Young Brabham revving up ahead of maiden Indy500

Third-generation racing car driver, Matt Brabham, will spend hours behind the wheel of his Chevrolet in the lead up to his maiden Indy500.

The 22-year-old, who is the grandson of racing legend, Sir Jack Brabham, is gaining respect around the circuit after finishing 16th in his first race of the series on the weekend.

On Monday, Brabham passed the Rookie Orientation Program on the iconic 2.5 mile Indianapolis Speedway in his Gold Coast-backed PIRTEK Team Murray vehicle.


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He was required to go through three stages of his rookie test – circulating 10 laps between 205 and 210 miles per hour (330-337kph), 15 laps between 210 and 215 miles per hour (337-346kph) and then 15 laps over the 215mph (346kph) marker.

Matt Brabham is looking confident behind the wheel. Image: Supplied

Matt Brabham is looking confident behind the wheel. Image: Supplied

He passed every stage without trouble, recording a top speed in the final hour of practice of 222.578mph (358.205kph). His time was 22nd fastest of the 33 runners on track.

“It took me a while to build up to speed, I was slowly learning the lines and getting used to how to get around the Speedway. The focus for me today was becoming acclimatised to the car in Speedway trim,” Brabham said.

“With every lap, I’m learning – I’m still not completely comfortable just yet, I need to keep working through it this week and see how it goes.”

Practice for the 100th Indianapolis 500 continues through each day this week with qualifying to be held on Saturday and Armed Forces Pole Day on Sunday.