS. Both of our DRR cars are very similar, and we worked through our test plan today. The conditions were harder in the afternoon with heat on the track. The car felt pretty decent in traffic. The car was good in traffic last year in the race and we are improving on that setup too. Last year, I was fourth on the first day of practice, but I didn’t feel as comfortable in the car as I did today. So, overall, it was a good day for us.”

“This morning was fantastic as I was very pleased with the setup of the car,” said Ferrucci. “Conditions were good in the morning. This afternoon, things heated up on the track surface, but we were able to make some head wind on the direction for the rest of the week. We need a few little issues and we brought the car to check it over. It’s our first practice session in May and we want to take our time. Make sure we don’t have a hang ups the rest of the week. We made a good transition from the April test to today’s (Tuesday) runs. The track temperature jumped up to 130 (degrees) which is similar to race day. But we are two weeks out from race day, so we can’t predict race conditions right now.”

Karam and Ferrucci will be back in action Wednesday, May 18, when practice rounds resume at 12 p.m. EDT. Qualifying for the 106th Indianapolis 500 is set for this Saturday, May 21, and Sunday, May 22. The 200-lap Classic will begin at 12:45 p.m. on Sunday, May 29.

About Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing was founded in 1999 by Indianapolis car dealer Dennis Reinbold. The legacy of the Dreyer and Reinbold family dates back to the 1920s with Reinbold’s grandfather, the legendary Floyd “Pop” Dreyer, a former factory motorcycle racer. Dreyer served as a crewman and mechanic on the famed Duesenberg driven by Benny Shoaff and Babe Stapp in the 1927 Indy 500. Dreyer went on to build Indy 500 cars in the 1930s which many started on the front row. In addition, Dreyer constructed championship-winning sprint cars and midgets as well as quarter midgets called Dreyerettes. Dreyer & Reinbold Racing captured its first win in 2000 with driver Robbie Buhl at Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando, Fla., and has fielded a variety of drivers including Buhl, Buddy Lazier, Sarah Fisher, Buddy Rice, Al Unser Jr., Sage Karam and J.R. Hildebrand. Dreyer & Reinbold Racing has successfully qualified all 43 drivers for the Indy 500 in its history. DRR, who competed in the Rallycross for the first time in 2015, captured the 2016 Lites rallycross championship.

Santino Ferrucci, Sage Karam Post Solid 227 MPH Laps at IMS

In Indy 500 Two-Day Testing to Finish 12th, 13th in Speed Charts

INDIANAPOLIS (April 21, 2022) – Dreyer & Reinbold Racing put in two solid days of testing Wednesday and Thursday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with drivers Santino Ferrucci and Sage Karam posting speeds over 227 miles per hour in preparations for the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500 set for Sunday, May 29.

DRR returns to a two-car effort for this year’s 500 Mile Race with two young chargers, Ferrucci and Karam, at the controls of the No. 23 and No. 24 Chevrolet-powered Dallara cars, and the two-day testing proved to be solid performances from both drivers.

Ferrucci, a three-time Indy 500 starter from Dallas, TX, recorded a best speed of 227.489 m.p.h. to place 12th overall in the No. 23 machine at the famed two-and-half-mile oval with a total of 165 laps clocked in the two-day rounds limited due to weather. Karam, the eight-time 500 starter from Easton, PA, returns to the DRR stable with the pretty No. 24 AES Indiana/500 Festival Chevrolet this year and recorded 109 laps with a best speed of 227.425 m.p.h, 13th overall.

Santino has turned in impressive runs in his three Indy 500 starts with seventh, fourth and sixth from 2019 to 2021, while Sage scored his best Indy 500 finish last year coming from the 31st starting position to seventh, the best passing record of the event.

“We got a lot of things done in the two days of testing,” said Dennis Reinbold, DRR team owner and strategist on Karam’s car. “We had a small issue with Sage’s car on Wednesday, but he ran many laps Thursday. Santino looked very good with the No. 23 car, and we have solid bases with both cars when we return for practice on May 17. I’m pleased how our testing well.”

Ferrucci jumped to the top-five of the charts throughout the day on Thursday before the team worked on a variety of setups in the sunny conditions later in the day.

“I thought we had two very solid days of testing with the Dreyer & Reinbold guys,” said Ferrucci. “I’m really happy with the car and we made a great base line with the setups when we return in May. I’m very impressed with the car. We couldn’t have had a better two days. The DRR guys do a great job with preparation and body fit. I’m anxious to return to IMS and get ready for qualifying and the race.”

