Karam, 19, gets Indy 500 ride

Karam, 19, gets Indy 500 ride

Sage Karam, a high-school senior, will race in his first Indianapolis 500 next month in a car fielded jointly by Chip Ganassi Racing and Dreyer & Reinbold Kingdom Racing.

Karam, 19, is the reigning Indy Lights champion, but he was unable to parlay that into a full-time IndyCar ride. Instead, he hooked on with Ganassi in a driver-development role and will drive the No. 22 Chevrolet under a deal announced Tuesday.

“It is honestly a dream come true for me and my racing career,” said Karam, who is from Nazareth, Pa., the hometown of the Andretti family. “Chip has created a fantastic organization that judges success by just one thing — winning both races and championships. This is a very big day for me.”

Karam ran in the first two events of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship with Ganassi, and drove with Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan at Sebring. He is the first driver to compete at all levels of the Mazda Road to Indy program, and the only one to win races at each level.