There are close teammates, then there is Sage Karam and Santino Ferrucci.
Racing brought the two together as kids; they grew up driving at the same go-kart track in Cuddebackville, New York, and sometimes competed despite a three-year age gap. Karam made his IndyCar debut in 2014. Ferrucci joined him in 2018. This year, they’re teammates for the first time on Dreyer & Reinbold and drive identical Chevrolets. Their driving styles are so similar that if one experiments during practice and thinks it works, the other adopts the technique.
Tuesday, the duo took another step forward in their separate but linked careers with strong showings in early practice on opening day at the Indianapolis 500. Karam posted the third best time of any lap in the first session at 39.7530 seconds and Ferrucci was right behind him in sixth with 39.9357.
“I’ve known him for almost 20 years, so being teammates, knowing we drive the same, we do all the things the same, it’s just a pretty chill couple of weeks,” Ferrucci said. “We’re just excited to kick some (butt), dude. I mean, bottom line is we’re underdogs and we’re gonna show up and try to perform like top dogs.”
Read the full article by Wilson Moore of IndyStar here.