Brabham Enthused By First Indycar Foray
Verizon IndyCar Series rookie, Matt Brabham has ended a challenging opening day feeling confident of what lies ahead for the remainder of the Angie’s List Grand of Indianapolis this weekend.
The first session ended early with an issue to the left rear of the No. 61 PIRTEK Team Murray Chevrolet which saw the wheel come adrift. The team worked overtime to get the car back for the second session, which was held under threatening skies.
The team was working on building a setup into the car, however Brabham’s second session was compromised by brake issues. The team cycled him through a number of braking changes to ensure his comfortability and optimal braking efficiency for the rest of the weekend. Late in the session, the team made a front wing adjustment and bolted a new set of Firestone Tires to the car and sent him out for a lap.
Despite the lack of running in a Verizon IndyCar Series race car, Brabham got within 0.9s of the fastest driver on track and then ended the session just 1.1 off the pace.
The team feels that with the feedback from Brabham tonight and more green flag running tomorrow, that it can improve markedly.
“It was one of those days where we were working through a lot of things on a brand new car and finding the refining points. The guys have done a good job of bringing everything together and pushing it on.
“I’m getting more comfortable with every lap. I would consider it has been a good day, but it could have been better. In reality, we aren’t that far off. It is hard for new guys to jump in and be on the pace - I’m not complaining - to think I’m just over a second away when the guys I’m up against are so experienced shows great room for improvement. I still want to be up there and fighting and expect there’s a bit more to come tomorrow.”