Matthew Brabham is 20. He was born in Boca Raton, Florida, and is currently racing for Andretti Autosport in Indy Lights
Who is he?
How good is he?
Will we see him in F1?
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Matthew is the grandson of Sir Jack Brabham and the son of Geoff Brabham, who won the 1993 Le Mans 24 Hours and settled in the USA while racing in the IMSA sportscar championship before returning to Australia. Matthew started karting aged seven and graduated to Formula Ford aged 16. Like his cousin, Sam (son of David Brabham and nephew of Mike Thackwell), he enjoys the support of the British Racing Drivers Club as one of their nominated Rising Stars.
What’s he been doing recently?
He’s been carving an impressive career in single-seaters in the USA. He won the US Formula Ford 2000 Championship in 2012 and the Pro Mazda Championship in 2013, and was named Rookie of the Year in both series. He’s currently racing in Indy Lights, the senior IndyCar feeder series. He won FF2000 decisively enough to be granted a $350,000 scholarship under the ‘Road to Indy’ programme. And he was dominant in Pro Mazda last year, winning 13 of 16 rounds and missing the podium just once. He’s an Indy Lights winner, and was beaten into second place by just 0.005secs in a round at Indianapolis Motor Speedway the Saturday after Sir Jack’s death. His win at the Brickyard in early May makes him the only Brabham to have claimed victory at that circuit. Not immediately – he’s very focused on reaching IndyCar. But he’s proved he’s got the skills to win on road courses as well as ovals, and several drivers have made the switch over to Formula 1 in the past.