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Veach spends his Friday with local students

Friday, February 28th, 2014

2.28.14 – Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires sophomore Zach Veach spent his Friday visiting with eighth-grade students at Riverside Jr. High in nearby Fishers, IN. Veach spoke to six classes totaling about 180 students at the Northside school.

The high school graduate related the technology of Indy cars to what the students in Mr. Brad Bill’s students are about to begin discussing in his Technology Education classes. Zach spoke about aerodynamics, each part of the car, technology within the steering wheel and the journey that has brought him to where he is as an Indy Lights driver today.

“I am very privileged to be here today at Riverside (Jr. High) speaking to Mr. Bill’s eighth-grade classes about my passion and hopefully getting more youth involved in our sport,” the 19-year-old said. “A lot of the kids seem very interested in what we’re showing them. I’m hoping to see a lot of them make it out to Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May!”

This is the fifth year Andretti Autosport has participated in a school visit with Riverside Jr. High bringing along a show car to reference to during the visit for Mr. Bill’s class.

Veach and Indy Lights teammate Matthew Brabham will next head to Milwaukee, WI this weekend for a series of appearances on behalf of the ABC Supply Co. Inc. Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest Presented by Metro Milwaukee Honda Dealers. Fans can meet the American Andretti Autosport duo at the Greater Milwaukee Auto Show in front of the Milwaukee IndyFest show car on Saturday from 3 – 4 p.m. CT and 11a.m. – 12p.m.  on Sunday. They will also be bowling at JB’s on 41 Sunday at 7p.m. for anyone who would like to join.

 

 

 

Three candidates named for 20th Gorsline Scholarship

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

2.27.14 (via RACER.com) – Three of auto racing's rising stars under the age of 21 who have already demonstrated their talents on North American racetracks for at least a dozen years are candidates for the 20th Gorsline Scholarship in 2014.

The Gorsline Scholarship is presented by Gorsline Company of Rochester, N.Y., the leader in high-risk motorsports insurance. It recognizes aspiring drivers and presents a program that provides tools that will assist these drivers in developing skills on and off the track to attain their professional goals.
 
The scholarship winner will be named on Thursday, March 13, during the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring (Fla.) fueled by Fresh From Florida, and will work with Dr. Jacques Dallaire, Director of Performance Prime, to create an individually-designed performance-enhancement program, courtesy of Gorsline Company.
 
"Each of these drivers is an outstanding competitor who started at a very young age. They've already shown how far their talents can take them in this sport," said John Gorsline, principal of Gorsline Company. "We at Gorsline Company are excited to recognize the achievements of them all. They are true rising stars."
 
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was the most recent recipient of the Gorsline Scholarship, in 2012. No scholarship was awarded in 2013.
 
The candidates for the 2014 Gorsline Scholarship are:
 
Matthew Brabham - (Indianapolis and Gold Coast Australia) – Part of the Brabham family dynasty as grandson of Jack Brabham and son of Geoff Brabham. Will turn 20 on Feb. 25. Began racing karts at age 7, winning 46 races as well as the Yamaha and SE QLD rookie titles through 2007, before moving up to the Jr National Light class. In 2008 he won both the NSW and QLD State Jr National Light titles and in 2009 the Jr Rotax Young Guns title. He then switched to Formula Ford, finishing second once and third once in the Victorian State series and was selected to join the CAMS Rising Star program for 2010. Competed in the Victorian Formula Ford State Series in 2011 and in the Australian National Championship, winning eight State races and two National races. The following two years saw him become the 2012 USF2000 Series Champion and Rookie of the Year, with four wins, three track records and six poles, and the 2013 Pro Mazda Series Champion and Rookie of the Year, with 13 wins and 10 poles. Was awarded BRDC Rising Star membership and was nominated for a Team USA scholarship. Will race for Andretti Autosport in Indy Lights in 2014.
 
 
 
 
 
 

What’s in a number? Brabham has the answer

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

2.12.14 (via IndyCar) – Eighty-three.

