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SUNDAY JUNE 18TH

PHOTO Pete Gorski

PHOTO Pete Gorski

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PHOTO Pete Gorski

 

PHOTO Pete Gorski

 

 

 

 


SATURday June 17th
 

Matthew Brabham Wins at Indy, CD Racing Earns Another

1-2 Finish Following Issues for Andretti


 

Chris Dyson Finishes Second,

Brickyard 400 Winner Paul Menard Finishes Third

SPEEDWAY, Ind. (June 17, 2023) ― Indianapolis native Matthew Brabham put on a clinic at his home track, leading the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway from start to finish in his No. 20 GYM WEED Ford Mustang. Brabham was the class of the field in front of his hometown crowd, scoring his second victory of 2023 and leading a 1-2 finish by CD Racing.

 

Brabham, alongside another hometown favorite, Adam Andretti, led the field to green in a historic start by two of the most famous last names in motorsports. Andretti settled into second behind Brabham in his No. 44 Top Liner Chevrolet Camaro and was followed by Chris Dyson in the No. 16 GYM WEED Ford Mustang. The top three ran close together, but pulled out to a large lead over fourth-place Paul Menard in the No. 2 Weaver Racing/Technique Dodge Challenger. A full-course caution brought competitors back together on lap 11, but the top three once again created a gap in front of the field when green-flag racing resumed three laps later.

 

As the laps progressed, Brabham’s lead stretched out in front of Andretti and Dyson, while the latter battled each other over the second position. At one point, it appeared that Andretti had the clear advantage as he was finally able to pull away from Dyson, but Dyson reeled him back with 10 laps to go. By lap 34, Dyson was stalking Andretti, looking for the opportunity to make the pass, but Andretti was able to hold him off by hitting his marks perfectly. Unfortunately, as Dyson was relentlessly pursuing Andretti with just four laps to go, Andretti experienced a mechanical issue and went off the track surface, coming to a stop and turning second place over to Dyson. One lap later, Dyson spun his GYM WEED machine going into Turn 1, but was able to right himself and continue on. Dyson’s brief pause allowed third-place Menard to close in on him, and the two fought to the finish in the remaining three laps. Brabham was displayed the checkered flag, securing his second win of the season, and Dyson and Menard crossed the finish line second and third, respectively. Keith Grant in the No. 40 Showtime Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro followed Menard in fourth, and Tomy Drissi in the No. 8 Lucas Oil Chevrolet Camaro, also a Showtime Motorsports entry, rounded out the top five.

 

“I want to give a big thanks to everyone who came out to the track today, it’s so good to see the crowd here at my home track,” said Brabham from the top of the podium. “Most importantly, I want to thank my CD Racing team. It’s so good to be a part of this team. They did an awesome job all weekend; we had really fast cars. To get a 1-2 at a place like IMS with Chris is fantastic. Thanks to the team and to GYM WEED. We also can’t forget Adam Andretti. He would have loved to be up on the podium and he certainly drove like he deserved to be here. It’s a shame he broke, but I think Adam really proved something this weekend.”

 

Notes of Interest:

Defending champion Dyson continues to lead the TA class point standings but has only a one-point advantage over second-place Brabham following today’s event.

 

This is CD Racing’s third 1-2 finish of the 2023 season. Brabham and Andretti (in a CD Racing entry) finished first and second at Sebring International Raceway, and Dyson and Brabham finished first and second at NOLA Motorsports Park.

 

CD Racing has won every race this season except for the Memorial Day Classic at Lime Rock Park. The team also has four Motul Pole Awards this season, with Dyson and Brabham earning the point position at every track except Lime Rock.

 

This weekend was Paul Menard’s second start of the season and first podium finish of 2023.

 

Fourth-place finisher Keith Grant raced against his father Richard Grant this Father’s Day weekend. The eldest Grant finished ninth in class in the No. 30 Grant Racing Chevrolet Corvette.

