Third-generation Australian driver Matt Brabham has signed a contract with Preston Hire Racing for this year’s PIRTEK Enduro Cup in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
The deal, which has been brokered by the team’s owner Charlie Schwerkolt, will see Brabham co-drive with Lee Holdsworth in the Sandown 500, the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 and Gold Coast 600, as well as participating in an extensive testing and ride-day program.
Brabham will also continue to compete in the Stadium Super Truck Series in both the United States and Australia.
“I have been fortunate to have some terrific days in my motorsport career and this is certainly right up there,” said Brabham. “Supercars is obviously one of the world’s leading categories and I am tremendously grateful for the opportunity that Charlie (Schwerkolt) and Markus (Preston) have provided me.
“The one-off ride last year (in Perth) gave me a small taste of what Supercars is about and I can’t wait to get out there.
Matt also is driving in the Robbie Gordon Stadium Truck Series. He is doing very well and is currently leading the series. He lost last years championship by 1 point.
Matt drove in the 100th Indy 500 and has been working to secure sponsorship to return to IndyCar.
“Obviously I’m looking forward to going back to Indianapolis in May, but by the same token, I’m just as excited about all the other races because I feel like we have a pretty big point to prove.”
Moved to Europe at age 17 to chase Formula 1 dream. Made five starts for Manor Marussia team in 2015, and became the third American driver to race in Formula 1 in the last 25 years.
Has won races in GP2 Series and World Series by Renault and competed in 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Won the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2016, the first rookie to win the 500 since 2001 and the first American rookie to win at Indianapolis since 1928.