Chasing a dream sometimes requires a trade-off or two. For Sage Karam, racing in the Indianapolis 500 means exchanging his remaining time as a high school senior for the limelight of open-wheel racing, but it’s a trade he’ll gladly make.
Instead of going to prom, Karam traded in his three-piece suit and corsage for a firesuit and helmet and qualified to compete in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”
But Karam didn’t completely miss out on prom.
Although not conventional, a midday prom in Garage B2 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway came as an exciting surprise for the Dreyer & Reinbold – Kingdom Racing driver. He celebrated the pomp and circumstance of his impending high school commencement with the No. 22 car crew.
“I missed my senior prom last Friday to qualify for the Indy 500, so this was awesome,” said Karam. “I got to dance. I took pictures. And I got to see my girlfriend (Anna de Ferran) so I couldn’t ask for a better prom.”
While Karam was away for a
sponsor visit, the team went to work covering the garage top-to-bottom with luau decorations. Cupcakes with blue icing, cookies, punch and 500 Festival Queen Lauren Isaacs anticipated his arrival. And shortly after 3 p.m., the 19-year-old was crowned King of the 2014 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Prom amongst men in racing crew shirts and stacks of Firestone tires.
He also got to dance to a John Legend song with de Ferran, just as he had hoped to at his Nazareth (Pa.) Area High School senior prom.
Sunoco to be title sponsor of Indy 500 rookie award
Sunoco, the Official Fuel Partner of the Verizon IndyCar Series since 2010, will be the title sponsor of the Sunoco Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year Award.
In its 63rd year, the award has been presented to drivers such as Parnelli Jones, Mario Andretti, Rick Mears, Tony Stewart, Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart and Arie Luyendyk. There are seven first-year Indy 500 competitors in the 33-driver field for the May 25 race.
The Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award recipient will be announced May 26 during the Indianapolis 500 Victory Awards Celebration.
Special about Busch's double to air on NBC, NBCSN
NBC will air “Kurt Busch: 36,” a look at the preparations and logistics surrounding the driver attempting the May 25 double of competing in the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600.
The 30-minute special airs at 4:30 p.m. (ET) June 8. NBCSN will telecast a 60-minute “director’s cut” at 11 p.m. (ET) June 9.
Fans welcome to stay for Firestone 600 post-race concert
A concert featuring "Texas Red Dirt" musical acts Cody Canada and The Departed and Johnny Cooper will follow the Firestone 600 on June 7 at Texas Motor Speedway.
The concert is free, but to gain access fans must have a ticket to the Firestone 600. Individual concert tickets also will be sold for $10 and will be available at Gate 4 once the Firestone 600 race has concluded. Fans also will have the opportunity post-race to tour the Verizon IndyCar Series garage before the concert.