 

TA Top Five:

1. Matthew Brabham, No. 20 GYM WEED Ford Mustang

2. Chris Dyson, No. 16 GYM WEED Ford Mustang

3. Paul Menard, No. 2 Weaver Racing/Technique Dodge Challenger

4. Keith Grant, No. 40 Showtime Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro

5. Tomy Drissi, No. 8 Lucas Oil Chevrolet Camaro

 

TA Masters Award:

Richard Grant, No. 30 Grant Racing Chevrolet Corvette


 

COOLSHIRT Cool Move of the Race:

Lee Saunders, No. 84 LandSearch LLC Dodge Viper

 

Serck Precision Award:

Lee Saunders, No. 84 LandSearch LLC Dodge Viper

 

EMCO Gear Award:

Matthew Brabham, No. 20 GYM WEED Ford Mustang

 

The XGT class was a hard-fought battle with Wesley Slimp in the No. 4 BridgeHaul/Bennett Family of Companies Audi R8 LMS leading the class to green in his Trans Am Series debut. He and Chris Evans in the No. 92 Central Welding Supply Ford Mustang diced it up early, with the two swapping positions twice in the opening three laps. As the race settled in, Slimp pulled out to the lead while Evans and Danny Lowry in the No. 42 Bennett/BridgeHaul/Pitboxes.com Mercedes AMG GT3 now focused on each other. However, on lap 10, Slimp lost power, coming to a halt on the racing surface and bringing out a full-course yellow. Once racing resumed, Lowry and Evans had a great fight for first and swapped back and forth for the lead early in the run. Evans seemed to settle into the lead until lap 25, when Lowry overtook him. Completing the pass, Lowry maintained the lead until the finish, ultimately taking the win.

 

“I’ll tell you, that was a heck of a race,” said Lowry. “We went back and forth with Wes [Slimp]. I think Wes had us both covered in the beginning. He started to check out and then he lost power. Then I jumped up and I made a really stupid move going into Turn 1 and Chris [Evans] bailed me out one time. On the restart, Chris came down there and made a heck of a move, going three-wide. He took the apex, took the lead, and I was chasing him for a while, wondering if I was going to be able to catch him. I think the tires started getting hot and my handling came in. It was more of a marathon and I was able to win it. Let me tell you, that was a lot of work. I had a great weekend here. You can’t beat Indy and Trans Am. I’d like to thank Bennett and BridgeHaul, as well as my crew.”


 

XGT Results:

1. Danny Lowry, No. 42 Bennett/BridgeHaul/Pitboxes.com Mercedes AMG GT3

2. Chris Evans, No. 92 Central Welding Supply Ford Mustang (1:29.580)

3. Wesley Slimp, No. 4 BridgeHaul/Bennett Family of Companies Audi R8 LMS

SGT was another heated battle, with Ricky Sanders in the No. 18 BridgeHaul/Bennett/Pitboxes.com Chevrolet Corvette jumping to the lead after starting second. 2022 SGT champion Milton Grant in the No. 55 Springhill Suites/Sentry Self Storage Porsche 991.1 GT3 Cup ran second, and Lee Saunders in the No. 84 LandSearch LLC Dodge Viper made his first laps of the weekend after mechanical issues kept him from the track during practice and qualifying. Sanders led the contingent until lap 7 when his hood came flying off on the frontstretch. Forced to retire due to the damage, Grant then took the lead, maintaining it until lap 23, when Saunders was finally able to make the pass. Once Saunders took the lead, he never looked back, and led Grant to the checkered flag.

 

“I’d like to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for this beautiful day and this fantastic free country we live in,” said Saunders. “Thank you to Trans Am for bringing us to such a wonderful venue to race. It’s my first time here and I’m just blown away by how much fun it is and seeing all the fans. It was a tough race, seeing who was going to lose the tires first. Unfortunately, Ricky [Sanders] lost a hood. That was pretty crazy watching that go over the top of me. I hate that for him. Milton [Grant] and I had some great battles today. Both of us raced each other clean, we went back and forth a couple times, so that makes it a ton of fun. I want to thank my crew; they did a fantastic job getting me running. We had a leaking fuel rail and they worked until last night to get it fixed. Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there.”


