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Matthew Brabham, F1 great’s grandson, to race Super Truck in Australia

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While still pursuing his goal of driving in next year’s 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, Matthew Brabham has found a way to keep himself busy in the meantime.

The grandson of three-time Formula 1 champion Sir Jack Brabham, and the son of IndyCar and sports car great Geoff Brabham, the younger Brabham is taking – shall we say – a different kind of road this weekend.

He’ll compete at Surfers Paradise in his native Australia, racing in veteran American race car driver Robby Gordon’s Stadium SuperTruck Series.

It’s the same racetrack that Gordon finished third behind Nigel Mansell and Emerson Fittipaldi in the CART race there in 1993.

“The track has changed a little bit since my IndyCar days (having been shortened from 4.5 kilometers for Indy cars to 2.96 kilometers to better accommodate V8 Supercars),” Gordon told Speedcafe.com.

As for Brabham, he’ll drive the No. 83 in the 11-truc field with primary sponsorship from legendary rock band Def Leppard.

This will be Brabham’s second start in a Truck for Gordon, having done so earlier this year at Toronto.

“He raced in Toronto and did a good job there without any preparation beforehand,” Gordon said.

That’s almost the same situation Brabham faces this weekend, having arrived back in his native land on Thursday after being overseas in the U.S.

While looking for a full-time ride, Brabham has kept himself busy in 2015, competing in a number of events across a variety of race series including Indy Lights, Formula E, Stadium Super Trucks, a NASCAR late model event and two IndyCar tests for Andretti Autosport.

“I guess I’m at that point in my career where I’ve got to accept anything I can get. There’s a lot of late call-ups,” Brabham told Speedcafe.com. “Coming back to the Gold Coast to see all my friends and my family and race at the same time is just awesome.

“I’m just going to have some fun in practice tomorrow and just get my bearings really.

“I’ve driven on this track in Formula Ford so I know where the track goes and I’ve been watching IndyCar races here my whole life.”

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Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.