It’s the number that will adorn Matthew Brabham’s white and turquoise United Fiber & Data/MAZDASPEED car in his inaugural season in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires. However, 83 is not just a number. It’s family.

“The first time I raced go-karts I was in the 83,” said Brabham, the American-born, Australian-reared driver. “It was my dad’s number when he was racing in the IMSA GTP days. It’s kind of a weird thing with my family, between just my mom, myself and my dad.”

If one of the trio races on four wheels, they use 83. If it’s racing on two wheels or less, as Matthew does with when he competes in BMX, it’s flipped to 38.

Brabham, 19, signed with Andretti Autosport in October, and is one of three members of the Brabham gene pool currently competing in some form of racing. Nicknamed “Matty Brabs,” he has raced since age 7 in the Australian Midget go-karting class. While his family has deep racing roots with his Hall of Fame father Geoff Brabham and grandfather Sir Jack Brabham, a three-time Formula One champion, it was from the maternal side of his family that he first remembers experiencing competition.

“I don’t even know how old I was. But standing on the side of the beach at Lake Havasu for the (International Jet Sports Boating Association) World Finals and watching my mom race jet skis was fun,” Brabham said.

Brabham has since conquered every racing challenge. In 2012, after moving to Florida, he won the USF2000 championship with four wins and seven more podium finishes. He followed that in Pro Mazda with a record 13 wins, including a record seven victories in a row.

“My dad and my family have been in racing for so long and they’re very good and very supportive of how to go about things,” said Brabham, who turns 20 on Feb. 25. “Having a family like that, they try to keep you as humble as possible.”

 

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Zach Veach demonstrating character, victory both on and off the race track

Monday, February 10th, 2014

2.10.14 (via Race Chaser Online) -  If you want an example of how to make a difference in the world both on and off the race track, look no further than Andretti Autosport driver Zach Veach.

In just four years, Veach has gone from go-karts to the cockpit of an open-wheel Indy Lights machine, handpicked by Michael Andretti for a coveted spot on one of the most successful American open-wheel teams, Andretti Autosport, beginning in 2010.

The talented 19-year-old from Stockdale, Ohio, has proven in a short period of time that he is one of the top young prospects in open wheel racing today, working his way through the U.S. F2000 championship and Star (now Pro) Mazda Series on the Mazda Road to Indy. Veach has recorded top ten points finishes in three of the four years he has competed on the Road to Indy, finishing fifth and fourth in U.S. F2000 in 2010 and 2011 and tenth in Star Mazda in 2012 before making the leap to Indy Lights competition in 2013. Veach also scored the U.S. F2000 Winterfest championship in 2011.

“We’ve really just moved right up the ladder, and it’s been a lot of fun,” Veach said in a recent interview with Race Chaser Online. “Working with Andretti Autosport the last several years, I’ve really found a place where just being a part of the team is as fun as what I actually get to do on the race track.”

Veach came into Indy Lights with high aspirations in 2013, his fourth season with the Andretti operation, but mechanical failures in the first three races derailed the team’s title hopes. Veach rebounded in the second half of the season to score a total of six top five and twelve top ten finishes, including a pole effort at the season finale in Fontana and a season best third-place finish at the Milwaukee Mile.

 

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Open wheel lineage equals proven success for Matthew Brabham

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

2.5.14 (via Race Chaser Online) – If you’re from the Brabham family, chances are you’ll end up behind the wheel of a race car at some point, and you’ll be good at it.

And third-generation driver Matthew Brabham has proven over the past couple of years that good just doesn’t isn’t quite good enough for him.

Brabham has established a fast legacy of greatness, sparked by the driving careers of both his father, Geoff, a four-time IMSA sports car champion, uncle David, a two-time American Le Mans Series (ALMS) champion and former winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and grandfather, the legendary Sir Jack Brabham, a three-time Formula One World Champion.

