KARAM EXTENDS USF2000 POINTS LEAD WITH DOMINATING PERFORMANCE AT IOWA SPEEDWAY
NEWTON, IA (June 19, 2010) Polesitter Sage Karam of Nazareth, PA led all 50 laps and posted a 7.364-second victory over Raphael Abbate of Sao Paulo, Brazil Saturday in Round 4 of the USF2000 National Championship on Iowa Speedway's 0.875-mile trioval. Powered by VP110 race fuel, the Andretti Autosport driver posted his third victory of the year, extending his lead in the Championship class's point standings.
While Karam had no problems at all, the other two class podium finishers had more exciting stories to tell when they got back to the transporter of their team, JDC MotorSports. Abbate, who drives a car sponsored by Avery Dennison and Alphacolor, started fourth but dropped back to seventh when he had to take evasive action after front-row starter Patrick McKenna and the driver who started third, Zach Veach, made contact between Turns 1 and 2 at the start. The nose and front wings of Veach's Van Diemen flew off and landed on the track after the melee, causing the event's only full-course caution from laps one through three for debris.
Karam won the pole Saturday morning with an automatic two-lap track record of 48.080 seconds for an average speed of 131.032 miles per hour. He then set the fastest lap of the race on lap 49 with a time of 23.881 seconds, and the only driver he didn't lap was Abbate. "My car was just hooked up today,” Karam said. “There was no understeer or oversteer; it was like driving on rails. Hopefully we can keep this momentum up going into New Jersey next weekend
This race was the series' first at Iowa Speedway. The series travels to another new venue, New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, N.J., next weekend for a doubleheader.