Karam announced that he would be adding more NASCAR races to the schedule for the 2021 season.
Sage Karam, the CEO of NASCAR announced on Friday that he has added more races to the 2021 schedule.
Sage Karam, courtesy of Getty Images, prepares for a race at Daytona International Speedway.
Sage Karam, an IndyCar driver, made his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut on Aug. 14 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a road course race. He’ll be back in the series for more laps now. Karam has added two Xfinity Series races to his 2021 calendar, as well as a Truck Series event.
On Sept. 17, the Pennsylvania native will compete for Jordan Anderson Racing and the No. 31 Chevrolet Camaro at Bristol Motor Speedway. This will be his first time racing in a NASCAR event on an oval circuit. On Oct. 9, Karam will participate in the Charlotte Roval, where he will use his road course expertise to strive for a good finish. Finally, Karam will drive the No. 3 Chevrolet Silverado in the Camping World Truck Series at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 30.
Karam qualified for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway race in the 18th place on Aug. 14. Before battling his way through the pack, he lined up next to Austin Dillon and behind Kevin Harvick. According to “TobyChristie,” he ran in the top 15 for 45.8% of the race until the No. 31 Chevrolet was sent to the garage due to a technical problem. In the end, Karam came in 26th place overall.
Karam described his Xfinity Series debut to NBC Sports as “totally unlike anything I’ve ever done.” “I was hoping that any vehicle I’d driven in the past might have matched up a little bit to this, but that’s not the case at all. Every lap has taught me something new. I’ve been like a big sponge, soaking up all I can. I wish I had had another practice session before qualifying.”
Karam had already marked Bristol as a possible second race.
GettySage Karam drives the No. 31 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during qualifying.
It won’t be easy to transition from the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course to one of NASCAR’s most recognized short tracks. Karam, on the other hand, selected Bristol Motor Speedway as the circuit where he wanted to put his abilities to the test.
Prior to his Xfinity Series debut, the eight-time Indy 500 starter told “TobyChristie” that he intended to compete at Bristol Motor Speedway. He added that the Tennessee track is comparable to road courses in that drivers must be aggressive with their brakes and “put a lot of wheel into it.”
Karam went on to say that he could definitely compete at a superspeedway, but that he would be at a disadvantage going into the race. He lacks the necessary expertise to know how to side-draft and make movements on the racetrack.
“The expectations won’t be high either,” Karam said of his desire to compete at Bristol to “TobyChristie.” “It’ll simply be a case of doing as many laps as you can, learning as much as you can, and bringing the vehicle home in the best possible condition.” I simply believe it would be a great learning opportunity for me in the future.”
The No. 31 Chevrolet will be piloted by another driver first.
GettyIn 2015, Josh Berry (right) piloted the No. 88 at Richmond.
Karam will return to JAR for the race at Bristol Motor Speedway, where he will try to learn all he can about short track racing. He’ll have to wait for another driver to complete with the No. 31 Chevrolet Camaro first.
Josh Berry, who will return to JR Motorsports full-time in 2022, will compete in the Go Bowling 250 at Richmond Raceway on Sept. 11. He’ll be making his fourth start for the squad, and he’ll be looking for his third top-10 result in the No. 31. Berry finished seventh for JAR on June 5 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and ninth on June 27 at Pocono Raceway.
Berry has only made one Xfinity Series start at Richmond. During the 2015 season, he drove for JR Motorsports and was assigned to the No. 88 Chevrolet. Berry began the race in fifth place overall and finished seventh, one spot behind teammate Regan Smith. Chase Elliott won the race after holding off Kyle Busch, who was also driving for JRM at the time.
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