Brabham finalizes preparations for Indy 500 qualifying

Matt Brabham is ready for Indy 500 Qualifying

Matt Brabham is ready for Indy 500 Qualifying

Geoff Brabham makes the draw for Matt's qualifying run today with team owner Brett Murray and Indy legend Johnny Rutherford.

Geoff Brabham makes the draw for Matt’s qualifying run today with team owner Brett Murray and Indy legend Johnny Rutherford.

Matt Brabham has completed his final preparations for Indianapolis 500 qualifying – setting his quickest time of the week in excess of 229mph (368kph).

The PIRTEK Team Murray crew concentrated on qualifying runs during ‘Fast Friday’ which granted all competitors an additional 50 horsepower.

Brabham got through a sideways moment during one of his runs, however showed his maturity in being able to save the #61 PIRTEK Team Murray Chevrolet and continue on.

Saturday begins the qualifying process which sees Matt take on four laps against the clock.

His father, Geoff Brabham – a 10 time Indy 500 veteran – had the honor of drawing Matt’s qualifying position this evening and drew position 31 – whilst team owner, Brett Murray drew position 12 for the’ T-Car’

QUOTEBOARD – MATT BRABHAM – #61 PIRTEK TEAM MURRAY CHEVROLET
“We had some ups and downs throughout the day and some side to sides as well! We’re just chipping away and trying to keep it clean.

“I think we were being a bit conservative and we’re just working our way through it – everyone’s trimming out and trying for their big qualifying setups and we’ve got to do that too, but we’re just slowly dialling out the downforce.

“We’ve been working through the qualifying simulations with the PIRTEK Team Murray team – we had one big moment, but other than that it was all clean sailing. I’m pretty pleased with how its all going and we’ll see what we’ve got tomorrow.

“I’m feeling pretty clear and open-minded ahead of qualifying – we’ll see where everyone stacks up without all the fluff. Hopefully we’re further up on the grid and can have a good run at it.”


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