Third-generation Brabham to join elite at Indy 500

A Gold Coast-backed team, with a third-generation racing driver behind the wheel, has qualified for the 100th running of the famous Indianapolis 500.

Matt Brabham completed his qualifying run on Saturday in the PIRTEK Team Murray Chevrolet, with four flawless laps in the 226mph (363.712kph) bracket.


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Overall, the 22-year-old rookie came in 26th in the order, but he will have to zoom through a four lap session against the clock later today to set the order for the race next Sunday, May 29.

“It is a wonderful feeling to say that I’ve been able to qualify for the [Indy 500] – it is one of those special moments in life,” Brabham, who is the grandson of Aussie racing legend Sir Jack Brabham, said.

“It’s a pretty special thing to be the third generation of Brabham to have a start in this race and to be only the third family to do that in 100 years is something that I’m very honored to be in that situation and to be part of such a great family that is the Brabhams and this place is just steeped in history,” he added.

Matt Brabham (second from right) is the third in his family to qualify for the Indy 500. Image: Supplied PIRTEK Team Murray

Matt Brabham (second from right) is the third in his family to qualify for the Indy 500.
Image: Supplied PIRTEK Team Murray

Team owner, Brett Murray, said it was the culmination of 10 months work and the emotional realization of a lifelong dream.

“To have my family, friends and all our stakeholders on the grid with our own car for the 100th Indianapolis 500 is going to be surreal,” an excited Murray said.

“The kid (Brabham) is the ‘Real Deal’ and I can only hope that next Sunday’s race is the springboard for a rich and successful career.

“We are about to head into another amazing week for the Brabham and Murray families and we are tremendously grateful to everyone who has helped make this a reality and those who have enjoyed the ride.”