PIRTEK Team Murray rookie, Matt Brabham will start the 100th Indianapolis 500 from the 27th position after Armed Forces Pole Day.
Following yesterday’s qualifying run where Brabham was 26th, the times were scrubbed and a single run against the clock was held for positions 10 through 33. He was the third fastest of the rookie drivers in this year’s Indianapolis 500.
His consistent four lap run delivered an average speed of 225.727mph (363.272kph). His first timed lap was 225.381mph, followed by a quicker 225.918mph, 225.742mph and rounding out with a strong 225.868mph.
“It is a wonderful feeling to say that I’ve been able to qualify for the race – it is one of those special moments in life,” said Brabham. We’re here and I’ve made it and I’m going to be racing in the Indianapolis 500. How cool is that?”
To make the 100th Indianapolis 500 is the culmination of 10 months’ work to bring together the PIRTEK Team Murray program and for team owner, Brett Murray the emotional realization of a lifelong dream to have a race car in the Indianapolis 500.
“PIRTEK and the Duncan family have been amazing partners and have really put their arms around the whole Dare to Dream program,” says Murray. “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.”
The Indianapolis based Brabham will become the third generation Brabham to start the Indianapolis 500 after his Grandfather, Sir Jack Brabham started four times, debuting in 1961 and his father Geoff made 10 starts, debuting in 1983. It will be the 15th time a Brabham has started the greatest race in the world.
The focus for the PIRTEK Team Murray crew now switches to developing the Indianapolis 500 race car, with more practice tomorrow. The Monday session will be the final time that cars are on track until Miller Lite Carb Day on Friday.
The Chris Kyle Frog Foundation has once again hosted in excess of 100 guests from military and first responder units in the PIRTEK Team Murray Hospitality unit. The visitors enjoyed garage tours and a visit from Matt and the CK Crew – who continue their training ahead of the Tag Heuer Pit Stop Challenge on Friday.