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Sage Karam Adds Smartstop Sponsorship, Will Drive Toronto for Carlin

Sage Karam has a ride in the NTT IndyCar Series at Honda Indy Toronto, driving the No. 31 for Carlin  with sponsorship from Smartstop Self Storage.

The company comes aboard Karam’s car at Toronto, Carlin announced Tuesday, July 2.

“I want to thank everyone at Carlin for giving me the opportunity to compete in an Indy car again in the NTT IndyCar series,” Karam said in a team release. “I’m extremely excited and grateful to get back behind the wheel on a road course again for the first time since 2015 and I’m thrilled to carry a great sponsor like Smartstop Self Storage on the side of the No. 31 Carlin Chevrolet. I’m looking forward to the challenge and working closely with everyone on the team to achieve a successful result and take advantage of this incredible opportunity.”

Added Trevor Carlin, team owner: “We are extremely excited to partner with SmartStop Self Storage and to be a part of their debut into the NTT IndyCar Series. The Honda Indy Toronto is such a great event and will be the perfect introduction for them into the series. We’ve obviously been following Sage’s career closely since he won the Indy Lights Championship in 2013 and he’s done a really great job. I think he’ll be a great addition to the team and a good teammate for Max this weekend.”

Karam will make his second IndyCar start in 2019, following a 19th-place finish for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing at the Indianapolis 500. It will also be his first IndyCar start not at Indianapolis Motor Speedway since 2015, when he drove multiple races for Chip Ganassi Racing in the series.

Patricio O’Ward has primarily driven the No. 31 in 2019, with a best finish of eighth. Max Chilton will be Karam’s teammate in the event.

IndyCar will visit Toronto on July 14, with race coverage beginning at 3 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.

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Tom B

I hope he doesn’t crash out.


He will


I hope Sage has a very successful run at Toronto.

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