“I suppose you could say racing’s in my blood,” Brabham joked during a recent interview with Race Chaser Online. “But I love the rush of what I do. There’s nothing like it.”

Brabham began his racing career in his family’s native Australia in 2001, racing in the Australian Midget class. Over a decade racing in Australia, the young prodigy captured three national karting titles and multiple state and rookie honors before switching to Formula racing in 2010. Brabham competed in the Australian Formula Ford class for 2010 and 2011 before signing on with Cape Motorsports/Wayne Taylor Racing in 2012 to race in the U.S. for the first time.

And that transition befit the young star just as it had his father and uncle. Brabham exploded onto the American racing scene in 2012 in the U.S. F2000 championship, grabbing four wins and eleven podium results to wrest the title from his teammate Spencer Pigot by seven points in the final standings. That result began Brabham’s march up the Mazda Road to Indy and placed him with Andretti Autosport for the 2013 season.

“After I won the U.S. F2000 title in 2012, the opportunity with Michael (Andretti) came along and, how do you say no to that? One of the biggest names in open wheel racing. It was a huge moment for me.”

 

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Hunter-Reay named to All-America Second team; Munoz earns Rising Star award

Thursday, January 30th, 2014
1.30.14 (via RACER.com) – A group of special drivers representing multiple forms of professional motorsports is elected each year by AARWBA (American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association). The association's members vote on drivers within their participating categories of racing and the top two from each discipline are elected to the first team.
 
Andretti Autosport Firestone Indy Lights pilot Carlos Munoz was voted the Rising Star award after a second place finish in the Indianapolis 500.
 
One other tradition that AARWBA has followed, is to elect a Second Team to be honored with drivers finishing in the third and fourth positions within each voting category.
 
The 2013 All America Second Team:
Open Wheel: Ryan Hunter-Reay and Will Power
Road Racing: Klaus Graf/ Lucas Luhr and Doug Peterson
Short Track: Daryn Pittman and Christopher Bell
Stock Car: Kevin Harvick and Sam Hornish, Jr.
Drag Racing: Antron Brown and Jeg Coughlin, Jr.
Touring Series: Matt Crafton and Alessandro Balzan
At Large: Frank Manzo and Jim Whitely
 
The country's top forms of professional motorsports are represented in this championship group voted on by AARWBA as the 2013 All-America Team.
 
Founded in 1955 AARWBA is a motorsports organization comprised of writers, broadcasters, photographers, and other media-related professionals. The organization's charter is aimed at providing not only proper recognition for members of the motorsports media, but to recognize their work as well as the work of the competitors that they follow in print, on the air, and on film.
 
 
 

Mazda Road to Indy Squads at Andretti Autosport® Reflect on the 2014 Team Launch

Monday, January 20th, 2014
1.20.14 – The Mazda Road to Indy quartet at Andretti Autosport unveiled their new looks for the upcoming 2014 season last Monday. After a week filled with photo shoots, interviews, physicals and meetings, the Indy Lights and Pro Mazda duos reflected on the exciting team launch and the year ahead with the championship-winning caliber team.
 
 
 
 
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ZACH VEACH, No. 26 RePLAY XD, Indy Lights 
“This is always a very exciting and important part of the year! You're unveiling the cars and also the expectations or goals of the new season to come. It's really an honor for me to say I'm starting my fifth season with Andretti Autosport in the RePLAY XD Indy Lights car! We're taking everything we learned from last year and working to put it all in a great season for us all! I think one of my favorite parts of the unveiling, though, was being to live stream it all to the fans throughout the world, using RePLAY XD cameras; I'm very excited to see what's to come with Andretti TV, so stay tuned!”
 
 
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MATTHEW BRABHAM, No. 83 United Fiber & Data/MAZDASPEED, Indy Lights
“It was great having all the Andretti Autosport drivers and crews at the same place before the season starts; it’s always great to spend that time with everyone even when we’re not at the track as we’re just like a big family. The liveries on the cars looked awesome, and I can’t wait to showcase the United Fiber & Data/Mazdaspeed car on track. I’m sure the new paint job is worth a couple of tenths (of a second)!”
 
