8.8.2012 (Via IndyCarAdvocate.com) - If you’ve missed the action in the Star Mazda Championship this year, you’ve missed some of the most competitive, challenging racing in the entire Mazda Road To Indy ladder. Sage Karam knows that for a first-hand fact.
With five races remaining on the Star Mazda schedule, the 17 year-old driver from Nazareth, Pennsylvania has charged his way up to P2 in the Star Mazda standings, only 41 points behind frontrunner Jack Hawksworth. He’s either won or finished on the podium in six of the last seven races. A year after being the Star Mazda Rookie of the Year, the driver of the #88 Comfort Revolution/Andretti Autosport machine has injected some life into Star Mazda’s battle for the title, and the Indy Lights scholarship that accompanies it.
For Karam’s part, he believes winning that championship is possible.
“I definitely believe I have a legit shot,” stated Karam in a recent interview. “I need to keep doing what I do, and no more mechanical breakdowns. I don't wish poor results on my opponents because I believe in that whole Karma thing you know? But, I certainly could use some help from the rest of the Star Mazda field”.
With challenges remaining at Baltimore, Mazda Raceway, and Road Atlanta, Karam believes his aggressive approach on the track will serve him well as he continues to challenge Hawksworth and the rest of the field.
“I have been driving with the ‘gloves off’ approach and I don't plan on changing that,” Karam affirmed. “Senna said, ‘when you see a gap and don't take it, you are no longer a racer’; I live by that. My team is excited about our success, the momentum and my driving style. I'd like to think that my team thrives off the excitement and effort that I bring to the track, and I feed off of their dedication, too”.
There’s certainly been far more to cheer than regret for the Andretti Autosport crew this year when it comes to Karam’s on-track performance.
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