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Matt Brabham standing by and ready to go for IndyCar ride

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Have seat and helmet, will travel.

That’s become Matt Brabham’s unofficial motto as he continues pursuing a full-time ride in the Verizon IndyCar Series for 2017 – if not a fill-in role still this season.

Brabham may not have a ride but that’s not keeping him from going to races. For example, he’ll be at this weekend’s Kohler Grand Prix at Road America in Wisconsin.

Brabham’s custom made IndyCar seat is being stored by KV Racing Technology in one of its transporters that travel to each race, so that Brabham will have quick access if he’s called upon to replace another driver at the last minute.

“KV Racing has been kind enough to make some space in their truck for my seat and I am ready to go if anything eventuates,” Brabham said in a media release. “I just have to make sure I am on the ground and put myself in a position where I can continue to educate myself on every aspect of the business.”

He’s also bringing his helmet and firesuit, as he’ll be driving the Honda two-seater Indy car at the track this weekend, as well.

Brabham has been riding a string of good luck of late. After finishing 16th in the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis and 22nd in the Indianapolis 500, Brabham has racked up three straight wins.

Admittedly, they haven’t been on the IndyCar circuit, but a win is a win if you’re a race car driver.

First came back-to-back wins in the Stadium Super Trucks Series three weeks ago at Belle Isle in a fill-in role for series founder Robby Gordon.

Then this past weekend, back at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Brabham picked up a class win co-driving an older Indy Lights car with Lee Brahin in the SVRA Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational.

Not only did the younger Brabham celebrate in Victory Circle and drank from a ceremonial bottle of milk, his father Geoff was also a winner in a different class, driving a Brabham BT35.

There has already been some interest from potential teams for Brabham’s driving talent. PIRTEK Team Murray owner Brett “Crusher” Murray had a number of meetings in Detroit about Brabham during the Belle Isle weekend and he has additional meetings this week in the United Kingdom.

“Matt’s faultless performance … has created the opportunity to open discussions with several parties and we look forward to continuing those in coming weeks as we evaluate what is available,” Murray said. “I could not have been happier with Matt’s efforts during the last six months and can confidently say that he is one of the best talents I have had the pleasure of working with in 30 years in the business.”

Brabham appreciates Murray’s efforts and is hoping the ongoing conversations eventually bear fruit.

“It is nice that people are keen to sit down and discuss the future with us and I am sure that would not be the case if we had not created something positive in the month of May,” he said.

“There are just so many elements that need to come together, but hard work is not something that myself, “Crusher” or our team have ever been scared of. I think we proved that last month, but that is just the start.

“We have just got to be patient, respectful and don’t lose focus on our end goal, which is a long-term and successful IndyCar career.”

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Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”