Sage Karam will be back with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing for the Indianapolis 500 in May.
The driver and team combination was strong as a one-off effort in last year’s race, which ended earlier than they expected. Karam started 23rd in the race, but was headed toward the front of the field. Sage was battling for third, when he and Townsend Bell made contact just before the hallway point in the race.
This will be the fourth career Indianapolis 500 start for Sage, and his third with the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing team. He made his Rookie debut with them in 2014. After starting 32nd in that race, Karam finished in 9th position.
“I’m really excited to be back with Dennis and the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing team for the Indianapolis 500 this May,” Karam said. “Trying to win the 500 as a one-off team is certainly a big challenge, but I’m confident in this team and their ability to field a race car that can win this race. I’ll be working with the same engineers and the same pit crew from the last two races at Indy with DRR and I trust that we can build upon that continuity and ride that momentum to the double checkers and into Victory Lane.”
“We are very pleased to have Sage back with our Dreyer & Reinbold Racing team for the 2017 Indy 500,” said team owner Dennis Reinbold. “We have had two sensational showings at the 500 with Sage in 2014 and 2016. His impressive runs give the team great confidence in returning to the 500 this year. Sage has worked well with the engineering staff and the crew and his approach to the Speedway setups have been outstanding as his speed has shown.”
The release did not mention an engine partner or primary sponsor, but said those deals would be announced in the near future. The team will once again use the No. 24 on the car.