Karam, the former Indy Lights champion, suffered through a technical issue in Wednesday’s runs, but Sage returned strong on Thursday with 109 laps and excellent speed.

“We had a little problem with the car on Wednesday and I had to finish my refresher laps on Thursday,” Sage said. “But after that, we rolled through many things, and I’m pleased with car heading to May. Actually, I had a lap going close to 229 (m.p.h.) late in the day but I had to hit the brakes. Overall, we worked through many setups and I’m excited to come back for the month of May.

Practice for the 106th Indy 500 begin on Tuesday, May 17, with qualifications scheduled for Saturday, May 21, and Sunday, May 22. The popular Carb Day activities are set for Friday, May 27, with the 106th running of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” taking place on Sunday, May 29.

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Names Karam and Ferrucci for the 2022 Indianapolis 500 Driver Lineup

CARMEL, IN (Dec. 9, 2021) – Drivers Sage Karam and Santino Ferrucci will compete for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing (DRR) in the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500 set for Sunday, May 29, 2022, at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 

Karam is scheduled to pilot his familiar No. 24 car while Ferrucci will drive the No. 23 car for the Indiana-based team.

Sage Karam is interviewed in May 2021 (Photo Courtesy of Dreyer & Reinbold Racing)

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing has entered and qualified 43 cars in the Indy 500 dating back to 1999 with a best finish of fourth in 2012. The great racing legacy of the Dreyer & Reinbold families dates back to 1927 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with legendary car builder Floyd “Pop” Dreyer, who served as a mechanic on the Duesenberg team. 

“Our team is eager to get back to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” said team owner Dennis Reinbold. “We believe the talent of these drivers will be important in helping the team achieve the ultimate goal of winning the ‘Greatest Spectacle in Racing.’ We, at DRR, have been improving our Indy 500 program with the singular goal of winning the race. Sage and Santino have exceptional talent and are key components for us to achieve the goal.”

Karam, the 26-year-old racer from Nazareth, PA, has become a regular in the DRR camp and will make his eighth start for the team after recording his best finish of seventh from the 31st starting position in 2021. Last year he also competed for DRR in Nitro Rallycross, winning five races.

Karam has driven a variety of cars, winning the USF2000 (2010) and Indy Lights (2013) championships. In 2021, Karam also drove in NASCAR Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series with a best finish of 16th at Bristol Motor Speedway.

“Doing more ovals in NASCAR this year has helped mentally prepare more to stay focused for the longer races,” said Karam. “The potential to improve in that area is there. We just need to nail down a few things. We are coming off of a high from last year and the goal is to be even better in the 2022 Indy 500.”

Ferrucci, the 23-year-old Connecticut native, has made three Indy 500 starts beginning in 2019 when he finished seventh and was named “Rookie of the Year.” Santino also placed fourth (2020) and sixth (2021) in his other 500 starts. 

He has raced a variety of series’ overseas including European Formula 3, GP3, Formula 2, and became a test and reserve driver in Formula One. He also raced in the Chili Bowl Midget national races in Okla. 

Santino Ferrucci will be joining Dreyer & Reinbold Racing for the 2022 edition of the “Greatest Spectacle In Racing” (Photo Courtesy of Dreyer & Reinbold Racing)

“I am super thrilled to join DRR,” said Ferrucci. “Nothing is better than being a part of a team that has such a high work ethic. The team’s attention to detail is comparable to top teams in the series.

“In my last two 500 races, we’ve been in the hunt to win, and I think I have grown a lot as a driver to understand that patience is needed to win. DRR has a great car and proved it last year with a seventh-place finish.”

Karam and Ferrucci have been teammates previously, racing karts over a decade ago.

“I’ve known Sage since I was 5 years old,” explained Ferrucci. “We had tremendous success in karts and hope to bring that to IndyCar come May.”

Indy 500 practice rounds are set begin Tuesday, May 18, with qualifications scheduled for Saturday, May 21, and Sunday, May 22. The 106thedition of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” will start at 12:45 p.m. EDT on Sunday, May 29.

Sage Karam Passes the Most Cars in Sunday’s Indy 500; DRR AES Indiana/500 Festival Chevy goes from 31st to 7th

INDIANAPOLIS (May 30, 2021) – Young Sage Karam drove from 31st on the starting grid to finish a career best seventh in his eighth Indianapolis 500 Sunday in the No. 24 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing AES Indiana/500 Festival Chevrolet at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Karam’s performance, which also included leading two laps of 200-lap classic, was the best passing drive of the 105th “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” and bettered his 2014 “Rookie” showing when he came from 31st to place ninth and capture the “Hard Charger Award.”

