TORONTO, Ontario — Matt Brabham proved during the 2014 Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires season he could get the job done behind the wheel, winning the Grand Prix of Indianapolis. However, he was unable to make the jump from the Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires to the NTT IndyCar Series.
That doesn’t mean he is not keeping busy, as he was up to a lot of different things this past weekend as part of the Honda Indy Toronto.
“I’m pretty busy,” he told POPULAR OPEN WHEEL. “I was doing the two-seater IndyCar, driver coaching Cape Motorsports in the USF2000 series, and then obviously racing super trucks. So it was a good weekend for me. I made pretty decent money.”
It was during that Indy Lights season he was introduced to the Stadium Super Trucks, watching one of their races on the streets of Toronto. He went over to series promoter Robby Gordon and asked how he could get behind the wheel, and made his debut the same weekend. He came back to Toronto a couple years later, out-battling Sheldon Creed for the victory.
“It’s so great to be back,” he commented. “I think every seat in the grandstands was full and as soon as our race ended, they were all empty as they were down looking at our trucks. Toronto puts such good racing on for all of us, and creates some great battles – like 2016 with Sheldon and I finishing side-by-side at the start-finish line. So obviously, the fans are glad that we are back. I’m having a good time, and enjoying it.”
The street circuit once again was successful for Brabham, as he scored the overall victory for the weekend after setting the quick time in qualifying and scoring a pair of runner-ups.
“That’s what we come here to do for the weekend,” he said. “That’s the goal – to get the overall win. You get the most championship points and the prize money, and that’s the big goal. So obviously I started last in both races and the last race, I was right there and almost got the win but it wasn’t meant to be. Gavin (Harlein) just did a good job.”
The opportunity to coach Cape Motorsports’ young drivers has also treated Brabham well, with Darren Keane scoring his first career Cooper Tires USF2000 victory in Toronto this past weekend.
“I’ve gotten to help out those guys for a few years, and obviously I won the championship with them a few years ago,” he commented. “It’s really cool to help with young kids and teach them the few little things that I know. I don’t know everything as I’m still learning, but at least I can help the other guys who are involved and make sure they are doing the right things.”
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