– Sage Karam is back for his third Indianapolis 500 and his first IndyCar Series race since he crashed at Pocono in the ABC Supply 500 on Aug. 23, 2015. Karam’s crash sent the nose cone flying off his car and it hit Justin Wilson in the helmet. Wilson would die from that injury the following day and it weighed heavy on Karam’s conscience.
This year’s Indianapolis 500 has been therapeutic to the 21-year-old driver from Nazareth, Pa.
“Just to be back, man, is incredible,” Karam said. “Just turning laps again is something I’ve been dreaming of for nine months, to get back in the car again and go 200 plus. To be in there and have a day like Monday where I was fourth on the charts. I just hope I get through Turn 1 this year. If I settle in we will have a good race.
“When I was sitting there for nine months my last memory of racing was Pocono. I needed a new memory in the car and it got my mind off last year a bit. It’s really made me take the next step in the recovery process.”
Karam starts 23rd but he is confident he can settle in and race his way toward the front.
“Starting in the back you can save a little fuel but I’m going to be focused on getting to the front as fast as I can,” Karam said. “Once I get there, I’m probably going to save fuel and get ready for the last 10 or 15 laps.
“We’re filming some episodes for Discovery Channel for Fast N Loud and it will air in September but that its good for myself and the series and Gas Monkey Garage has a big following,” Karam said. “They brought an awesome looking car to the track and to the suite and they are super into it.
“They made a custom Harley and said if I win the race, I get to take it home.”
– Graham Rahal looks forward to seeing co-team owner David Letterman and his son Harry on Race Day.
“Dave is a huge part of this organization and Harry is a big part of that,” Rahal said. “If we can keep Harry hooked, we can keep Dave hooked.”
It’s the 30th Anniversary of the 70th Indianapolis 500 in 1986 that was won by Rahal’s father, Bobby.
“There would be no better year to win it than this because it is such a great platform,” Rahal said. “I hope whoever wins this thing can take it into their hands and make a difference in this sport.”