PIRTEK Team Murray’s Matt Brabham growing love for American Football continued as he was involved with the NFL Draft and the Indianapolis Colts at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway today.
Brabham was on hand to help with the nationally-televised National Football League (NFL) draft.
The 22-year-old Verizon IndyCar Series rookie joined four-time IndyCar champion and Indy 500 winner Scott Dixon to announce two of the Colts’ draft picks – Hassan Ridgeway from Texas and Florida’s Antonio Morrison.
They joined the Colts’ earlier round picks Ryan Kelly from Alabama, TJ Green from Celmson, Le’Raven Clark from Texas Tech and Joe Haeg from North Dakota.
The spectacle of the having the announcement made live on the yard of bricks at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was dampened with continual rain through the day.
“I knew nothing about American football when I first moved back to the US from Australia in 2012, but I have really grown to love it,” said Brabham.
“I have been to several Colts games and the more I know the more I am really starting to get into it.
“We had a fantasy football league with several of the drivers last year and I won it, so I must be learning something.
“It is great that we can combine two things as significant as the Colts and NFL Draft and the Indianapolis Speedway and the 100th Indy 500.
“It has been a blast just being asked to be included in these significant events and to meet so many interesting people.
“To get up close to the Colts’ 2006 Superbowl trophy (Vince Lombardi Trophy) was pretty cool. You don’t get to do that every day.”
Brabham heads into the simulator for a test in Charlotte on Monday and then returns to prepare for his IndyCar debut in the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 14.
On May 16, he moves into practice for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 before qualifying on May 21 and Pole Day on May 22.
Matt will add the Brabham name to that of Vukovich and Andretti as the only families to have started three generations in the 100 year history of the Indianapolis 500.
The Colts play the opening game of the 2016-17 season at home against the Detroit Lions on September 1 at Lucas Oils Stadium.