Brabham Has Perfect Pro Mazda Weekend
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – No one could touch Matthew Brabham on the downtown streets of St. Petersburg.
The 19-year-old grandson of three-time Formula One World Champion Sir Jack Brabham and son of sports car champion Geoff Brabham won both legs of the Allied Building Products Grand Prix of St. Petersburg to claim a commanding lead after four rounds of the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.
Andretti Autosport teammate Shelby Blackstock finished a career-best second this afternoon after starting from the pole position, backing up his third place from Saturday, while round one winner Diego Ferreira finished a distant third.
Yesterday, in hot, humid conditions, Brabham bounced back from a problem in qualifying to vault from eighth on the grid to take the win, his second of the season. This afternoon, in cooler temperatures and a blustery wind, Brabham started fifth but lost no time in moving toward the front.
Last year’s Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda Champion emerged from the first corner in third place, picked off Ferreira for second on lap two, then was content to bide his time behind teammate Blackstock before making his move for the lead under braking for turn one on lap 10.
Brabham thereafter stroked away to another consummate victory, finally taking the checkered flag 6.255 seconds clear of fellow rookie Blackstock.