BRABHAM AND CK CREW IGNITE CARB DAY CROWD AT INDY Matt Brabham has completed final preparations for the 100th Indianapolis 500 this afternoon, whilst PIRTEK Team Murray’s rookie pit crew of military and first responders brought the crowd to its feet when it entered pitlane flying the American flag. Brabham got through the one hour…
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Bell Helmets – a career-long sponsor of PIRTEK Team Murray Indy 500 rookie, Matt Brabham – have joined the team’s entry into the Tag Heuer Pit Stop Challenge – the CK Crew. Bell Helmets will supply safety helmets to each of the seven members of the CK Crew for their training and entry into the…
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Matt Brabham completed his final practice before Miller Lite Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway today with the focus being on getting him into the heavy traffic packs that were the feature of an intense three and a half hours of practice.
The PIRTEK Team Murray rookie completed 96 laps of the circuit, however much of the late afternoon running saw him in packs of 10-plus cars.
Throughout the day, he had the chance to run and dice with Verizon IndyCar Series veterans such as Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan and Sunday’s Pole Sitter, James Hinchcliffe.
The #61 PIRTEK Team Murray Chevrolet appeared comfortable in traffic, with the team working hard on the race day setup.
Brabham now goes into an intense media and event schedule – including his Rookie commitments – as the buildup continues towards Sunday’s 100th Indianapolis 500.
The youngster will start the Indianapolis 500 from position 27.
The Warner Bros. Home Entertainment/Chris Kyle Frog Foundation CK Crew shared a special moment this morning at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, when Mario Andretti took the time to catch up with the rookie team of veterans and first responders.
The CK Crew (named after American Sniper, Chris Kyle) have been training twice per day to prepare themselves for the Tag Heuer Pit Stop Challenge this coming Friday on Miller Lite Carb Day.
The team was thrilled to meet Mario and the 1969 Indianapolis 500 winner had some great words to say about the PIRTEK Team Murray program and the CK Crew concept.
MATT BRABHAM – DRIVER – #61 PIRTEK TEAM MURRAY CHEVROLET
“Today was good out there in the traffic, the car felt really solid.
“The more experience I get running with people, the better I am going to get. The PIRTEK Team Murray crew had a good solid session working on the race setup getting ready for race day.
“I felt quite good in the pack, but it’s never perfect. You have to keep working hard at it so when you go out for the race you’re as best prepared as possible, knowing that you’ve worked hard to get to the point you’re at.
“We made some improvements and progressing, I felt way more comfortable, we have to keep pushing now to ensure those improvements continue and we are still heading down that direction.
“There’s a lot of things we need to work on, I actually felt like going and doing another session as soon as that one finished!
“It’s a busy couple of days ahead with some media and other events, obviously I would like to be in the car for more practice, but we’ll be out and about having a bit of fun and then we have to prepare ourselves for Miller Lite Carb Day on Friday and of course the Tag Heuer Pit Stop Challenge, which our team has been working really hard towards.
“After that it’s race time and the Indy 500. I can’t wait.”
Matt Brabham to start 27th in Indy 500
PIRTEK Team Murray rookie, Matt Brabham will start the 100th Indianapolis 500 from the 27th position after Armed Forces Pole Day.
Following yesterday’s qualifying run where Brabham was 26th, the times were scrubbed and a single run against the clock was held for positions 10 through 33. He was the third fastest of the rookie drivers in this year’s Indianapolis 500.
His consistent four lap run delivered an average speed of 225.727mph (363.272kph). His first timed lap was 225.381mph, followed by a quicker 225.918mph, 225.742mph and rounding out with a strong 225.868mph.
The focus for the PIRTEK Team Murray crew now switches to developing the Indianapolis 500 race car, with more practice tomorrow. The Monday session will be the final time that cars are on track until Miller Lite Carb Day on Friday.
Brabham will be involved in a series of media events throughout the week including a visit to Louisville, Kentucky on the Verizon IndyCar Series multi-city media tour.
The Chris Kyle Frog Foundation has once again hosted in excess of 100 guests from military and first responder units in the PIRTEK Team Murray Hospitality unit. The visitors enjoyed garage tours and a visit from Matt and the CK Crew – who continue their training ahead of the Tag Heuer Pit Stop Challenge on Friday.
