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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.”

For additional information on Rowdy Energy please visit www.RowdyEnergy.com.

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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Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Brings Indiana Connection of Partners

AES Indiana/500 Festival/Sun King/Mecum To 105th Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS (May 24, 2021) – Dennis Reinbold’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES team has returned to the famed Indianapolis 500 with a unique local flavor this year.

The Indianapolis businessman and racing enthusiast brings an “Indiana Connection” with his entry in the 105th edition of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” as several Indiana-based corporations have teamed with the family whose 500 traditional dates back to 1927.

Reinbold grew up just one and a half miles from the historic “Brickyard” racing plant and his legacy at the two-and-a-half-mile oval track goes back to his legendary grandfather, Floyd “Pop” Dreyer, who served as a crewman and mechanic on the Duesenberg team in the late 1920s. In fact, Dreyer built a variety of Indy 500 vehicles including the entire 1931 front row.

So, bringing the likes of AES Indiana, the 500 Festival Foundation, Sun King Brewery and, even, the largest auto auction in the Capitol city, Mecum Auctions, as a group to the world’s biggest auto racing event was a natural.

“This will be our team’s 22nd Indy 500 competition,” said Reinbold. “But, of course, our family’s Indy 500 legacy goes back to my grandfather as well as my uncles who served on many Indy 500 crews. So, we wanted an Indianapolis-themed car this year with our young driver Sage Karam. We are so excited to bring AES Indiana and the 500 Festival together on the No. 24 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet for this year’s Indy 500. And we have other local partners like Mecum and Sun King who have been with our team for many years.

“The 500 Festival is near and dear to me, and the whole team, as we have always admired and supported the work that the non-profit organization does in our community as well as the traditions it upholds for the Indy 500 and the entire month of May.”

Karam, who will start his eighth Indy 500 this Sunday at age 26, also spent many years as an Indianapolis resident and appreciates the local connection to the Indy 500.

“This connection with our partners like AES Indiana and the 500 Festival is just a perfect match for Dennis’ Indy-based team,” said Karam. “We have a new look with new partners, and we believe we have prepared our No. 24 car as well as ever. The attention to detail is phenomenal and I want to applaud our crew for its efforts. We believe the fans will be rooting for this Indy Connection too.”

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the annual AES 500 Festival Parade has been postponed for a second consecutive year, but the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing team can continue the corporation’s involvement with month of May in Indianapolis.

In addition, the popular Omaze company brings a special Indy 500 “Sweepstakes” contest with the 500 Festival to win a 2021 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray Indy 500 Pace Car as well as a wild Indy 500 VIP Experience in 2022. 

“We are very pleased to have AES Indiana, the 500 Festival Foundation and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing together for an exciting way to celebrate the month of May and the AES 500 Festival Parade,” said Bob Bryant, president and CEO of the 500 Festival. “We are also excited to highlight this incredible opportunity with Omaze and build awareness of the mission of the 500 Festival to enrich lives, foster positive community impact, and celebrate the Indy 500.”

“This affiliation with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing is an outstanding way to showcase our brand transition from IPL to AES Indiana at this year’s Indy 500,” said Kristina Lund, president and CEO, AES Indiana. “This is a unique partnership, and we are honored to team up with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and the 500 Festival as they share the same commitment to this community and the month of May in Indy.”

About the 500 Festival

Founded in 1957, the 500 Festival is a not-for-profit organization that produces more than 50 life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500 and positively impact the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana. One of the largest festivals in the nation, each year more than half a million people attend an event or program produced by the 500 Festival. Since its founding, the 500 Festival has contributed more than $500 million in economic value to Indianapolis. To learn more about the 500 Festival, please visit www.500festival.com or follow us on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram

About AES Indiana

AES Indiana, an AES Company, provides retail electric service to more than 500,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Indianapolis, as well as portions of other Central Indiana communities surrounding Marion County. During its long history, AES Indiana has supplied its customers with some of the lowest-cost, most reliable power in the country.  Connect with AES Indiana on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.  For more information about how AES Indiana is accelerating the future of energy, visit aesindiana.com/hellofuture.

