Fresh from his outstanding Verizon IndyCar Series debut in the Angie’s List Grand Prix and the 100th Indy 500 last month, Matt Brabham and his management continue to explore options on his future with a growing list of major stakeholders.
The on and off-track performance from the rookie last month was nothing short of impressive and created a quiet buzz around the paddock, especially among several old school critics.
KV Racing Technology have offered to keep Brabham’s IndyCar seat permanently in its truck in case a ride opens up, but in the meantime, the 22-year-old just wants to be racing.
Brabham will be back behind the wheel this weekend at the Kohler Grand Prix when he pilots a two-seater IndyCar in the lead-up to the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Road America in Wisconsin.
This past weekend, Matt took a class victory in an older Indy Lights car in a 90-minute two driver race with Lee Brahin at the SVRA Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational. Also drinking milk was his father, Geoff, who made a victorious return to racing after 15 years, driving a Brabham BT35.
Brabham’s two wins in the Stadium Super Truck events on Belle Isle in Detroit three weeks ago added victories to other categories where he has been a regular competitor throughout his career – karting, Formula Ford, USF2000, Pro Mazda, Indy Lights and Trucks.
He set new records in the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system for pole positions and wins per season, his overall career record showing 18 wins from his 47 starts.
Brabham is hoping to secure a full-time Verizon IndyCar Series ride for the 2017 season and is already back in the gym with Jim Leo at PitFit Training in Indianapolis on a daily basis.
“KV Racing have been kind enough to make some space in their truck for my seat and I am ready to go if anything eventuates,” said Brabham.
“I just have to make sure I am on the ground and put myself in a position where I can continue to educate myself on every aspect of the business.
“It is nice that people are keen to sit down and discuss the future with us and I am sure that would not be the case if we had not created something positive in the month of May.
“There are just so many elements that need to come together, but hard work is not something that myself, “Crusher” or our team have ever been scared of. I think we proved that last month, but that is just the start.
“We have just got to be patient, respectful and don’t lose focus on our end goal, which is a long-term and successful IndyCar career.”
PIRTEK Team Murray owner, Brett “Crusher” Murray, was in Detroit for meetings on Brabham’s future and has been in the UK this week for further talks.
“The whole concept of PIRTEK Team Murray was to provide a platform where Matt Brabham could show his skills on the world’s biggest stage,” said Murray.
“He did exactly that both on and off the track and now we have to ensure that the investment from all the stakeholders realizes its maximum potential.
“That is achieved by cementing Matt’s future in the sport through a full-time professional relationship with a quality manufacturer or team that has long-term vision and opportunity.
“Matt’s faultless performance during the month of May has created the opportunity to open discussions with several parties and we look forward to continuing those in coming weeks as we evaluate what is available.
“I could not have been happier with Matt’s efforts during the last six months and can confidently say that he is one of the best talents I have had the pleasure of working with in 30 years in the business.
“PIRTEK Team Murray has achieved the first part of its objective and we will worry about what the future holds for PTM once we have Matt on his way.”