MATT BRABHAM – DRIVER – #61 PIRTEK TEAM MURRAY CHEVROLET
“It was pretty solid out there today, it was nice to lay down another four clean laps. The weather was quite different to yesterday. It was a lot hotter and a bit more windy out there today.
“The laps were good, the car felt great and there were no big moments, so it was all really well controlled.
“The focus now switches to getting the race car ready. We’ve got a lot of things to sort out to get the car good for dicing with everyone else in traffic.
“The PIRTEK Team Murray crew are on it and will be busy over the next few days getting ready for the race.
“We’ve been busy again today away from the car with the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation guys in our hospitality area – it has been good to be with them and see the difference that we can make in the lives of those who serve and protect us.
“I want to give my congratulations to the Mayor of Hinchtown and Sam on his pole position, it is a great Indianapolis Motor Speedway story and I couldn’t be happier for them.
“It’s an honor to say that I’m in the race and going to start the Indy 500 next Sunday.”
22-year-old rookie, Matt Brabham has qualified the #61 PIRTEK Team Murray Chevrolet for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. Brabham completed his only qualifying run today early in the first round. His four flawless laps were all in the 226mph (363.712kph) bracket, with the four lap average being 226.389mph (364.338kph). The first lap was…
Matt Brabham has completed his final preparations for Indianapolis 500 qualifying – setting his quickest time of the week in excess of 229mph (368kph). The PIRTEK Team Murray crew concentrated on qualifying runs during ‘Fast Friday’ which granted all competitors an additional 50 horsepower. Brabham got through a sideways moment during one of his runs,…
Build-up to Indy 500 qualifying continues for Brabham
Matt Brabham’s preparation for his first Indianapolis 500 continued today with 97 trouble free laps of the Speedway as the PIRTEK Team Murray outfit concentrated on race car pace ahead of this weekend’s Qualifying.
Brabham has clocked more miles than any other driver during the course of the last two days.
The PIRTEK Team Murray #61 Chevrolet squad was working on setups with the other entries under technical partner – KV Racing – all three cars feeling as though they were heading in a strong direction.
Tomorrow, the game changes with Fast Friday – which is the last opportunity to dial in settings before Qualifying on Saturday – where drivers get four laps against the clock. From there, the top 9 will advance to the fast nine on Armed Forces Pole Day on Sunday.
Once he finished another epic stint in the warm Indiana sunshine, 22-year-old rookie Brabham took part in the opening of the Indy Film Fest in front of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Pagoda, where he joined three time winner, Bobby Unser, J. Douglas Boles, the President of IMS and legends of Indiana to introduce the Paul Newman movie, Winning.
Further special guests of the Indy Film Fest were PIRTEK Team Murray’s CK Crew, who came together for the first time tonight. The team, which is made up of military veterans and first responders, were given a standing ovation by the Film Fest crowd.
The CK Crew – drawn together in partnership with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation – are training in Indianapolis over the next 10 days and will be PIRTEK Team Murray’s entry into the Tag Heuer Pit Stop Challenge on Miller Lite Carb Day.
Indy 500 practice will run for a further six hours tomorrow beginning at 12pm local time.
QUOTEBOARD – MATT BRABHAM – #61 PIRTEK TEAM MURRAY CHEVROLET:
“We’re still working away, trying to get some more out of the car – it was good to put in 97 trouble free laps around the Speedway today. We were plodding away today to get more experience on how the race car should be.
“We still have some more work to do on the race car. We have to compare some data with our team-mates and see what they are doing and what we might be able to learn from that.
“Throughout today’s program, we were experimenting with the race car setup and finding as much as we could there.
“I think the PIRTEK Team Murray guys did a great job, a few things setup wise didn’t work, but I did my fastest lap of the week, hitting 224mph.
“Tomorrow, we’ll be working on the qualifying side of things through Fast Friday. Obviously, the weekend is pretty important in terms of securing a good grid position for the race.
“There’s a bit of work to do tomorrow, it is pretty important for us, I am still very positive with the direction we’re heading and I think it will be a good day, which will then position us well for the weekend.”
Matt Brabham has completed more laps than any of the other 32 drivers in the 100th Indianapolis 500 field in the second full day of practice at the famed 2.5 mile oval.
The 22-year-old rookie circulated 126 times for a best speed of 223.306mph (359.376kph) – his fastest ever lap of the Speedway. Whilst that time was 27th of the 33 cars, he set the 10th quickest ‘No Tow Speed’ – or unassisted by slipstream from another car.
