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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.”

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.

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