Sage Karam has signed a multi-year driver development deal with Chip Ganassi Racing; an arrangement that will begin with the reigning Indy Lights champion entering this year's Indianapolis 500.
The 19-year-old's Indy entry will be run as a collaboration between Ganassi and Dreyer & Reinbold Kingdom Racing, and will carry the number 22.
Karam has already made two United SportsCar starts with Ganassi this year, including teaming-up with Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan to finish sixth at Sebring.
"I couldn't be happier to join Chip Ganassi Racing's IndyCar Series program," said Karam. "It is honestly a dream come true for me and my racing career.
"I've been very fortunate to participate in a few IMSA races for Chip with the team, and I can't wait for my first experience in the Indianapolis 500.
"Chip has created a fantastic organisation that judges success by just one thing - winning, both races and championships. This is a very big day for me."
He joins Kyle Larson (NASCAR Sprint Cup) and Dylan Kwasniewski (NASCAR Nationwide) in the team's driver development line-up, and team owner Chip Ganassi said that he is excited about Karam's potential.
"Sage is a unique talent that we believe is a future star of the sport," he said.
"Even at a young age, he has been successful at every level that he has raced at.
"It is nice to see his poise and tenacity on the racetrack as I think that will translate well to his driving at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 500."
Subscribe to Autosport Plus
Register for free