Jul 2, 2014, 9:32 AM EDT
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.
Visiting the nascar world today. How do I look? pic.twitter.com/mlMruN3vLP
— Sage Karam (@SageKaram) July 1, 2014
— Sage Karam (@SageKaram) July 2, 2014
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.
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