Indianapolis 500 regular Sage Karam will return to North American rallycross’s main development category later this month, racing for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing in Nitro Rallycross’s NRX NEXT division.
Karam first sampled rallycross during the 2019 Americas Rallycross season, competing in five ARX2 races behind the wheel of the same SuperCar Lites machine that is also being utilized by NRX’s new feeder series.
He claimed three second place finishes in succession at the season-opening Mid-Ohio double header and at Circuit of the Americas, before winning on the series’ return to Mid-Ohio later in the season. He rounded out the year with another second at the Lexington track.
“[I’m] pumped to be making my rally racing return with Dreyer & Reinbold in the Nitro Rallycross series,” Karam tweeted. “Should be fun, let’s get after it!”
— Sage Karam (@SageKaram) September 8, 2021
Karam will be joined in DRR’s NRX NEXT line-up by Lane Vacala and Simon Olafsson. Cabot Bigham will also race for the team in the premier Supercar class with support from leading European outfit EKS JC.
Vacala made his US rallycross debut in ARX2 mid-way through the 2019 season, taking a best result of fifth at Trois-Rivières. Olofsson meanwhile was fifth in this year’s RallyX Nordic SuperCar Lites category.
Elsewhere, the first of Olsbergs MSE’s two NRX NEXT drivers was also recently confirmed, with Martin Enlund driving for the squad that constructs the SuperCar Lites vehicle used in the category.
Enlund is no stranger to Lites, having recently finished fourth in the RallyX Nordic SuperCar Lites series. He also took ninth in last year’s two-part RX2 series.
The four newly-announced drivers join George Megennis as the first names to be confirmed for the new series, Megennis having already been confirmed as a driver for the Kevin Hansen-led YellowSquad team.