Indianapolis 500 rookie Matt Brabham is all set for his very first Verizon IndyCar Series race this weekend as the 22 year old American takes to field for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Brabham, driving the No.61 PIRTEK Team Murray Chevrolet qualified for the race from 27th place after running a lap average speed of 225.272mph just behind Graham Rahal.
Speaking following his qualifying run Brabham commented by saying:
It was pretty solid out there today, it was nice to lay down another four clean laps. The weather was quite different to yesterday. It was a lot hotter and a bit more windy out there. The laps were good, the car felt great and there were no big moments, so it was all really well-controlled. The focus now switches to getting the race car ready. We’ve got a lot of things to sort out to get the car good for dicing with everyone else in traffic. The PIRTEK Team Murray crew are on it and will be busy over the next few days getting ready for the race.
Brabham is the third generation of his family to compete at the Indy 500, his father Geoff competed in the Indianapolis 500 from 1981 – 1994 (although he was entered in the 94 race he failed to qualify and withdrew from the 1989 race). Brabham’s best result at the Indy 500 was a fourth place finish in 1983 with VDS using a chassis from Penske.
Matt’s grandfather Jack Brabham competed in four Indianapolis 500’s in 1961, 64, 69 and 71 with his best result of tenth place coming in 1961.
Speaking following the final practice session ahead of Carb Day on Friday, Brabham commented by saying:
Today was good out there in the traffic, the car felt really solid. The more experience I get running with people, the better I am going to get. The PIRTEK Team Murray crew had a good solid session working on the race setup getting ready for race day. I felt quite good in the pack, but it’s never perfect. You have to keep working hard at it so when you go out for the race you’re as best prepared as possible, knowing that you’ve worked hard to get to the point you’re at.