Dreyer & Reinbold Racing has announced that its Indy 500 driver Sage Karam will also join the team’s Americas Rallycross Championship team for four ARX2 Series races with partnership from WIX Filters and IMSI Springs in the No. 24 DRR race car.
Karam, 24, began his racing career at age nine in karting and made the rapid rise to an open-wheel star with championship runs in 2010 with the USF2000 title and in 2013 with the Indy Lights crown in 2013. The Nazareth, Pa., racer began his IndyCar Series career in 2014 and will attempt to qualify for his sixth Indy 500 next month in the No. 24 WIX Filters DRR Chevrolet.
Karam’s racing career has also included sports cars but the ARX2 class action will be his first venture into rallycross, starting at Mid-Ohio on June 8-9 in the No. 24 WIX Filters car and also including Gateway on July 13-14 in the No. 24 ISMI Springs car.
At those events, Karam will join teenager Cole Keatts, who was announced for an ARX2 full season in the No. 53 DRR machine.
“I am very excited to jump into the ARX2 class at Mid-Ohio and Gateway in June and July with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing,” said Karam. “I have tested the ARX2 car for DRR last year, but the dirt component is completely new to me. I have only raced on pavement throughout my career, so getting onto the dirt side will be a learning process. Cole’s background is through the dirt in off-road racing and he can help me a bit.
“But overall the ARX Rallycross series looks to be a blast and I can’t wait to test the DRR race car soon and then drive the WIX Filters/ISMI Springs machine at the races.”
Dennis Reinbold, DRR team owner whose squad won the 2016 U.S. rallycross lites series championship, is eager to see Sage behind the wheel of one of his ARX2 vehicles this year.
“We have always seen the potential and development of Sage as a racing driver through our Indy 500 program, but we are excited to see him at the wheel of one of our ARX2 cars this year,” said Reinbold. “We were impressed with Sage’s performance in a test last year and we wanted to give him this opportunity now after the Indy 500. We are also exploring more possibilities for Sage to compete in the reminder of the 2019 ARX2 season.”
The 2019 ARX2 campaign starts with Rounds 1 and 2 on June 8-9 at the Mid-Ohio with a 10-turn, 0.7-mile course in the “Keyhole” section of the road circuit. The double-header at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway on July 13-14 will be run inside the 1.25-mile oval.