MADISON, Ill — Matthew Brabham had his chance to repay Linus Lundqvist from their late race contact last month at the Iowa Speedway. However, he passed Lundqvist more clean than Lundqvist did him.
Each occurring on Lap 71.
After leading the opening 71 laps from pole on Saturday from World Wide Technology Raceway, Brabham passed the Swedish points leader in Turn 3 for the top spot and never looked back en route to his 3rd career victory, 2 of which coming this season.
“I just wanted to win so badly, especially after Iowa,” Brabham said. “I just had that grit.”
The grandson of 3-time F1 champion Jack Brabham and son Geoff, netted his 3rd podium in the last 4 races and got revenge for the win at Iowa being taken away by late race contact on Lap 71 at Iowa via Lundqvist’s move in Turn 2.
Here at WWTR, Brabham quickly went to 2nd after getting by Benjamin Pedersen early on. He from then on was just biding his time. He’d make gains but back off in efforts to save his tires for the end.
Luckily he did. The 75 lap caution free race went the distance without a stoppage. So without scheduled pit stops in Indy Lights, Brabham had a clean line and better tires to his advantage to get by.
He like the high line on Saturday which gained him momentum and looked better through the first couple of corners. It allowed him to go low in Turn 3 to make the winning pass.
“I could tell he was starting to get loose toward the end of the race,” Brabham said. “I think I showed too much of what I could do there in Iowa, in the top lane. I told the guys on my team I don’t want to show anyone anything because I think they’re learning too much from me, especially my teammates. I was saving that top line for the last couple of laps.”
While Lundqvist fell short of his sixth victory of the season, the big picture looks very clear: The Swedish driver is zeroing in on the series championship.
Lundqvist leads second-place Brabham by 108 points with just three races remaining. He needs to lead by 109 after the next event, Sunday, Sept. 4 at Portland International Raceway, to clinch the title. Live coverage from Portland is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. ET on Peacock Premium, INDYCAR Live! and the INDYCAR Radio Network.
A doubleheader Sept. 10-11 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca will conclude the season.
Lundqvist has 8 podiums this season alone including a top 5 in all 11 races run this season.