Matthew Brabham comes from a rich racing pedigree. His father Geoff starred on both the IMSA and INDYCAR circuits. His grandfather is legendary three-time Formula 1 World Champion Sir Jack Brabham.
Brabham showed signs of promise early on, winning kart races in Australia at just seven years old. 2009 saw Brabham finish his successful tenure on the kart circuit as he moved on to the Australian Formula Ford circuit. He raced the 2010 season on the circuit with the CAMS Rising Star team. By 2012, Brabham was stateside and racing in the USF2000 series. His USF2000 campaign proved to be wildly successful, with Brabham winning double honors as both series champion and Rookie of the Year. In 2013, Brabham signed on with Andretti Autosport to race in the Pro Mazda Championship series.
Off the track, Matthew enjoys skiing and wake boarding. He counts Italian motorcycle legend Valentino Rossi as his racing hero and his ultimate racing goals are to win the Indianapolis 500 and, following in his grandfather’s footsteps, the F1 championship.
Hobbies: Body boarding – I love the beach and catching big waves body boarding or surfing; fitness – training and keeping fit for racing; iRacing – driving simulators racing against people online; snow skiing – going skiing with my friends; jet skiing
Racing goal: Become F1 World Champion and win the Indy 500
Racing hero: Valentino Rossi – refuses to lose
My fitness routine includes: Running, reaction training, weights
Any pre-race rituals or superstitions: No
The one talent I wish I had: Musical ability
An interesting note about me: I grew up in Australia.
2013: Won the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and BBS Rookie of the Year honors driving for Andretti Autosport in a record-shattering season that included new series milestones for most wins (13), most consecutive wins (7), most podiums (15) and most fastest race laps (13)… failed to finish on the podium only once in 16 starts… claimed 10 pole positions… is the first driver to advance in succession from USF2000 to Pro Mazda and now Indy Lights via the Mazda Road to Indy scholarship program.
Won the 2012 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship with four wins, eight fastest laps, three track records and six pole positions, driving for Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing… named the 2012 VP Rookie of the Year... finished third in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Winterfest, winning once and earning four podium finishes... won a Team USA Scholarship and contested the Formula Renault Winter Series in the UK... finished a close second in the final race at Rockingham, setting fastest race lap.
2011: Joined Australia's premier Formula Ford team, Sonic Motor Racing Services, and won first Australian National FF Championship race at Winton Raceway... also won eight of 12 State races including seven in a row.
2010: Won first Formula Ford race at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.
2009: Joined CAMS (Confederation of Australian Motor Sport) Rising Star Formula Ford program.
2008: NSW and Queensland State Karting Champion.
2007: Queensland State Karting Champion.