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Sage Karam To Race in Toronto

Jul 3 - 24-year-old American Sage Karm will drive for Carlin’
s No. 31 Chevrolet at the IndyCar Toronto race July 14.  He
has backing from self-storage company SmartStop Self
Storage, which is making its first foray into the series.  They
currently operates 131 self-storage facilities located
throughout Toronto, Canada and the United States.

Karam competed in the Indy 500 this year for Dreyer &
Reinbold Racing where he started 31st and finished 19th.

Karam won both the USF2000 and Indy Lights
championships.  He has recorded 17 starts in IndyCar since
2014, including a ninth-place finish in his first Indy 500 and
two top-five finishes, including a podium at Iowa Speedway.  

Karam hasn't race on the Toronto street circuit since 2013.
He hasn't raced on a road course since 2015.

Max Chilton will also be racing for Carlin in Canada.
Support races for the Honda Indy Toronto weekend include
USF2000, Indy Pro 2000, Indy Lights, Porsche GT3 Cup,
Nascar Canadian Series and Stadium Super trucks
Amateur Endurance Races at IMS

July 12 - The ChampCar Endurance Series will be racing
on the IMS road course this weekend in two 10-hour
races.

What is that you ask?  Their
Web Site says the series
"is for people like you that have always wanted to go
road racing without all the hassles, huge rule book, or
obscene expense. All you need is a valid drivers license,
some safety gear, and a race car" that you build yourself.
There are also some companies that will rent you a race
car.

Their rule book is actually pretty huge.  It is also not so
easy or cheap to race in this series.  You need a roll cage
and fire extinguishing systems.  You need to rip out
your interior and windows and install a racing seat.  You
need extra drivers and a pit crew and lots of other stuff.

They rate your car and assign you points.  You can only
have a certain number of points.  They have a calculator
on their Web Site.  They have 4 divisions based on
engine size, as well as a 5th that doesn't get to race for
prizes.

Looking at the results of past races, it seems the most
popular models are Mazdas and BMWs from the 1990s.

There must be a driver change every 1 to 2 hours.
You may watch the racing this weekend for free.  
You can sit along the viewing hill in Turn 2.
Or, you can watch it on champcar.live

Races will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both Saturday
and Sunday.
2017 1st Place Trophy
The Series Hands Out Cool Trophies!
Sage Karam
Pato O'Ward was originally going to be racing for Carlin at Toronto, however he is in Japan this weekend
racing in Super Formula, after having joined the Red Bull Junior League back in May.
Pato O'Ward
Team Mugen
Honda M-Tec HR-417E
July 14 Update: O'Ward started from last (20th)
in the Super Formula race at Fuji Speedway.  
He finished in 14th, one lap down.
Karam and Daly Racing In Iowa
IndyCar Race

July 16 - The Carlin IndyCar team has been running two
cars this year.  Originally in their driver line-up were
Pato
O'Ward
, Max Chilton and Charlie Kimball.  Chilton
was to run in every race and Kimball and O'Ward were
going to split races with their second car - with Kimball
set to drive at St. Pete, Texas, Pocono and Laguna Seca.  

All three drivers were going to race in the Indy 500,
however only Kimball was able to qualify and make it
into the big race; where he finished 25th.

Then O'Ward announced he was going racing in Japan
and Chilton announced he was not going to race on oval
track anymore.

They hired
Conor Daly to replace Chilton at the Texas
oval race.  (Conor's other 2019 IndyCar race was in the
Indy 500, driving for Andretti Motorsports where he
finished in 10th-place.)

Last week in Toronto, O'Ward was off racing in Japan, so
they replaced him with
Sage Karam.
This weekend's race on the Iowa oval, Karam and Daly
will both be driving for Carlin.  

So where is O'Ward this week?  He was supposed to race
in Iowa and there is no Japan race.

In fact, the Super Formula series O'Ward is now racing
in has only one conflicting date with IndyCar for the rest
of the year - on August 18th - when IndyCar races at
Pocono.  However, O'Ward was never planning on
racing at Pocono anyway.

After that weekend, there will be no more Super Formula
races until after the IndyCar series has ended.

O'Ward was supposed to race for Carlin at St. Louis and
Portland.  I'm wondering if he will, since he didn't show
up for Iowa this week.

Regardless, there are two more oval races on the IndyCar
calendar after Iowa which Carlin will need a replacement
for Chilton.  The performance of Daly and Karam this
weekend may deterimine who gets Chilton's seat for those
races.
Race

St Petersburg
COTA
Birmingham
Long Beach
IndyCar GP
Indy 500
Detroit #1
Detroit #2
Texas
Road America
Toronto
Track Type

Street
Road Course
Road Course
Street
Road Course
Oval
Street
Street
Oval
Road Course
Street
Chilton
Finishes
16
21
22
14
18
DNQ
17
15
-
16
14
O'Ward
Finishes
-
8
16
12
19
DNQ
14
11
-
17
-
Kimball
Finishes
17
-
-
-
-
25
-
-
21
-
-
Daly
Finishes
-
-
-
-
-
10*
-
-
11
-
-
Karam
Finishes
-
-
-
-
-
19*
-
-
-
-
21
* Driving for team other than Carlin
Carlin's 2019 IndyCar Record