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 42 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.

About Omaze

Omaze is an online fundraising platform that offers the chance to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences and prizes to support nonprofits around the world. Omaze experiences connect influencers, nonprofits and donors to create lasting impact. Through the Omaze platform, people from more than 180 countries have made donations that support over 350 charities, driving substantial levels of awareness for their work. Omaze has raised more than $130M for causes to date, and was named to the 2020 list of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies.

Karam Leads “Last Chance” Qualifying Again Sunday, Will Start 31st

Sage Makes His 8th Indy 500 in DRR AES Indiana/500 Festival Chevy

INDIANAPOLIS (May 23, 2021) – Sage Karam will start from a familiar spot in the 105th Indianapolis 500 next Sunday, May 30, as the Nazareth, PA, driver of the No. 24 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing AES Indiana/500 Festival Chevrolet qualified 31st starting position Sunday for the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” This year’s race will be the eighth 500 start for the 26-year-old veteran.

Forced to compete in Sunday’s “Last Chance” qualifying round, Karam showed the pace with his DRR team’s solid machine for the battle in the “Last Row” spots, as five drivers vied for three starting positions. Sage clocked four laps of 230.032, 229.423, 228.871 and 228.305 miles per hour for a four-lap average of 229.156 m.p.h. Ironically, Karam’s four-lap average on Saturday was nearly identical at 229.158.

In fact, Karam’s Sunday overall time was two minutes, 37.0982 seconds, compared to Saturday’s 2:37.0967, just an 0.0015 difference.

For the third consecutive year, Karam will start in the 31st position, the first driver to do it at the Brickyard. He also started 31st in his rookie year of 2014 when he finished ninth and won the “Hard Charger Award.” Karam is one of four drivers to start on the ‘Last Row” on four occasions (George Snider, Tom Bigelow and Buddy Lazier).

Sage will start next to Will Power (228.876) and Simona de Silvestro (228.353) on Row 11 in the 33-driver field for next Sunday’s 200-lap classic. Scott Dixon won the pole at 231.685.

“It wasn’t easy running in Sunday’s Last Chance qualifying, as it was warmer than Saturday’s qualifying,” said Karam. “But the team did a great job preparing the car for the four-lap stint. Glad we were fastest in that little round as we were two years ago. Ironically, I’ll start 31st for the third straight Indy 500. I’m really proud of the DRR Team Chevy and AES Indiana crew the way they kept working so hard to get me in the show here at Indy. As one-car, Indy-only team, DRR had to go up against two cars basically Penske-prepared for Will and Simona. And we beat them today. I think that is very cool. Now we are ready to prepare for next Sunday’s race.”

“Carb Day” practice next Friday is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the 105th Indianapolis 500 set to begin with the drop of the green flag next Sunday, May 30, at 12:45 p.m.

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 42 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.

Karam & DRR AES Indiana/500 Festival Chevy Qualifying Report

INDIANAPOLIS (May 22, 2021) – In Saturday’s first round of Indianapolis 500 qualifications, Sage Karam drove the No. 24 DRR AES Indiana/500 Festival Chevrolet to a four-lap average of 229.158 miles per hour to place 32nd in the 35-driver field as the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing team prepares for the 105th “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” classic next Sunday.

Karam, the former Indy Lights champion from Nazareth, PA., attempted to improve his early qualifying run later Saturday afternoon in the hotter conditions but we unable to best his previous four-lap speeds of 229.509, 229.205, 229.062 and 228.858 m.p.h.

