Matthew Brabham will head to Australia for the Clipsal 500 weekend in Adelaide, South Australia, to race in the Stadium Super Trucks. Conceived by Robby Gordon, these trucks reach nearly 150 mph and soar 16 feet in the air on the specially designed course.
This is the second year the series will run as part of the V8 Supercar weekend schedule.
Brabham’s fifth Super Truck start will come with Bill Hynes, who called him, “one of the best young talents in the world right now,” in a team press release.
His most recent start in the series came last October at Valvoline Speedway in Sydney, New South Wales Australia where he finished second to Sheldon Creed and just in front of this year’s car owner Hynes.
Brabham is not only in Australia to generate some excitement for the 100th running of the Indy 500.
“While the Stadium Super Truck is completely different to an IndyCar, it will probably the last chance I have to be in Australia before things get a bit crazy back in the States,” Brabham said, “so it will be a great opportunity to give back to the Aussie fans before we start our Indy quest.”
Brabham will be making his inaugural attempt to make the 500 in the No. 61 PIRTEK Team Murray Chevrolet. He is a third generation driver, following in the footsteps of legendary grandfather Jack and father Geoff.
The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.
IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.
This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.
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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.
“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.
“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”
It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.