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Karam to make NASCAR debut at Indianapolis

Experienced IndyCar and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship driver Sage Karam will compete for Jordan Anderson Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course.

Karam will drive the No. 31 Chevrolet at the 2.534-mile road course on Aug. 14 (4 p.m. ET on NBCSN/NBC Sports App), which will serve as his debut in a NASCAR national series and the Xfinity Series.

“It has always been a dream of mine to be able to compete at this level with some of the world‘s best stock car drivers,” said Karam in a team press release. “My goal is to learn as much as possible and soak in this experience. It‘s a welcomed challenge for me, and I‘m looking forward to building strong relationships with the talented people of Jordan Anderson Racing.”

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Karam has two top-10 finishes in eight career starts in the Indianapolis 500. The 26-year-old driver started 31st in this year’s running of the Indy 500 and finished seventh. Karam also had three career starts on the Indianapolis road course with the IndyCar Series, all of which occurred during the 2020 season.

The Nazareth, Pennsylvania native also spent two seasons racing for factory Lexus during the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship seasons.

“Our entire team is incredibly proud to add Sage Karam to our list of talented drivers that have driven the 31 Chevrolet this year,” stated JAR President Jordan Anderson. “With Sage‘s extensive experience in road racing and open-wheel racing, along with finishing 7th in this year‘s Indianapolis 500, we knew that the road course at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway would be a special place for him to make his NASCAR debut with support from Montage Mountain Resorts and so many other great partners.

“To bridge the gap between two different fields of racing is a challenge that I‘m confident Sage will be able to master. We‘re blessed to have some amazing drivers and people that continue to help our organization grow, and this opportunity is another pivotal part of our long-term goal.”

Karam is one of five drivers who will have competed with Jordan Anderson Racing in 2021, which also include Cup Series regular  Tyler Reddick, Kaz Grala, Josh Berry and owner-driver Anderson. The team has earned four top-10 finishes on the year.