Saturday’s time trials set up for Sunday’s Fast Nine position qualifying and the “Last Chance” qualifying for the final row in the 33-car starting lineup for the May 30 200-lap event at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Karam, the 2014 “Hard Charger Award” winner, will compete for one of the final three spots in the Indy 500 field Sunday at 1:15 p.m. EDT with drivers Will Power, Simona de Silvestra, Charlie Kimball and R.C. Enerson.

A late afternoon two-hour practice period (5 – 7 p.m.) will wrap up Sunday activities with the entire 33-car field participating in the last session before next Friday’s annual “Carb Day” events.

“Actually, our earlier qualifying run felt pretty good, but we just weren’t fast enough for the fast 30 positions today (Saturday),” said Karam. “We just struggled the last two days with our qualifying setup after three good days in race trim. We just don’t have the first and second lap speeds that others have had. The guys who run 231s can afford to fall off in the later laps. We are consistent with our laps in qualifying, but we need faster opening laps. Overall, the car very balanced but we need more speed.”

Sunday’s events will include a 30-minute practice at 11 a.m. for the five “Last Chance” qualifiers and the 1:15 p.m. “Last Chance” qualifying round with the Fast Nine run for the pole position at 3 p.m.

“Carb Day” practice next Friday is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the 105th Indianapolis 500 set to begin with the drop of the green flag next Sunday, May 30, at 12:45 p.m.

Busy Day for Karam with 86 laps On Track; Mecum Auction TV Show

Sage Works on Long Race Stints in AES Indiana/500 Festival Chevy

INDIANAPOLIS (May 20, 2021) – Driver Sage Karam kept a busy schedule Thursday in Indianapolis with an appearance at the popular Mecum Auto Auctions in the morning and an action-packed, on-track practice round in the afternoon in preparations for the 105th Indianapolis 500.

Longtime Dreyer & Reinbold Racing partner, the Mecum Auto Auctions, annually hosts its huge auction at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, and both Karam and DRR team owner Dennis Reinbold attended the morning session which saw a variety of collector machinery. Karam also made an appearance in the NBC Sports telecast Thursday from the Indiana Farmers Coliseum after meeting auction owner Dana Mecum.

By noon, Karam was back in his No. 24 DRR AES Indiana/500 Festival Chevrolet race car for pit stop practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and several long stints in race setups. With 86-degree air temperature and 125-degree race surface, it was important testing in the heat of the day.

After 15 to 20-lap runs, Karam’s mount was consistent with a best speed of 221.411 miles per hour and many 220-plus laps as his squad prepared for the 200-lap Classic race on Sunday, May 30. The DRR engineering team methodically worked through their settings with the hotter conditions before parking the race car at 5:30 p.m. EDT. Sage completed 86 laps on Thursday.

“Sure, it was a busy day for me and the whole team,” said Karam, the 26-year-old racer from Nazareth, PA. “It was fun to check out all of the very cool cars at the Mecum Auction this morning at the fairgrounds. We talked with Dana and the Mecum folks who have been partners with DRR for many years. The Indy event is one of their biggest throughout the country. I love seeing their wild cars up close.

“On the track, we did a bunch of pit stops and then worked through our checklist for the race settings and we worked with a few qualifying settings too. We will concentrate much more on the qualifying trim on Friday with the bigger turbo (charger) boost and running less downforce. It’s another busy day on Friday with qualifications just around the corner.”

Thursday’s best speed at IMS was set by former Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan at 225.341 m.p.h. followed by Conor Daly at 225.245, Santino Ferrucci at 224.922 (before his car hit the wall), Josef Newgarden at 224.885 and Scott Dixon at 224.666.

Karam will drive the No. 24 AES Indiana/500 Festival Chevrolet Friday afternoon from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. EDT in the “Fast Friday” practice action.

Sage Karam, DRR Continue Race Setup Wednesday at 9th Best Lap

In DRR AES Indiana/500 Festival Chevrolet with a 225.300 MPH Speed

INDIANAPOLIS (May 19, 2021) – It was another solid day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Wednesday for driver Sage Karam and the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing squad in the second day of practice runs for the 105th Indianapolis 500.