The 26-year-old veteran from Nazareth, PA, worked his way into the top 25 by lap 40 after Stefan Wilson slid through the DRR pit box on lap 32. By lap 50, Karam moved to the 16th spot and showed outstanding speed to compete with the front runners. Great pit work by the DRR crew helped Sage gain additional slots by the halfway point of the race. By lap 173, Karam ran seventh and led two laps on laps 175-76, the first laps led in his Indy 500 career.

Karam battled with Ed Carpenter and Santino Ferrucci for a Top Five position late in the race, but he had to settle for seventh at the checkered flag. Helio Castroneves won his fourth Indy 500 title on Sunday.

“It was a long day, but I feel so good for the DRR team and our sponsors AES Indiana and the 500 Festival,” said Karam. “With about 60 laps to go, my water bottle broke, and I was pretty thirsty at the end. I was looking at pylon each lap at the end and I could see we were getting in the mix. The DRR crew were awesome today on our pit stops. I made a mistake on one stop, but they made it up for me. The crew did an amazing job today and all month. It feels so good to go from 31st to seventh. It even beat my rookie run in 2014. I am so proud of this team. We are a little one-off race team, and we were battling with the big dogs all day. Dennis (Reinbold) has had faith in me and, today, I was able to bring home a good finish at the biggest race in the world. If we can qualify better, I think we can be in the mix for the win at this place. This was the hardest I have driven here in my career. I have been learning this new car each year and today it paid off. I think I drove the most patient ever here at Indy. You made to be that way today. You couldn’t force things. And that was the key today.” 

Karam Pleased with his Race Car at ‘Carb Day’ in the DRR AES Indiana/500 Festival Chevy with a 225.542 MPH Lap

INDIANAPOLIS (May 28, 2021) – After waiting out the morning rain storms, the 2021 Indianapolis 500 33-driver field was able to get in two hours of “Carb Day” practice runs and young Sage Karam and his No. 24 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing AES Indiana/500 Festival Chevrolet put a solid showing with a top speed of 225.542 miles per hour. 

Karam, starting his eighth Indy 500 at age 26, completed 61 laps in the cool, damp (58 degrees for air and 78 for track surface) conditions at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway and drove for just about one hour of the two-hour finale practice session. 

Karam, set for the 31st starting position in Sunday’s 200-lap classic, rolled out quickly at the 1:30 p.m. EDT green flag with a 222.721 m.p.h. after his fourth lap for P3 followed by a 224.684 m.p.h. at the 25-minute mark. With 45 minutes completed, Sage jumped to P6 on the speed chart with the 225.541 lap. 

When the DRR crew decided to take Sage’s mount back to Gasoline Alley, Karam sat sixth fastest in the 33-driver field. At the checkered flag, Karam’s 225.541 was the tenth fastest overall. Pole winner Scott Dixon was the fastest in “Carb Day” readings at 228.323. 

“We had a very good day with our No. 24 DRR AES Indiana/500 Festival Chevy,” said Karam, the Nazareth, PA, veteran. “I’m very pleased with the setup. Obviously, it was much cooler than normal here. We tried a number of different fuel settings and made four or five very good pit stops. This car is the best I have had in race setup for a long time. I think we have had a good race car since last week when we were fourth fastest. Now, we seem solid for Sunday’s race. I expect to have a strong race.” 

Saturday’s driver events include the annual “Drivers’ Meeting” as well as the “Spectacle of Homes” with the 105th Indianapolis 500 set to begin with the drop of the green flag next Sunday, May 30, at 12:45 p.m.

Rowdy Energy Named Sponsor of DRR & Sage Karam for this Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 Race

MOORESVILLE, NC – (May 28, 2021) – Today, Rowdy Energy Drink, the “better-for-you” energy drink brand created by 2x NASCAR Cup Champion, Kyle Busch and beverage entrepreneur Jeff Church, announced that they have partnered with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing to sponsor driver Sage Karam for the Indianapolis 500 Festival this Sunday. This will be the first time Rowdy Energy will be showcased in the race and marks Karam’s eighth year participating.

