WEST ALLIS, WI (JUNE 19, 2011) Sage Karam, driving the #88 Mazda fueled by VP100, led 93 of 98 laps around the Milwaukee Mile to score his first victory of the season in Round 4 of the 2011 Star Mazda Championship. Karam’s best finish before yesterday’s performance was at Round 3 on May 28 th where he took 3 rd place at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Karam, who was titled the USF2000 champion last year, has been moved up to compete in this year’s Star Mazda Championship with the help of a scholarship from the Mazda Road to Indy. The talented young driver has been proving himself on the track, starting this race from the inside of the second row and taking the lead on Lap 5 and stretching it to a 13 second margin of victory over Martin Scuncio. Karam also turned the fastest lap of the race in the process with a time of 27.763 (131.614 mph).

Early morning rainstorms pushed this 100-lap Star Mazda event to run prior to the featured IZOD IndyCar Series Milwaukee Mile 225. Fans got a little post-race show and drivers agreed that the track was well “rubbered-in” from the 225 laps of IndyCar action.

The biggest highlight of the evening occurred on Lap 14 with a crash involving Jérimy Daniel in his #26 Mazda. The yellow flag lasted eight laps and the field returned to a green flag on lap 22. The re-start provided Nick Andries with his one and only opportunity to re-gain the lead and he dove under Karam in Turn 1.

Karam and Andries ran side-by-side as they entered Turn 2, but Andries was no match for Karam in his #88 Mazda, who proved to be the quicker car and re-took the lead.

The final pass of consequence took place on lap 81 when Gustavo Menezes in his #28 Mazda took a run at Andries, a move that cost them both as Scuncio, who started 7th, made a perfectly-judged pass to move into second.

Menezes wound up coming home 5th, while French racer Tristan Vautier, who came into the race leading the championship, finished 4th in his #5 Mazda. Connor De Phillippi, the only two-race winner so far this season, started from the outside of the front row, but handling problems saw him slowly drift back through the field to finish 6th.

Sage Karam climbs to fifth in the overall points standings with 131 total points. For more information on the Star Mazda Championship please visit