Today, Iowa. Next year, Indianapolis, perhaps?
That’s what Matthew Brabham is hoping for, after completing his first-ever full IndyCar test with Andretti Autosport on Thursday at Iowa Speedway.
Brabham split the test in the AA Dallara-Honda with potential future teammate Marco Andretti.
“I had an absolute blast today,” Brabham told SpeedCafe.com. “I have wanted to drive an IndyCar for so long now and to finally get a chance was awesome.
“Driving an IndyCar … for the first time was definitely different to what I am used to, the speed, power and downforce were a big jump. But it did not take me too long and I was up to speed quickly and started to work through the program the team wanted to do.
“It was great working with Marco and drawing off his experience, a short oval is not the easiest place to drive for the first time in one of these cars. But with his and the teams’ help it all came together pretty quickly for me.”
Brabham hopes to secure a ride for the 100th Indianapolis 500 next May, a race that would hold a lot of personal meaning to the 21-year-old Brabham, as it would mark the 55th anniversary of his late grandfather Sir Jack Brabham’s first racing effort at Indy (finished ninth in 1961).
That would be the first of five appearances by the elder Brabham in the 500, and his best finish.
Sir Jack would win three Formula 1 championships. He passed away May 14, 2014 at the age of 88.
If the younger Brabham makes the 500 field next year, he’d become only the third third-generation driver to achieve such a feat along with the Andrettis and Vukovich families.
The son of Geoff Brabham, the younger Brabham drove full-time for Andretti Autosport on the Indy Lights Series in 2014, winning one race (Indianapolis road course) and finishing fourth for the season.
He has made just three starts in the first 10 events this season before funding ran out, with a seventh (St. Petersburg 1) and two 11th-place-finishes (St. Petersburg 2) and Long Beach.