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GARETT GRIST, No. 27 DaVinci Foods/Lander Property Management, Pro Mazda
“I had a great time at the Andretti Autosport launch. I have never done anything like that before so it was a great experience. It was cool to see all the media at the event covering it. Everyone did a great job and worked hard to pull it off! I am really looking forward to this season; so far testing has gone well. I'm just taking things slow and learning the car so I am ready for the season. I think as a team we will have a great year.”
 
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SHELBY BLACKSTOCK, No. 28 Starstruck, Pro Mazda
“The unveiling went very well at Andretti Autosport; it was great to be a part of it all. After a strong year last year, I am looking forward to an even stronger year ahead. Testing has shown that we have a lot of speed, and I can’t wait for Winterfest to start.”
 
 
 
 

Andretti Autosport Unveiling is Wake Up Call for Teams

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

1.14.14 (via MotorRacingScene.com) – Drivers exit their Andretti Autosport hauler, smoke fills the room and outside of the hauler is the drivers’ car, showing off their colors and firesuits, as the annual unveiling of Andretti Autosport’s driver lineup for the upcoming IndyCar and Indy Lights Series season proves to be a marketing action all motorsports organizations must adapt.

Michael Andretti led his organization’s team launch at Andretti Autosport’s race shop in Indianapolis. The launch was hosted on a new website – AndrettiTV.com – where fans can look at live video to Andretti Autosport’s headquarters, subscribe to exclusive behind-the-scenes video, purchase team merchandise and more.

Though sponsorship news had previously been released for all teams, Carlos Munoz will have Cinsay on board as the fourth Andretti entry in the IndyCar Series.

James Hinchcliffe shared his new United Fiber & Data paint scheme, allowing fans to reminisce of a similar look of the late Greg Moore. Marco Andretti’s No. 25 showed his Snapple colors and 2012 IndyCar champion Ryan Hunter-Reay hosted familiar colors for his DHL No. 28 Honda.

Being a step ahead of the competition is an understatement when it comes to Andretti Autosport’s marketing department. No other teams in IndyCar or NASCAR provide their fans a preseason look at their drivers and cars.

In a way, it is Andretti Autosport’s preseason media day, because after drivers are available to the media. When it comes to a star-filled organization, Michael Andretti and his marketing department have found no issues in selling their drivers as superstars in the team launch.

And it works.

It was a surprise to see Andretti Autosport launch their new website, but even more exciting as fans are able to see their new colors and the driver interaction with the media and their team owner.

The idea of selling drivers in a low-cost way is excellent and a shock many marketing teams in IndyCar or NASCAR have not done a launch in the past.

Obviously, Andretti Autosport is one of the biggest organizations in the IndyCar Series with a team owner who has won multiple championships and races in the open-wheel realm of motorsports. However, it should not be a thought the smaller teams could not benefit for launching their driver or drivers in a similar way. With the low-cost of streaming video on a website, it should be in every team’s best interest to provide their fans with more driver interaction, especially, with drivers such as Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Simona de Silvestro, Graham Rahal and other popular drivers in the sport.

 

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Andretti Autosport Team Launch: Highlights

Monday, January 13th, 2014

 

ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT® HOLDS 2014 TEAM LAUNCH
News & Notes Regarding Team's INDYCAR® Programs

INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 13, 2014) – Four-time IndyCar Champions Andretti Autosport announced its 2014 INDYCAR lineup today during the team's 2014 Launch event at its Indianapolis headquarters. The team officially announced four full-time IndyCar Series entries, along with two Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires and two Pro Mazda Presented by Cooper Tires entries.

In addition to its IndyCar efforts, team owner Michael Andretti confirmed German news reports regarding Andretti Autosport's intent to compete in 2014 Global Rallycross events, representing Volkswagen. Further details on Andretti's Global Rallycross efforts will be announced at a later date.

