What do Sage Karam, Simona de Silvestro and now Matthew Brabham have in common?
If you said they’re three young open-wheel talents, you’re right.
But the correct answer is that each is right now, only confirmed for the season-opening weekend at St. Petersburg next week.
Karam and de Silvestro will have one-off appearances, for now, with Chip Ganassi Racing Teams and Andretti Autosport in the Verizon IndyCar Series, respectively.
Brabham will rejoin Andretti Autosport for a one-off, for now, drive in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship. His chief engineer from the Formula E campaign, Dave Seyffert, will be engineering the No. 83 car at St. Petersburg.
The Australian American is the 2012 USF2000 and 2013 Pro Mazda champion, and won a race in his rookie season of Indy Lights a year ago. He reunites with Shelby Blackstock, who was his Pro Mazda teammate in 2013.
Brabham has remained active in the FIA Formula E Championship, having driven two races for Andretti and also served as the team’s reserve and test driver.
“It’s brilliant that we have the opportunity to link up with Andretti Autosport again for this campaign,” said Brabham. “It has been a tough off-season trying to piece everything together, but thanks to the team and some close supporters, we’ll be at St Petersburg.
“Having won both races at St. Pete in Pro Mazda and being quite strong there last year, I’m confident of hitting the ground running. It’s a great track and I love street courses, so we’ll be aiming to be in the mix.”
Added team principal Michael Andretti, “It’s great to have Matt back in a seat within our Indy Lights program. He’s done a stellar job stepping up for us in the INDYCAR off-season in our Formula E team as reserve driver, but it will be great to see him back in Indy Lights alongside Shelby (Blackstock). Those two work well together and they will be ones to watch as they hit the streets of St. Pete.”