Contact: Cristina Easterly, Kingdom Racing
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., June 3, 2016 /Christian Newswire
/ -- The DRR-Kingdom Racing driver put on an impressive show on Sunday as he charged from 23rd to 5th in the #24 Gas Monkey Energy Chevy car.
Karam, the youngest driver in the 33-driver field at age 21, made a consistent run through the field early in the race including running 15th by lap 23 and leading lap 31. A fast pit stop by the DRR – Kingdom Racing crew helped Karam advance to 13th by lap 35 and the Nazareth, Pa., former high school wrestling star raced wheel-to-wheel with the likes of former Indy 500 winner Scott Dixon, Will Power, Marco Andretti and last year's 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya.
By lap 80, Karam charged into the top ten and then began making impressive passes over Dixon for ninth, Tony Kanaan for eighth, Helio Castroneves for seventh, and Carlos Munoz for sixth on lap 91. Karam made a pass on Bell on lap 92 before an incident occurred in turn one that put him into the wall and out of the 100th Indy 500.
"I'm more upset than hurt," said Karam. "I banged up my right knee a little. But we had a terrific car today. It was so fast. I could drive past everyone I came up to. I appreciated all the support and working with Kingdom Racing throughout the month. We had a fast car and maybe a chance to win the race."
Kingdom Racing's Founder, George Del Canto said, "Overall, it was a fantastic month working with Sage and the DRR team. We saw the power of the Holy Spirit shared with thousands at the Racing Capitol of the World." Karam will now move into the IMSA road racing series later in the year and Kingdom Racing will continue to Deliver God's Word through Motorsports at race tracks across the United States this season. About Kingdom Racing: Kingdom Racing is a 501(c)(3) non-denominational Christian race team and ministry with a unique mission: to Deliver God's Word through Motorsports. We do this by combining IndyCar races and other motor sports along with our outreach ministry programs that minister to race fans and church nominated families. In 2008, Kingdom Racing made history as the first faith-vision team to ever compete in the Indianapolis 500 mile race. To date, we have three full seasons of IndyCar and nine years of race performance with IndyCar drivers Davey Hamilton, Simon Pagenaud, Sage Karam, Townsend Bell and Martin Plowman. Together, we have run nine consecutive Indy 500 mile races.