The award is given to a driver who has shown the promise of being a superstar in the making. Its namesake belongs to John Blewett lll, a successful modified racing driver who died following a racing accident in 2007. "I am honored that a respected organization like EMPA has recognized the success of my past season," Karam said. "I hope the Young Gun Award nomination draws more attention to open-wheel racing, INDYCAR and Andretti Autosport. It's an exciting time to be involved in INDYCAR and the ladder system."
The award will be presented during the EMPA's convention Jan. 9-11, 2011 in Valley Forge, Pa. Past winners of the award include Lucas Wolfe, Bob Santos lll, Cody Darrah and Ryan Truex.
"For Sage to be nominated for this award is quite an honor and he is very deserving," said J-F Thormann, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Andretti Autosport. "We're very proud of what he accomplished in his first year with us and we can't wait to see what is capable of doing in 2011 and beyond."
Karam, a 15-year old native of Nazareth, Pa., won the 2010 USF2000 driver championship with Andretti Autosport, scoring nine victories in 12 starts during the season. He also helped Andretti Autosport clinch the USF2000 team title, its first championship since re-branding in 2009. He will move to the Star Mazda presented by Goodyear in 2011 with Andretti Autosport.