Chip Ganassi Racing announced today that their No. 8 car will be split amongst Sage Karam and Sebastian Saavedra for the remainder of the season. In addition, they also mention that Saavedra will be in a fifth car that will be “overseen by CGRT” for the Indianapolis 500 next month.
Saavedra will be in the No. 8 car this weekend at Long Beach, while Karam will return to the car the following week at Barber Motorsports Park. Sebastian will drive the car at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, but both drivers will race in the Indy 500. Karam will be in the car from then on, until the season-ending race at Fontana.
Saavedra has 33 career starts in the Verizon IndyCar Series, and earned his first career pole last year on the road course at Indianapolis. The Colombian driver is being backed once again by AFS Racing/Automatic Fire Sprinklers, and Gary Peterson.
Sage will miss the Long Beach race, but remains optimistic about things going forward. “I’m grateful to Chip and the team for their ongoing commitment to me, and I can’t wait to get back in the car at Barber. I just take things one day at a time and nothing has really changed for me since I started as a development driver here– when Chip calls, I’m ready to go race.”
Saavedra will need to get up to speed quickly, as he has yet to experience the cars with the new aero kits. “It’s good to be back in the Verizon IndyCar Series. This is an amazing opportunity for me with AFS to work with one of the most prestigious teams in all of racing. I’m very grateful to Chip and the team, which have had an incredible history in the sport, and specifically in the Indianapolis 500. I’m looking forward to Long Beach and doing everything I can to help get the No. 8 car to the front.”