PIRTEK Team Murray rookie, Matt Brabham will start the 100th Indianapolis 500 from the 27th position after Armed Forces Pole Day.
Following yesterday’s qualifying run where Brabham was 26th, the times were scrubbed and a single run against the clock was held for positions 10 through 33. He was the third fastest of the rookie drivers in this year’s Indianapolis 500.
His consistent four lap run delivered an average speed of 225.727mph (363.272kph). His first timed lap was 225.381mph, followed by a quicker 225.918mph, 225.742mph and rounding out with a strong 225.868mph.
The focus for the PIRTEK Team Murray crew now switches to developing the Indianapolis 500 race car, with more practice tomorrow. The Monday session will be the final time that cars are on track until Miller Lite Carb Day on Friday.
Brabham will be involved in a series of media events throughout the week including a visit to Louisville, Kentucky on the Verizon IndyCar Series multi-city media tour.
The Chris Kyle Frog Foundation has once again hosted in excess of 100 guests from military and first responder units in the PIRTEK Team Murray Hospitality unit. The visitors enjoyed garage tours and a visit from Matt – and like many fans had a great surprise when visiting the pit garage, with Geoff Brabham’s 1985 Indy 500 car on display, which will be with the team through the remainder of the month.
MATT BRABHAM – DRIVER – #61 PIRTEK TEAM MURRAY CHEVROLET
“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 today.
“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.
“We’ve been busy again today away from the car with the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation guys in our hospitality area – it has been good to be with them and see the difference that we can make in the lives of those who serve and protect us.
“I want to give my congratulations to the Mayor of Hinchtown and Sam on his pole position, it is a great Indianapolis Motor Speedway story and I couldn’t be happier for them.
“It’s an honor to say that I’m in the race and going to start the Indy 500 next Sunday.”