TORONTO, Ontario — While racing in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires in 2014, Matt Brabham was able to witness the SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks in action for the first time. After watching them, he walked over and told Robby Gordon that he wanted to get involved, because they looked “so much fun to drive.”
That same weekend at the Honda Indy Toronto, he made his series debut in the second race of the weekend.
“Luckily, I got to race that first race in Toronto because Paul Tracy had a TV commitment,” he told POPULAR SPEED. “So I took his seat and been in here ever since.”
Brabham has been fast since the beginning, placing fourth in his series debut on the streets of Toronto. The success has only continued there, with three more top-fives to follow in the streets of Toronto across in the five races run since, including a victory in 2016.
The 2016 weekend saw Brabham go back and forth with Sheldon Creed in both events, with each taking a victory. The series was then removed from the Toronto schedule, with this season marking their return.
“It’s fantastic,” Brabham said. “It’s a really awesome track. it’s really a handful without jumps. So when you throw jumps and the super trucks on track, it’s just wild and crazy. We have so much fun coming here. The atmosphere and the crowd is one of the best at all the races that we go to, so it’s really cool to be back.”
Brabham showed he had not lost his touch either, laying down the quickest lap in time trials – only to start last in Saturday’s race.
“That’s how the series works – if you qualify first, you start last,” he explained. “So I’ll be starting dead last tomorrow. We’ll get through the field and by the time we get to the end of the race, I’ll be up front fighting for the win for sure. it just creates better racing by starting the faster guys at the back. You just have to be smart, stay out of trouble, and be there at the end.”
Brabham was following his own advice well in the event, making his way up into the third position before the halfway mark. He then got by series owner Robby Gordon after a back-and-forth battle for second, with the race being cut short at the Lap 5 of 8 due to rain and lightening in the area.
Now set to start seventh for the second event of the weekend on Sunday, he will hope to make his way to victory lane.
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