Sage Karam has confirmed his drive with the new F Performance Racing team and the Lexus RC F GT3, to co-drive with Scott Pruett.
As Sportscar365 first revealed in December, Karam will reunite with his former Chip Ganassi Racing co-driver Pruett for the F Performance program, starting with the limited schedule later this year and ahead of a full-time effort in 2017.
The announcement comes on the same day when Lexus was confirmed as IMSA’s newest Official Automotive Partner.
“We have had our eye on Sage for some time,” said Paul Gentilozzi, Managing Partner of F Performance Racing. “His experience in IMSA events with Scott at Daytona and Sebring showed us great maturity.
“Our program is a building experience, and having Scott Pruett as a teammate/mentor is really a priceless commodity. I am sure Sage will fit in with our group and help us get a first victory for Lexus and F Performance Racing.
“When I was racing, it can be said I was not very concerned about making friends during competition—winning was our first priority. That said, I learned how to temper aggression with strategy on our way to championships, and that is something we hope to share with Sage.”
Karam added, “I’m really excited to be a part of the F Performance Team, it’s a great opportunity for me. I have worked alongside Scott Pruett for a few years so we have a good relationship and I’m really looking forward to driving alongside him. We like to work with each other and we push each other to each other’s limits.”
Testing continues throughout the year but no indication has come for a race debut.
“IMSA has given us a small window to bring the safety and performance of the car to a level commensurate with the competition in the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series,” said John Gentilozzi, F Performance Racing Technical director.