Brabham Ready for Second Half Push
 July 2, 2014| 
  • Team News

LONG POND, Pa - After a mid-season break which included an emotional trip back to Australia for his grandfather’s funeral, third-generation driver Matt Brabham is gearing up for a second-half championship push this weekend at the Pocono tri-oval.

Brabham currently sits fifth in the Indy Lights points race, 32 points behind championship leaders Gabby Chaves and Zach Veach. However, after a disappointing DNF earlier in the year at Barber Motorsports Park, Matt’s strong performances at Indianapolis during the month of May where he had a win, a second and a fourth, has closed the gap and put him right back into the championship chase.

This will be Matt’s first visit to the tricky tri-oval, however the Andretti team won the Indy Lights race there last year and his father Geoff has raced there many times, so he has lots of experience to draw from to get up to speed quickly.

“I’m just really excited for the weekend and getting back on track,” Matt said. “Once we get this weekend underway it’s going to be flat out for the rest of the season, so it’s really important that I get my head on straight and really start focusing. The team did really well at Pocono last year with Carlos (Munoz), and my goal is to do what he did and win! We’ll see how everything goes – obviously I’ve never been there before, so I’m going to be learning the track and acclimatizing myself. Plus, we’ve had such a long break since the race at Indy, it’s going to take a bit getting used to driving the car again. It should be a good weekend, and I’ll certainly be making a big push for the championship.”

Practice will get under way on Friday, and qualifying and the 40-lap (100-mile) race will both be held on Saturday.

NBC Sports Network will air the race at 4:00pm EDT Sunday after the IndyCar race, and live timing and scoring will be available via the series and indycar.com websites.

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