Matt Brabham made strong progress throughout the St. Petersburg Indy Lights Brabham showed plenty of speed in the new Indy Lights car throughout the weekend
Matt Brabham walked away satisfied with his efforts and progression with the new Indy Lights car at St. Petersburg, securing a seventh placed finish in today’s final 45-lap affair.
The 21-year-old started from position six on the grid by virtue of yesterday’s lap record.
Brabham and the Andretti Autosport team worked through the night to deliver a quick car and attempt to elevate him to the podium in the first event of 2015.
The pace was definitely on board the #83 Andretti Autosport machine with Brabham lapping quicker than the third placed car for much of the race.
Nevertheless, Brabham was locked in a fierce battle with 8Star Motorsport’s, Scott Hargrove.
Although he was quicker, Brabham couldn’t get a clear run to push past Hargrove. In the end, he settled for seventh.
Overall, it was a solid weekend for the youngster. Despite a limited preparation in the leadup to the event, he was able to walk away with the lap record and a good handle on the new generation Indy Lights machine.
Carlin Motorsports’ Ed Jones took his second successive victory today.
Brabham sits eighth on points with the next round being on April 19th at Long Beach, California.
"We had a better day today," said Brabham post-race. "We showed good speed again laptime-wise and we have made some improvements as the weekend has progressed.
"I just wish I had more time to get prepared.
"It has certainly been tough jumping in last minute and that showed early in the weekend.
"If we can make it to Long Beach and build on this weekend I have no doubt we will be up the front."