INDIANAPOLIS (June 4, 2015) – Chip Ganassi Racing (CGRT) announced today that rookie driver Sage Karam will sport the colors of Lexar in Round 9 of the Verizon IndyCar Series this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.
As an extension of a long-standing partnership with CGRT, Lexar products continue to help CGRT enhance the way drivers and engineers gather data from the race cars. The team uses Lexar SD cards in on-board cameras that are mounted in the roll hoop of their Verizon IndyCar Series cars, as well as in cameras mounted above the pit stands to track pit stops by the crew. In addition, Lexar USB devices are used between the pit stand on pit lane and the engineering rooms on the transporters to transfer data.
The No. 8 Lexar Chevrolet will make its debut in the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday June 6 (8:00pm ET, NBCSN).
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Karam at Texas: The 2015 Firestone 600 will mark Karam's first career start at Texas Motor Speedway. The Verizon IndyCar Series rookie has only finished outside the top-10 once and only started outside the top-10 twice in his 14 career oval starts. Karam has an average starting position of 7.2 and an average finishing position of 7.0 on oval tracks.
Brad Anderson, Lexar Vice President of World Wide Sales: "We can't wait to see Sage jump behind the wheel and drive the No. 8 Lexar Chevrolet at the Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. While most kids his age are soaking up the summer sun, Sage will be schooling the twists and turns of the track – and we look forward to continuing to follow and support his young but already stellar career."
Steve Lauletta, President, Chip Ganassi Racing Teams: "Lexar and Chip Ganassi Racing Teams have enjoyed a great partnership over the years across the multiple racing platforms we offer. Their products even help us achieve our goals on track, providing a direct connection from the race car data to the engineers and drivers. It's a partnership that has made our team better and allowed us to better gather and interpret data from the cars. We look forward to the relationship continuing."
Sage Karam, Driver No. 8 Lexar Chevrolet: "I already knew about Lexar and the partnership with our team because I remember watching Dario drive a Lexar-branded car in Brazil and Baltimore a few years ago. It was such a popular paint scheme and I'm looking forward to carrying their colors this weekend for my first start at Texas Motor Speedway."
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About Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 25 years and is considered one of the most successful as well as innovative owners the sport has anywhere in the world. Today his teams include four cars in the Verizon IndyCar Series, two cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and one Prototype in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Overall his teams have 17 championships and over 160 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400, six Rolex 24 At Daytonas and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Ganassi boasts state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis and Brownsburg, Ind. and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh, Pa.