PIRTEK Team Murray’s driver is Matt Brabham – who will become just the third third generation driver to be part of the Indianapolis 500 in its rich 100-year history.
Matt is the Grandson of global racing icon and motorsport innovator, three-time World Formula One Champion, Sir Jack. His father Geoff has competed in 10 Indianapolis 500s with a best result of fourth. Immensely talented and successful, Matt has shown the ability to forge his own wheel tracks and carry on the peerless Brabham name.
His decision to become a professional racing car driver was born around the dinner table, listening to stories from his Grandfather, father Geoff and Uncles Gary and David. Geoff and David both won the classic Le Mans 24 hour race.
Matt was born in Florida, USA in 1994, but grew up in Australia and holds dual citizenship in both countries. He started Karting when he was 7 years old in Australia for fun, but quickly started to win races.
After a stint in Formula Ford in Australia post-karting, Matt headed for the USA in 2012 and won the USF2000 Mazda Road to Indy Championship in his rookie year. Moving up to the next rung of the Mazda Road to Indy in 2013, and driving for Andretti Autosport, he smashed all records for most wins (13), most poles and laps led, to convincingly win his second championship in a row.
In 2014, Matt moved up to Indy Lights and scored a win at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course, and went on to finish fourth in the Championship. Later that year, he would become the youngest driver in the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship, making two event starts. 2015 saw Matt partake in a number of drives from Indy Lights, to asphalt Late Model stockcars, Stadium Super Trucks and he tested a Verizon IndyCar Series machine on numerous occasions.
Matt’s dream is to win the Indianapolis 500 and to become a Formula One World Champion. He is well on his way and is prepared to sacrifice everything to achieve his goals.
|Date of birth:||25th February 1994|
|Place of birth:||Boca Raton, Florida, USA|
|Lives:||Indianapolis, Indiana USA; Gold Coast, Australia|
|Family:||Parents: Geoff and Roseina|
|School:||TSS – The Southport School|
|Hobbies:||Fitness, surfing, basketball, skiing|
|Helmet colours:||Black, blue and orange|
|Racing hero:||Valentino Rossi|
|Ultimate ambition:||Formula 1 World Champion and Indy 500 winner|