 

SGT Results:

1. Lee Saunders, No. 44 LandSearch LLC Dodge Viper

2. Milton Grant, No. 55 Springhill Suites Sentry Self Storage Porsche 991.1 GT3 Cup

3. Ricky Sanders, No. 18 BridgeHaul/Bennett/Pitboxes.com Porsche 991.1

 

2022 GT Champion Billy Griffin led the class to green in his No. 14 Griffin Auto Care/Sheehan’s Towing Ford Mustang, followed by series newcomer Florian Eyme in the No. 11 Racing Hive Porsche Cayman GT4 CS and Michael Attaway in the No. 91 Bennett/BridgeHaul/Pitboxes.com Audi R8. Eyme took over the lead on lap 8 and seemed destined for victory in his Trans Am debut. Unfortunately, Eyme received contact from another competitor on lap 27, which caused major damage to his suspension and forced his retirement from the race. With Eyme out of contention, Griffin inherited the lead and held it for the remaining laps, earning the victory.

 

“Well, if [Florian Eyme] didn’t get hit, I wouldn’t have won; he was wonderful,” said Griffin. “Right at the beginning of the race, I was doing everything I could to keep ahead of him. I blew my tires off trying to keep up with him. He had a brilliant pass on me on the inside there, and I thought maybe it was over, but he got hit and here I am. It’s a special weekend for me, my daughter is here with me for Father’s Day.


 

GT Results:

1. Billy Griffin, No. 14 Griffin Auto Care/Sheehan’s Towing Ford Mustang

2. Michael Attaway, No. 91 Bennett/BridgeHaul/Pitboxes.com Audi R8

3. Florian Eyme, No.11 Racing Hive Porsche Cayman GT4 CS

 

Full official race results can be found here.


 

The Trans Am Series TA/XGT/SGT/GT classes return to the track next weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. 

 

 
 


 


 

 

 


 


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Friday June 16th

Brabham, Andretti to Lead Trans Am to Green at The Brickyard

 

Newcomer Wesley Slimp Fastest in XGT,

Milton Grant Leads SGT, Billy Griffin Best in GT

SPEEDWAY, Ind. (June 16, 2023) – Practice and qualifying are in the books for the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This weekend will feature a notable front row composed of two Indianapolis natives with names synonymous with the storied history of The Brickyard and motorsports itself.

 

Matthew Brabham in the No. 20 GYM WEED Ford Mustang captured his second-career Motul Pole Award in the Trans Am Series with a blazing fast time of 1:22.302. Brabham is the grandson of Sir Jack Brabham, a three-time Formula 1 champion, and the son of Geoff Brabham, a four-time IMSA champion and 24 Hours of Le Mans winner. Matthew himself is a winner at this 114-year-old facility, winning the 2014 Indianapolis Grand Prix in Indy NXT.

 

Adam Andretti will start side-by-side with Brabham after qualifying second in his No. 44 Top Liner Chevrolet Camaro with a time of 1:23.221. Andretti is the nephew of Indy 500 winner, Formula 1 champion and four-time INDYCAR champion Mario Andretti.

 

Brabham and Andretti finished on the podium together in the season-opening race at Sebring International Raceway in February, with Brabham winning and Andretti finishing second.

 

“This is super special, especially with the history here at this track,” said Brabham. “The history of an Andretti and Brabham front row and coming to the Yard of Bricks to start the race is going to be really special tomorrow. I love this road course; I’ve had a lot of success here. It’s a fun track to race on with the long straights, and the race is going to be pretty exciting for the fans. This is a home track for me. I’ve lived here in Indy for nearly 10 years now, pursuing INDYCAR as a driver, racing here and obviously watching INDYCAR races here. It’s just unbelievable. I’m just so happy to deliver here and bring back memories. The team did such a good job putting the car together, so it’s so good to get this result for them. We know we have a really good racecar, so we’ll see what happens tomorrow. It’s such a privilege to race this track and an absolute honor to race for Chris Dyson and his team.”