Other highlights from the launch event follow.

 

NO. 25 TO CARRY SNAPPLE® BRAND PRIMARY SPONSORSHIP

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Andretti Autosport revealed a new look for the No. 25 Snapple Honda driven by third-generation racer Marco Andretti. The previously RC Cola-branded car will be emblazoned with the blue and yellow of Snapple® – a Dr Pepper Snapple Group beverage with a 42 year history. This will be the fifth different Dr Pepper Snapple product that the Pennsylvania native has carried on his Indy car following the Venom Energy Drink, Dr Pepper, Dr Pepper TEN and RC Cola liveried cars. Additionally, United Fiber & Data will be prominent as a major associate sponsor for Andretti.

 

UNITED FIBER & DATA LIVERY TO ADORN THE NO. 27 HONDA

 

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Three-time IndyCar race winner James Hinchcliffe will remain in the No. 27 car for the third consecutive year, but will move to the bright blue and white livery of United Fiber & Data, a tech company, founded by three members of the multi-platinum rock band LIVE and their Think Loud Development company.

UFD will also serve as a major associate sponsor on the No. 25 and No. 28 cars piloted by Marco Andretti and Ryan Hunter-Reay, respectively. In addition, the company will serve as the primary sponsor for Pro Mazda Champion Matthew Brabham as he transitions to Indy Lights in 2014.

Based in York, Pennsylvania, United Fiber & Data offers a complete suite of all-fiber networking and broadband solutions and also served as a major associate sponsor of the No. 25 machine of Marco Andretti for the 2013 season.

United Fiber & Data is introducing a 400-mile fiber optic line running between New York and Virginia and operates out of different data centers across Pennsylvania (Allentown, Lancaster, Reading and York).

 

RYAN HUNTER-REAY BACK TO THE NO. 28 ALONGSIDE LONGTIME SPONSOR DHL

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The 2012 IndyCar Champion will return to the No. 28 machine to signify the 28 million people living with cancer worldwide. Throughout the year, fans will have the opportunity to help Ryan fight cancer through his charitable work with Racing for Cancer, an organization he helped co-found, and its event, The Yellow Party, with locations and event dates to be announced. The yellow and red livery seen on Hunter-Reay's car in seasons past will have little changes made as DHL returns as its primary sponsor for the third year of his four-year career with Andretti Autosport.

 

2013 INDY 500 ROOKIE OF THE YEAR MUNOZ TO DRIVE NO. 34 CINSAY HONDA

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Making his full-time debut in the IndyCar Series, Colombian Carlos Munoz will tote a livery customized around new primary sponsor Cinsay – an Austin, TX-based company that is a leader in next-generation social video commerce technology. This fourth IndyCar entry for Andretti Autosport will once again be run as a joint effort between Andretti Autosport and HVM Racing.

Cinsay, the creator of next generation social eCommerce, viewer interactive, video-based platform for any individual or size business, utilizes SaaS based technology to enable everyone to sell products, services, capture donations and generate leads all inside the patented Smart Store™ technology.
The eCommerce company, named one of the Forbes Top 100 Most Promising Companies (2012), formed a relationship in March with 34 Solutions, a company co-chaired by All American football legend Herschel Walker. Under the 34 Commerce banner, the relationship names 34 Solutions as the licensed reseller of Cinsay's Smart Store™ technology and provides payment gateway services to process the Smart Store™ platform transactions.

The white and Cinsay-green Honda-powered Indy car will carry the No. 34 to pay honor to former footballer Walker's role in the program and to help carry on the tradition of excellence tied to the Heisman Trophy winner's iconic jersey number.

Also seen on the No. 34 Honda: AndrettiTV.com – a new website, coming soon, where fans will be able to subscribe to exclusive behind-the-scenes, live video access to Andretti Autosport's headquarters, purchase official team merchandise and more.

United Fiber & Data again expands its role within the team as an major associate sponsor on the No. 28 DHL Honda.

