Matthew BrabhamYoung third generation racer Matthew Brabham, laid down a marker for the rest of the Pro Mazda Teams to chase, when he set the fastest time by a comfortable margin in both the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires official tests. The tests were conducted at the Palm Beach and Sebring International Raceways, over four gruelling days.

Brabham was over 7/10th of a second faster than his nearest competitor at the Palm Beach test. The Florida sunshine enabled the Andretti Autosport team to run over 160 laps and finish their extensive test program that had been scheduled. Various combinations were tried, and Matthew feels he, and the team have a muc h better understanding now on how the car reacts to the Cooper Tires, which the Pro Mazda Championship will be using this year.

The teams then packed up and headed for the Sebring International long course for another two day test starting the next day. Matthew and the Andretti Autosport team immediately continued where they had left off at Palm Beach: At the top of the time sheets.

Sebring is one of Matthew’s favourite tracks, and was in devastating form as he bested the competition by a massive 1.5 seconds. The young 18 year old has quickly gelled with his new team, and Matty is excited about his chances for the upcoming season based on the car speed shown in these tests.

“It was a quality test from my point of view” a happy but exhausted Matthew said. “I was able to work through many combinations with my engineer Yancy and I think we both have a good feel for the direction we need to go in. I also was working on my driving style with the Pro Mazda, and I definitely made some gains in that area as well. A big thank you must go to the whole Andretti Autosport team as they gave me a very quick car at both tracks. So obviously I am thrilled how the test went, and I wish the racing would start tomorrow as we are ready to go.”

The first race of the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires, is being held on March 1-2 at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.Palm Beach combined top 5
1 Matthew Brabham Andretti Autosport 1:11.695
2 Diego Ferreira Juncos Racing 1:12.419 0.724
3 Francisco Cerullo Linares Racing 1:12.433 0.738
4 Shelby Blackstock Andretti Autosport 1:12.513 0.818
5 Scott Anderson Juncos Racing 1:12.873 1.178

Sebring combined top 5
1 Matthew Brabham Andretti Autosport 2:00.417
2 Shelby Blackstock Andretti Autosport 2:01.959 1.542
3 Diego Ferreira Juncos Racing 2:02.147 1.730
4 Spencer Pigot Pelfrey Racing 2:02.644 2.227
5 Scott Anderson Juncos Racing 2:03.189 2.772