BOCA RATON, Fla. - Florida born third generation racer Matthew Brabham has made a big impact in the opening four rounds of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda. His results so far have included a win, three 2nd place finishes, four fastest laps and new race lap records at both Sebring and St. Petersburg. Brabham currently stands second in the championship only two points behind Spencer Pigot, his experienced Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing teammate.
Brabham has adapted quickly to a new team, the Van Dieman Elan USF2000 chassis with wings and slicks, new circuits and rolling starts. The task has been accelerated dramatically by Dominic and Nicholas Cape who have a long history of mentoring young drivers. Brabham felt right at home with Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing team from the first test. As the season progresses he is confident that the more he understands the car and the more the team understands his driving style they will only get stronger during the rest of the year.
"I am extremely pleased about how things have gone so far this year. To come out and win the first race was fantastic, and to be right up front consistently fighting for the win is awesome. It was a little surprising to be so competitive straight out of the box in the USF2000 series as I have never raced with wings and slicks before. My goal all along was to come out and win the championship and after these first two rounds I feel it is definitely achievable," Brabham commented after the St. Petersburg presented by Allied Building Products race weekend.
"There are some areas that I do need to improve, and they are my starts and restarts. I have been used to standing starts my entire career so it is a big learning curve at the moment. But it is something I need to sort out quickly as I have lost a couple of race wins and a lot of points because of it."
Next up is the oval race at the famed Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, and Brabham is looking forward to racing for the first time on an oval track. He will be drawing on the experience of Dominic and Nicholas whose team won the event last year with Petri Suvanto, and also his father Geoff who raced a Super Vee at the Lucas Oil Raceway and went on to a long IndyCar career.
"I cannot wait to start racing on the ovals which is going to be an all new aspect of racing for me, and I am really looking forward to the rest of the year and fighting for more race wins," added Brabham.
Matthew was born in Boca Raton, Florida USA and drives the #83 for Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing. Support comes from The DTE Group, Australia Wide Personnel, Aviation Components, Santa Cruz Reality and Arai helmets. Matthew would also like to acknowledge the assistance received from Peter Harburg, Mike Robertson and Glenn Sedgwick.
Brabham started racing Karts in Australia when he was seven years old, and won four state karting championships. He progressed to Formula Ford and won the Winton round of the Australian National Championship in 2011.
More information about Matthew can be found on his website www.matthewbrabham.com.