Braselton, GA - OSO*Fresh driver Sage Karam captured the Petit LeMans Skip Barber National Championship, at Road Atlanta. The 14 year-old qualified in 4th place for the feature event and after contact, fell to the 6th position. With six laps to go, Karam carved his way to the front and set himself up for a last lap dual for the exciting victory.
With the impressive victory, Karam, a rookie, finds himself an amazing 3rd in the National standings. "I would like to thank my manager, Mr. Michael Fux, for permitting this tremendous opportunity to happen and allowing me to focus on my racing. I've learned a lot in the Skip Barber series and am looking for continued success," the excited and youngest MAZDASPEED Developmental driver stated. "We are all thankful for the support and direction that Michael has offered me".
Karam is also the youngest Skip Barber Scholarship Shootout Champion and has progressed at a steady rate throughout the season. "I am very proud of Sage's performance and stand behind making sure he reaches his potential", remarked Michael Fux. "Sage is a tremendous talent and I am very excited for him and his future", he added.
The unprecedented 31-time National Karting Champion credits his driving coach, Mr. Bob Ziegel, of Skip Barber, for the technical and mental preparation. "Bob has worked hard with me on helping to find my competition zone. Bob keeps the perfect balance for me mentally, on the race weekends", said Sage. "I've done everything I've been instructed to do, and it's finally paying off for me," he added. "My parents have always surrounded me with the right people, to help me succeed".
Zielgel's pride and excitement, in his protege's victory, were evident in his comments after the race, "He's been driving well all year, and this one paid off for him. He drove a masterful race and was where he needed to be when he needed to be there. I am proud of his performance. He's got the talent and the sky is the limit. He just needs to get the experience".
"Winning in front of all of these fans was an amazing experience. I will never forget the cool-down lap and all the fans waving at me", replied Sage. I'd also like to thank my Skip Barber mechanics for keeping my car in top shape.
Sage will next compete in less than two weeks for the season-finale at Lime Rock Park. "I want to finish strong at Lime Rock. I can't believe the season is almost over." Check www.sagekaram.com in the future for the exciting upcoming 2010 schedule announcement.