Fresh off his stint at the Indianapolis 500 with PIRTEK Team Murray and a P22 finish, Matthew Brabham jumped into the No. 7 Speed Energy Stadium Super Truck by Traxxas yesterday at the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans for Race #1.
Oh, and he won it.
If you’re unfamiliar with Super Tricks, let me explain that the series has a different version of qualifying. They grid the cars from back to front based on qualifying results, so Brabham started at the back of the pack yesterday after qualifying fastest. He made his way through the entire field to come out victorious. After the race he was smiling from ear-to-ear, stating that he was having a blast being back in the trucks. This was the first win for Brabham in the Stadium Super Trucks series.
Watching this series is impossible to do without a smile on your face, as big as Brabham’s. These life-size TRAXXAS trucks slide around the track, scream loudly between the grandstands, drift through corners on 2 or 3 tires, and hit ramps with determined force, flying through the air. Sometimes they land on the front tires, sometimes the back, sometimes they touch mid-air or upon landing. Brabham admitted that the trucks actually looked pretty decent in comparison to some other races in the series, but to be fair it was only race 1 of 3 this weekend and they are trying not to do too much damage just yet.
Which means… keep watching because it’s going to get more and more interesting as the weekend progresses.
Brabham is the third-generation of open-wheel racers in his family and looking back at his past weekend, he reflected, saying that he was honored to simply be a part of this year’s Indianapolis 500, especially given that is was the milestone 100th Running of the event. He expressed that it all seemed to happen so fast and he was feeling the post-race blues by Sunday night so getting back in the truck on Friday lifted his spirits, and brought that aforementioned smile back to his face.
Brabham commented that his grandfather, Sir Jack Brabham would have enjoyed the Stadium Super Trucks type of racing, and that his father, Geoff, admittedly loves it. The 22 year old has championships in USF2000 and Pro Mazda from 2012 and 2013 respectively and is hoping to drive in the SST series again for the Townsville, Australia race next month.
Speaking of open-wheel families, Arie Luyendyk Jr. came in second place for Friday’s SST Race #1. He is aiming for a win here this weekend after last year’s competition on Belle Isle was difficult, being his first race in the wet. Belle Isle is one of his favorite tracks and he feels it suits his style of racing very well. His dad however, two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk, thinks the Stadium Super Trucks are ‘insane’! Luyendyk Jr has tried to get his dad in one multiple times, so he can experience it first-hand… but he has refused. To be fair, Luyendyk Sr always had more of a preference for the oval tracks – that’s the circuit format where he earned all seven of his IndyCar wins.
If you aren’t here on Belle Isle to watch the Speed Energy Stadium Super Trucks live this weekend, tune in via Livestream at 11:05 a.m. ET today, Saturday June 4th on the Stadium Super Trucks website to watch live!