 

“We’re going to have a Brabham-Andretti front row here tomorrow,” added Andretti. “Brabham and I being on the podium together at Sebring earlier this year is hard to beat, but I don’t think anything will be better than coming to the green flag together tomorrow.”

 

TA Qualifying Top Five:

1. Matthew Brabham, No. 20 GYM WEED Ford Mustang (1:22.302)

2. Adam Andretti, No. 44 Top Liner Chevrolet Camaro (1:23.221)

3. Chris Dyson, No. 16 GYM WEED Ford Mustang (1:23.477)

4. Tomy Drissi, No. 8 Lucas Oil Chevrolet Camaro (1:24.021)

5. Paul Menard, No. 2 Weaver Racing/Technique Dodge Challenger (1:24.264)

 

XGT Qualifying:

1. Wesley Slimp, BridgeHaul/Bennett Family of Companies Audi R8 LMS (1:28.724)

2. Danny Lowry, No. 42 Bennett/BridgeHaul/Pitboxes.com Mercedes AMG GT3 (1:29.310)

3. Chris Evans, No. 92 Central Welding Supply Ford Mustang (1:29.580)


 

SGT Qualifying:

1. Milton Grant, No. 55 Springhill Suites/Sentry Self Storage Porsche 991.1 GT3 Cup (1:33.037)

2. Ricky Sanders, No. 18 BridgeHaul/Bennett/Pitboxes.com Chevrolet Corvette (1:33.728)

3. Brion Gluck, No. 47 Gallant Few/Gibbons Factory Five GTM (1:42.678)

4. Lee Saunders, No. 44 LandSearch LLC Dodge Viper (No Time)


 

GT Qualifying:

1. Billy Griffin, No. 14 Griffin Auto Care/Sheehan’s Towing Ford Mustang (1:35.094)

2. Florian Eyme, No.11 Racing Hive Porsche Cayman GT4 CS (1:38.299)

3. Michael Attaway, No. 91 Bennett/BridgeHaul/Pitboxes.com Audi R8 (1:39.235)


 

Full qualifying results can be found here.

 

TA Practice Top Five:

1. Matthew Brabham, No. 20 GYM WEED Ford Mustang (1:23.003)

2. Chris Dyson, No. 16 GYM WEED Ford Mustang (1:23.241)

3. Adam Andretti, No. 44 Top Liner Chevrolet Camaro (1:23.340)

4. Paul Menard, No. 2 Weaver Racing/Technique Dodge Challenger (1:24 185)

5. Keith Grant, No. 40 Showtime Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro (1:24.836)

 

XGT Practice:

1. Danny Lowry, No. 42 Bennett/BridgeHaul/Pitboxes.com Mercedes AMG GT3 (1:28.765)

2. Wesley Slimp, BridgeHaul/Bennett Family of Companies Audi R8 LMS (1:30.528)

3. Chris Evans, No. 92 Central Welding Supply Ford Mustang (1:30.983)

 

SGT Practice:

1. Milton Grant, No. 55 Springhill Suites/Sentry Self Storage Porsche 991.1 GT3 Cup (1:32.424)

2. Ricky Sanders, No. 18 BridgeHaul/Bennett/Pitboxes.com Chevrolet Corvette (1:35.848)

3. Brion Gluck, No. 47 Gallant Few/Gibbons Factory Five GTM (1:41.343)

 

GT Practice:

1. Florian Eyme, No.11 Racing Hive Porsche Cayman GT4 CS (1:32.844)

2. Billy Griffin, No. 14 Griffin Auto Care/Sheehan’s Towing Ford Mustang (1:34.664)

3. Michael Attaway, No. 91 Bennett/BridgeHaul/Pitboxes.com Audi R8 (1:41.962)


 

Full practice results can be found here.

 

The TA/XGT/SGT/GT race will be contested tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. ET.