Karam, the Nazareth, PA, veteran at age 26, worked throughout the afternoon rounds with a race setup on the No. 24 DRR AES Indiana/500 Festival Chevrolet and clocked a best lap speed of 225.300 miles per hour, ninth in the 35-car field on the speed charts after being fourth fastest in Tuesday practice.

The 2014 “Hard Charger of the Race” is attempting to make his eighth consecutive with the DRR team’s new look and new partners in AES Indiana and the 500 Festival Foundation. Sage completed 67 laps Wednesday as the team engineers continue to apply new car settings in the afternoon.

“We did some good runs in traffic today and learned quite a bit on the handling of the car,” said Karam. “The temps were higher today, and the grip levels were not as good as Tuesday. But, overall, I’m very happy with the direction of the car in race trim. Still listed in the Top Ten on the speed charts and that is a good sign as we move towards the qualifying settings later in the week.”

In addition to the on-track activities on Wednesday, Karam and team owner Dennis Reinbold were joined in the IMS media center by new team partners AES Indiana (Brandi Davis-Handy) and 500 Festival Foundation (Bob Bryant) in explaining DRR’s new “All Indy Connection.” DRR also has Mecum Auctions and Sun King Brewery on the No. 24 machine this year.

Fastest in Wednesday’s practice session was defending NTT INDYCAR Series champion Scott Dixon at 226.829 m.p.h. followed by Conor Daly at 226.372 and Ed Carpenter at 226.103.

Karam returns to action Thursday with the third practice day at IMS beginning at 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. EDT.

Sage Karam Posts 4th Fastest Lap Tuesday in Indy 500 Practice

In No. 24 DRR AES Indiana/500 Festival Chevrolet with a 225.942 MPH Lap

INDIANAPOLIS (May 18, 2021) – Sage Karam came out with new colors, new sponsors and a new confidence in the opening day of practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 105th Indianapolis 500 and quickly established himself with a strong fourth fastest lap of the day.

Driving the pretty blue and white No. 24 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing AES Indiana/500 Festival Chevrolet, the Nazareth, PA, racer recorded a best speed of 225.942 miles per hour which jumped to the top of the speed charts at 5 p.m. on the first day of practice at the famed 2-1/2-mile oval.

The 26-year-old driver recorded 26 laps in the morning practice runs with a best of 221.328 m.p.h. to notch the 12th fastest among the veteran drivers. He quickly posted a 223.193 m.p.h. clocking in the afternoon rounds as his experienced DRR crew went to work to improve Sage’s Dallara machine.

On his 31st lap in the Tuesday afternoon runs, Karam vaulted to the top of the charts with his 225.942 circuit, and he pulled into the pits early and watched the final 45 minutes of practice from his pit area.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better opening day here at IMS,” said Karam, the 2014 “Hard Charger Award” winner as a rookie. “We came with a whole new look, new partners — all Indy-based – and the strong DRR crew. The car felt good at the end of the test last month and we found some things that can help us throughout the month. It was cooler today and the car was very good. I was pleased how we worked through our settings and how the car became faster. We are a one-car team this year and we are an Indy 500 only team too. It’s hard to stay with the full-time teams, but I feel good that we rolled off the trailer this way. I’m excited for the rest of the week as we prepare for qualifying.”

Karam, seeking a position in the 33-driver field for an eighth consecutive year, finished the day behind three former Indy 500 winners in Will Power at 226.470, Ryan Hunter-Reay at 226.371 and Takuma Sato at 226.132.

Karam will be back in action Wednesday, May 19, when practice rounds resume at 12 p.m. EDT. Qualifying for the 105th Indianapolis 500 is set for this Saturday, May 22, and Sunday, May 23. The 200-lap Classic will begin at 12:15 p.m. on Sunday, May 30.

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