Mathew Brabham’s Road to Indy Continues with Andretti Autosport

 

Matthew Brabham

Third-generation racer Matthew Brabham, aka Matty Brabs, has had a roller-coaster ride in his open-wheel racing career. The grandson of Sir Jack Brabham, son of Geoff Brabham, Matthew was born in Florida but moved to Australia when he was young. That’s where the two family racers who preceded him were born and it was time for Geoff Brabham to return home after his own successful American career, particularly with IMSA sports cars, where he earned four straight GTP titles (1988-1991).

The 27-year-old Matthew Brabham, who will have his 28th birthday March 20th, started successfully in karts as he earned a variety of titles. He moved to the American Road to Indy ladder series in 2012 and won his first title in the United States in the USF2000 series, which allowed him to move up to what was then the Indy Pro 2000 (formerly Star Mazda) with Andretti Autosport. He was so successful that he secured the title in 2013 which took the driver to Indy Lights, where he struggled a bit, having moved up three rungs of the Road to Indy ladder in three successive seasons. He finished fourth in 2014 but was financially unable to continue in 2015.

Matthew Brabham

In 2016, Brabham was able to secure a trip to Indianapolis for the 100th Indianapolis 500, driving the  Chevrolet-powered No. 61 for Pirtek Team Murray. He qualified 26th and finished 22nd, in his first INDYCAR competition. That was all he wrote in INDYCAR, as Brabham moved to Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Trucks, securing that championship in 2018, 2019 and this past 2021 season.

It’s time, though, for Matty Brabs to go back so he can go forward, returning to Andretti Autosport for the 2022 Indy Lights championship. It’s a right and proper move for this veteran, who really didn’t get much of a chance to learn the cars, learn the tires (he was racing on Cooper Tires for the first time in 2014 after spending time in both previous series on Firestone rubber) and learn the competition. He’ll have a better time of it in 2022.

Brabham will drive the No. 83 Indy Lights machine for Andretti Autosport. Team chairman and CEO Michael Andretti said that the team is “really excited to have Matty back in our Indy Lights lineup. He’s always shown natural talent behind the wheel and was a great Road to Indy contender for us in the past,” Andretti said. “I’m really looking forward to seeing what our Indy Lights lineup accomplishes this year as all of their talents continue to grow.”

In addition to Brabham in the No. 83 Dallara, Andretti Autosport fields the No. 2 Dallara for Sting Ray Robb, who is in his second season with the team, Hunter McElrea in the No. 27 Dallara and Christian Rasmussen, driving the No. 28 Dallara.

“I’m extremely grateful to Michael, JF and everyone who is a part of Andretti Autosport,” Brabham said. “They have given me many great opportunities over the years, including this one. We have accomplished amazing results together. We have won a total of 14 races and a championship in the past. I’m absolutely ecstatic to be back racing full-time in a proper open-wheel car again, with a top team. I feel it’s where I’ve always belonged. I’m willing to give everything I have at this and more to follow my dream of getting back into the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.”

When Brabham was in the USF2000 championship in 2012, his four wins and 11 podium results helped him secure that championship. The $350,000 scholarship allowed him to secure the seat in the Indy Pro 2000 series, where his 13 wins, 10 pole positions and 15 podiums brought the American-Australian driver the 2013 title with two races left to run and the chance to compete in Indy Lights, where he earned a single victory, one pole position and 10 top-five results in 17 race starts.

About Anne Proffit 1266 Articles
Anne Proffit traces her love of racing - in particular drag racing - to her childhood days in Philadelphia, where Atco Dragway, Englishtown and Maple Grove Raceway were destinations just made for her. As a diversion, she was the first editor of IMSA’s Arrow newsletter, and now writes about and photographs sports cars, Indy cars, Formula 1, MotoGP, NASCAR, Formula Drift, Red Bull Global Rallycross - in addition to her first love of NHRA drag racing. A specialty is a particular admiration for the people that build and tune drag racing engines.

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