 

ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT MAZDA ROAD TO INDY LINEUP OFFICIALLY RELEASED

 

2013 Pro Mazda Champion Matthew Brabham, the only driver to capture the USF2000 and Pro Mazda championships in succession, has moved up the Mazda Road to Indy ladder and will be competing in Indy Lights for the 2014 season. The third-generation standout driver will showcase a similar livery to Hinchcliffe's Indy car as both drivers are representing United Fiber & Data. Matthew's No. 83 Indy Lights machine will also highlight MAZDA as the 19-year-old will be a MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development driver once again in 2014. In addition to Brabham, Zach Veach will return to the team for his fifth racing season – his second at the Indy Lights level of competition. The 19-year-old will bring back the red and white livery from the end of the 2013 season with partner RePLAY XD.

Completing the Mazda Road to Indy ladder for Andretti Autosport will be race winner Shelby Blackstock who returns for his second year of Pro Mazda, and rookie and race winner Garett Grist who moves up from the USF2000 championship; both drivers will have similar designs to those of their 2013 effort.

Andretti Autosport 2014 INDYCAR Line Up

IndyCar Series
Marco Andretti, No. 25 Snapple Honda
James Hinchcliffe, No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda
Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 28 DHL Honda
Carlos Munoz, No. 34 Cinsay Honda

Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires
Zach Veach, No. 26 RePLAY XD
Matthew Brabham, No. 83 United Fiber & Data/MAZDASPEED

Pro Mazda Presented by Cooper Tires
Garett Grist, No. 27 Sofina Foods/Lander Property Management
Shelby Blackstock, No. 28 Starstruck

 

 

Two-time champ Brabham aiming for title sweep

Friday, January 10th, 2014

1.10.14 (via IndyCar.com) – “Improvements” are chief among Matthew Brabham’s references from an Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Open Test, which leads the 2013 Pro Mazda and 2012 USF2000 champion to add encouraging and optimistic to his preseason lexicon.

Brabham, driving the No. 83 MAZDASPEED/United Fiber & Data car prepared by Andretti Autosport, totaled 86 laps in two sessions at Sebring International Raceway. Overall, 10 drivers participated in the Jan. 7-8 Open Test.

Teammate Zach Veach topped the combined time sheet on the 1.68-mile circuit, followed by 2013 series championship runner-up Gabby Chaves in a Belardi Auto Racing car and Brabham. The best lap times of the top eight drivers were less than a second apart.

“It’s definitely a step up compared to Pro Mazda,” said Brabham, who turns 20 on Feb. 25. “So far it’s been challenging to get used to more power and more grip, but fun to drive. I’m slowly getting there, and it should be a good year for us.”

It was Brabham’s second outing in the car as he prepares for the third rung of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder.

“It gives us a jump up on everybody, and that definitely helps,” he said. “That’s what we did last year. We got ahead and managed to sort things out before everybody else did. It’s great to get out early and nice to have everything signed so I can just focus on testing and getting comfortable before we go out and start getting ready for the racing season.”

That starts March 30 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., as part of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Other full-scale tests are scheduled for late February at New Orleans Motorsport Park and Barber Motorsports Park.

For driver and crew, sorting out variables created by the switch from Firestone Firehawks to Cooper tires is an important aspect of the early testing program.

“That’s a big challenge for us,” Brabham said. “We have to re-do all the setups and rethink our theories a bit.”

For Brabham, who made his karting debut in June 2001 in Australia, the Mazda Road to Indy is a proving ground with long-term benefits.

He set Pro Mazda single-season records with 13 victories (seven in a row), 15 podiums, 10 poles and 13 fastest race laps while driving for Andretti Autosport. The teen, who before the season was named a British Racing Drivers’ Club “Rising Star,” led 81 percent of the laps over the 12 races.
A year earlier, he earned the USF2000 championship and rookie of the year award with four victories and seven other podium finishes competing for Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing. Brabham earned a Team USA Scholarship to compete in three British Formula 2.0 races in the offseason.

 

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