By Josh Farmer, Journalist
Matthew Brabham is set to make his Verizon IndyCar Series debut at the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis and will attempt to qualify for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.
The 2012 USF2000 and 2013 Pro Mazda Champion will race for Australia based Team Murray, owned by Brett “Crusher” Murray, an prominent figure in Australian motorsport. The team has also secured sponsorship with PIRTEK, an Australian fluid transfer solutions specialist.
The team will also partner with KV Racing Technology for assistance.
Murray is excited about the partnership. “I have had a dream of having my own car in the Indy 500 since before Matt was born and Matt has had a dream of being a starter in the 500 since he was old enough to get behind the wheel.”
“I have been extremely fortunate to have had PIRTEK as a client and be a part of the PIRTEK “family” for more than 15 years and I could not think of any better people to be standing in pit lane beside us at next year’s 100th Indy 500.”
In addition to his championships in the bottom rungs of the Mazda Road to Indy, Brabham also competed in the Indy Lights championship in 2014 and part of 2015 with Andretti Autosport, where he scored a win at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course.
If he is to qualify, he will become the third Brabham to race at the Brickyard, following father Geoff Brabham and the great Sir Jack Brabham.
“My mum and dad are over the moon with the position we are in and I am sure my Grandfather is looking down on us with a smile and can’t wait for May 29 to roll around. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity.”
The team will announce further racing plans during next week’s PRI show in Indianapolis.