Qualifying on Saturday and Sunday is conducted as a single car against the clock over four laps (10 miles), therefore the No Tow Speed is the time that the majority of the paddock is looking towards as an indicator.
Brabham has been working through his program throughout the day, with the PIRTEK Team Murray crew trimming the aerodynamic profile on the #61 Chevrolet powered machine slightly. There is still some way to go before the car is in full qualifying specification.
He stopped once on track, however this was during a fuel run and the #61 was simply out of Sunoco Fuel and no issue recorded with the car.
Whilst yesterday did not see a lap turned due to inclement weather, Team Manager Mitch Davis – who is doing his 26th Indy 500 this year – was comfortable with Brabham’s progress – the rain delay giving Brabham and Engineer, Andy Brown the time to analyse data from Monday’s Rookie Orientation Program and continue the push towards Saturday’s qualifying.
The field was cut to the traditional maximum of 33 entries this morning with a proposed 34th entry declaring itself out of commission.
QUOTEBOARD – MATT BRABHAM – #61 PIRTEK TEAM MURRAY CHEVROLET
“It has been fantastic to do so many laps today, I’m feeling more comfortable in the car, which is the biggest thing. I’m enjoying it a lot more and getting further experience each time around here which is going to be good for when it counts come qualifying day and the race.
“I’m really happy with how it’s all progressing.
“Running in the pack is a lot more hairy, but I felt OK, theres some work to do on my side of just learning how to time things right and run in traffic – and I think there’s a lot we can improve on the car to help that.
“For the rest of the week, getting me up to speed in this area is going to be one of our main goals and of course making sure our race car is to the top level.
“I’m enjoying myself, running on our own, we’re really good and have some good pace there – the car is good in clean air which will be good for qualifying, the PIRTEK Team Murray crew is doing a great job, I think we just need to keep working on our racecar and see how that goes.”
BRABHAM PASSES INDIANAPOLIS 500 ROOKIE ORIENTATION PROGRAM
Matt Brabham has taken the first major step towards his first Indianapolis 500 start by passing the Rookie Orientation Program on the 2.5 mile Speedway today.
It was Brabham’s first competitive look at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway since finishing second in the Freedom 100 Indy Lights race in 2014.
The PIRTEK Team Murray Chevrolet driver was required to go through three stages of his rookie test – circulating 10 laps between 205 and 210 miles per hour (330-337kph), 15 laps between 210 and 215 miles per hour (337-346kph) and then 15 laps over the 215mph (346kph) marker.
He passed every stage without trouble, recording a top speed in the final hour of practice of 222.578mph (358.205kph). His time was 22nd fastest of the 33 runners on track today.
Late in the afternoon, the majority of the field took to the track which gave the Indianapolis resident, Brabham the chance to experience running in a pack for the first time on the Superspeedway in an IndyCar.
Brabham was one of six rookies that had to go through the program.
Practice for the 100th Indianapolis 500 continues through each day this week with qualifying to be held on Saturday and Armed Forces Pole Day on Sunday.
MATT BRABHAM – #61 PIRTEK TEAM MURRAY CHEVROLET DRIVER
“It is great to finally be out on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the weather was good today and I just had fun out there in the PIRTEK Team Murray Chevrolet.
“It took me a while to build up to speed, I was slowly learning the lines and getting used to how to get around the Speedway. The focus for me today was becoming acclimatised to the car in Speedway trim.
“With the Rookie Orientation Program, we were required to go up in increments of five miles per hour from 205mph after completing a number of laps. It was our number one goal to get through that program today, which we did.
“This afternoon, we got to run an hour with the rest of the field, so was able to experience some traffic on track. I just had a lot of fun out there really!
“I didn’t expect all the other drivers to get out there and run in a big pack. When everyone was out there swapping, changing and passing and almost racing in some ways, it was a bit daunting to start with.
“Once I had done that for a couple of laps, I got into a rhythm and was feeling more comfortable. To be honest, I didn’t feel too bad at all hanging around those guys, following them and seeing how they race was really good experience.
“With every lap, I’m learning – I’m still not completely comfortable just yet, I need to keep working through it this week and see how it goes.”
Matt Brabham has begun his Verizon IndyCar Series career in style at the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis – recording a solid 16th finish. The 22-year-old got through the inevitable first corner incident and once the race went green was able to relax and get himself into a rhythm. Getting the harder ‘black’ Firestone…