At only 26 years old, the Nazareth, PA native will start from a familiar spot in the 105th Indianapolis 500. Karam driver of the No. 24 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing AES Indiana/500 Festival Chevrolet, just recently qualified 31st starting position for the race – on Sunday, his car will sport a Rowdy decal as he takes to the track.

“It’s very well known that running the Indianapolis 500 is high on my bucket list and while I will not have my name above the door this year, having Rowdy Energy onboard Sage Karam’s Dreyer & Reinbold Racing entry is an exciting way to have a vested interest in one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world,” stated Kyle Busch. “We wish Sage and his team the best of luck in chasing down the checkered flag after an ice-cold Rowdy Energy on Sunday.”

Within just one-year, Rowdy Energy, which contains clean ingredients and bold flavors that can’t be found in other products in market, has earned shelf space in over 25,000 retail stores across the country such as Publix, Albertsons, H-E-B. Food Lion, Circle-K, CVS, Casey’s General Store, Murphy USA, WaWa and more. Kyle Busch and the Rowdy team are honored to be a part of such a historic event and look forward to driving additional awareness around the rapidly growing beverage.

“Our team is very excited to welcome Rowdy Energy to our partnership group for this year’s Indy 500 entry,” said Sage Karam. “While I have not raced against Kyle on the track, we have actually competed against each other in iRacing and other ‘Simulation’ race events. I know how competitive Kyle is as a race driver and we want to continue his exciting driving style with his new Rowdy Energy brand in Sunday’s 500. Thanks to Kyle and his entire company for their involvement in the No. 24 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing AES Indiana/500 Festival Chevy.”

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Sage Karam’s ‘SIM’ Racing Prepares Him for One-Off Indy 500 Ride with DRR in the No. 24 AES Indiana/500 Festival Chevy

INDIANAPOLIS (May 26, 2021) – Sage Karam is accustomed to running only the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race for the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing team, so on-track testing for the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” isn’t really an option for the Nazareth, PA, driver.

Karam, 26, enters his eighth Indy 500 race this Sunday in the 31st starting position with his No. 24 Dreyer 7 Reinbold Racing AES Indiana/500 Festival Chevrolet at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s famed two- and-a-half-mile oval.

But the former high school wrestling star has still been training for the 105th running of the 200-lap classic since his last appearance on the historic oval track last August.

Like many racers in the 21st century, Karam trains his racing skills at home on a detailed “simulation” kit that includes three monitor screens and race car-like equipment with a racing seat, steering wheel and pedals.

“It is actually pretty realistic with the proper ‘Sim’ setup,” said Karam, who won the IRacing Simulation Season Opener last April over the Watkins Glen International road course. “I race in several ‘sim’ leagues throughout the week, and it helps my on-track driving too. You need to concentrate at a similar rate in the ‘sim’ as you would on track. We use the same on-track strategies, pit stops with pit road speeds and same car settings. Obviously, a crash or incident is much different with ‘sim’ racing to real racing.”

Karam has proven to be one of the nation’s top ‘sim’ racers in recent years including winning the series championship last year in the IRX IRacing rallycross competition. Karam has also driven rallycross cars for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing in the past few years including winning at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

“I have been very active ‘on track’ at home as I can’t get on an actual racetrack,” Sage explained. “I have actually competed in five or six Indy 500 ‘sim’ races in the past months as a training tool for the real 500. It is very relatable for a driver as we have tire pressures, shock settings and wing settings. Plus, there is a weight jacker for handling too. The steering wheel is a little lighter than a real race car’s wheel.”  

Sage’s ‘sim’ setup at his Pennsylvania home has been a popular training tool for his famous racing neighbors, Marco and Mario Andretti.

“Marco wasn’t up on the ‘sim’ racing programs when IndyCar started the series due to the COVID pandemic,” said Karam. “So, he came over and I helped him get up to speed. It was the opposite when I got in IndyCar. He was the veteran in the real cars. And Mario was asked to compete in some legends ‘sim’ events, so I helped him as well. Can you imagine helping Mario Andretti in any racing?”

Karam is now hoping that his off-season, at-home training pays off this Sunday when he takes the green flag in the world’s biggest auto race for the eighth time.

“I feel that the ‘sim’ racing has definitely helped me to prepare for the Indy 500,” he said. “Since I couldn’t get on the track for testing like the other (IndyCar) drivers, I think this system is the next best thing for me. You would be surprised how similar some of the ‘sim’ racing techniques assist me in the real race car.”

Karam and the other 32 drivers will take the green flag at 12:45 p.m. EDT for the 105th Indianapolis 500.

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