Brabham secures Indy Lights drive

Matthew Brabham, the grandson of motorsport great Sir Jack Brabham, will compete in next year's support category for the IndyCar championship.

The grandson of Australian motorsport great Sir Jack Brabham has secured himself a drive in the support category for the IndyCar championship in the United States.

Matthew Brabham was confirmed on Sunday as the pilot of the Andretti Autosport entry for next year's Indy Lights 2014, following his dominant win in this year's Pro Mazda Championship.

Brabham earned the right to move up to the Indy Lights championship after winning the Pro Mazda title in emphatic style, claiming 13 race wins from 16 starts.

It means the 19-year-old is just one step away from joining compatriots Will Power and Ryan Briscoe in America's premier open-wheel motorsports championship.

"I'm really excited to be moving into Indy Lights next year," Brabham said.

"I remember seeing the Indy Lights cars for the first time in St Petersburg when I was racing USF2000 there last year. I was blown away by how quick they were and how cool they sounded.

"It's going to be a fun year, and I'm very pleased to be on board with Andretti Autosport for a second year."

Source: AAP