2009 Le Mans 24 Hours winner
Brabham, 48, is the youngest son of three-time Formula 1 World Champion Sir Jack Brabham. Brother Geoff also won the 24 Hour of Le Mans in 1993, and Geoff’s son, Matthew, is carving a promising career for himself in North America, having won successive scholarships via the Mazda Road to Indy, and will progress to Indy Lights in 2013 after winning the 2012 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda and this year’s Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. David’s son, Sam, is also pursuing a career of his own after starting out in this year’s MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain.
Born in England and raised in Australia, David Brabham largely stayed away from the sport until graduating from high school. He began karting at age 18 and, after initial forays in a one-make Ford Laser series and Formula Ford, won the Australian Drivers’ Championship in 1987 before setting his sights farther afield. He won both the British Formula 3 Championship and the Macau Grand Prix in 1989, and made the first of two largely unsuccessful Formula 1 forays with uncompetitive teams in 1990.
The bulk of Brabham’s successes have been achieved in sports cars. He won the All-Japan GT Championship in 1996 at the wheel of a McLaren F1 GTR BMW, the American Sportscar Championship in 1998 with Panoz, and claimed a pair of American Le Mans Series titles with Highcroft Racing and Acura in 2009 and 2010 in addition to his Le Mans triumph for Peugeot and consecutive Le Mans class wins with Aston Martin in 2007 and 2008.
Accomplished sports car racer and member of one of the sport’s most famous racing families, David Brabham, is now on deck as the latest Online Driving Instructor. Questions can be posed until November 10, and his answers will be posted beginning November 11.