Brabham to compete for Team USA scholarship

Tuesday 31st July, 2012 - 1:40pm


Matthew Brabham with team owner Dominic Cape and team-mate Spencer Pigot

Matthew Brabham with team owner Dominic Cape and team-mate Spencer Pigot

Rising Australian racing star Matthew Brabham has been selected as one of 14 drivers to contest for a Team USA scholarship.

Brabham, who is competing in the Cooper Tires USF2000 series this year, will be interviewed by an illustrious panel of judges, with three drivers selected to compete in fully funded rides in the United Kingdom later this year.

Two youngsters will be entered under the Team USA Scholarship/Cliff Dempsey Racing banner in the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch on October 27-28 and the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone on November 3-4, while one slightly more experienced driver will be invited to contest the final two rounds of the Formula Renault BARC Championship at Silverstone on October 6-7.

Brabham has taken one win and three pole positions this year and currently sits second in the USF2000 title race. He says is is delighted to be invited into the program.

“It’s awesome to be selected into the Team USA Scholarship program,” Brabham said.

“If I was fortunate enough to be chosen, it would be really cool to go to England and race.”

Former winners of the Team USA scholarship include Jimmy Vasser, Bryan Herta, Buddy Rice, Joey Hand and J.R. Hildebrand.

Brabham, 18, will be up against the following drivers; Neil Alberico (19), Luigi Biangardi (16), Tristan DeGrand (16), Jake Eidson (17), Conner Ford (16), Sean Johnston (21), Bobby Kelley (20), Jack Mitchell Jr. (16), Brandon Newey (19), Tristan Nunez (16), Adrian Starrantino (17), Colin Thompson (18) and Falco Wauer (16).

Brabham returns to the track in the USF2000 class this weekend, supporting the combined IZOD IndyCar Series/American Le Mans Series at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

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