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Sage Karam visits Ganassi’s NASCAR team, but here’s to him sticking in IndyCar

Jul 2, 2014, 9:32 AM EDT

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Over the years, there’s been a lot of potential young, American open-wheel stars – Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Larson immediately come to mind – who had open-wheel roots but eventually made it big in NASCAR.

Here’s to hoping for IndyCar’s sake that Sage Karam, the 2013 Indy Lights champion, isn’t on that list.

Karam, who starred in his Indianapolis 500 debut and in various sports car races as a Chip Ganassi Racing development driver, visited Ganassi’s NASCAR shop in Charlotte for the first time on Tuesday.

Ganassi has Larson in his rookie year of Sprint Cup and also has Dylan Kwasniewski as a development driver on the NASCAR side.

Although at the moment Karam doesn’t have any additional Verizon IndyCar Series races planned this year – Iowa and/or Milwaukee were mooted in a 1260 WNDE radio interview in early June – he’s still Ganassi’s best IndyCar prospect, especially considering a seat could be opening there in the next two to three years.

Karam, a native of Nazareth, Pa., will not be racing at Pocono this weekend for what would be his home race.

We’re hopeful and optimistic he’ll get at least one more IndyCar race this year, to once again show the potential and flare he displayed at Indy.

  1. indycarseries500 - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Chip needs to put him in a car at Milwaukee and Iowa. The kid has owned both tracks on the MRTI, especially Iowa.

  2. testover6370 - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    I’d be so disappointed if he went to NASCAR. He shouldn’t have to wait until past next year to have a seat. I think he could outperform Briscoe and is a better long term prospect. Put him in the 8 in 2015.

    • indycarseries500 - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:23 AM

      Briscoe’s been fast though, I’d say the 10…unless you’re saying move Briscoe to the 10.

      • testover6370 - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:30 PM

        Dixon 9th, TK 11th, Briscoe 13th in the standings. Factor in TK’s points haul if Rahal hadn’t nerfed him in Houston race 1, and he’s even further ahead than Briscoe. In one race (admittedly one with double points, but also one where he got next to zero qualifying points) Karam banked 1/4 of the points Briscoe has accumulated in over half a season.

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