Karam Replaces Rojas In Ganassi Tudor Car
Chip Ganassi Racing announced Wednsday that development driver Sage Karam will take the place of Memo Rojas in this weekend’s Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Karam will join Scott Pruett in the driver lineup of the No. 01 Telcel Ford EcoBoost Prototype for the Tudor United SportsCar Championship event.
The driver lineup was made after regular co-driver Memo Rojas said he couldn’t compete this weekend due to a nagging back issue.
“I spoke to the team after our last race at Mosport and let them know that I didn’t feel that I was 100 percent,” Rojas, who has won multiple championships with Pruett in the 01 car, said. “I discussed the situation with our managing director Mike Hull and we agreed that it would be best for me to rest my back this weekend. I know Sage will do a great job filling in and I’m already looking forward to the race at Road America after a few weekends off.”
Karam – the reigning Indy Lights Champion, 2011 Star Mazda Rookie of the Year and 2010 USF2000 Champion – returns to CGRFS after making his debut with the team in Round 1 of the TUSC in his first start in a sports car at the Rolex 24 At Daytona, again with the team in Round 2 at the 12 Hours of Sebring, and most recently in round 7 at the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.
Karam also led the team’s four-car Indianapolis 500 effort in his very first Verizon IndyCar Series start with a ninth-place result at IMS in May.
“I couldn’t have been happier to get the call to come drive again with the team in the No. 01 car in Indianapolis,” he said. “It’s an unfortunate situation for Memo, and I hope he recovers quickly, but I’m happy to step up and contribute any way I can. I have such great memories of competing at IMS already in the Indianapolis 500 this year with the team, so it almost feels like going home a bit. I know it’s a completely different track, but I feel comfortable there, and I’m hoping I can carry that over into a great result this weekend.”No Comment