So, what did Sage Karam get for Christmas? Apparently the reigning Indy Lights champion got an unexpected phone call Christmas Morning that might have been the Indycar ride he’s been pursuing.
If you haven’t been following the Karam family on twitter it hasn’t been a smooth transition from Indy Lights to the big show. They tweeted out their frustration this month as rides began to fill, and it began to look like Karam might have been left behind. The elder Karam even tweeted at one point, “It is the @mazda Road to @indycar right?”
And it looked like Sage might be left out of this year’ silly season, and then he got a phone call Christmas morning.
Insane phone call this morning. Hopefully can share something with you all soon!
— Sage Karam (@SageKaram) December 25, 2013
There aren’t any details, but it suggest that a deal is either done, or close to being done, probably for an Indycar or maybe a Tudor Sportscar ride. What makes me thing it’s career related, and not personal, is his father tweeting out “RT @SageKaram Great call regarding my future. #have #faith Holidays just got a little better.”
If it’s an Indycar seat, there aren’t that many teams with cars available. Dale Coyne hasn’t signed anyone to drive alongside Justin Wilson, but it doesn’t seem in his character to make a Christmas phone call, unless the season starts on the next weekend.
The only other expected cars without a driver belongs to KV Racing, Rahal Letterman Lanigan and Bryan Herta Autosport. Herta is expected to fill the Barracuda ride with Luca Fillippi or J.R. Hildebrand, so it would be unlikely for Karam to win the BHA sweepstakes.
KV Racing is looking for a driver to go alongside Sebastien Bourdais, and could have signed a sponsor who either will let the team hire who they want, or wants a young American.
The phone call also could have came from either RLL or Panther Racing depending on what the National Guard ends up doing. If Rahal landed the National Guard, and kept Blu Cigarettes, Service Central brands and/or an associate like Valvoline stepped up they could hire whoever they wanted. If the Guard returns to Panther they might want an American, and since Hildenbrand is out of the question Karam would be a good choice.
There’s also the possibility that it’s a sportscar team, or another series. Tudor Sportscar rides pay well, and a lot of would be American open wheel stars have ended up there, but both Ryan Briscoe and Simone Pagenaud did time there while waiting on their Indycar rides.
Here’s hoping Karam got the call he was waiting for Christmas morning.