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Matthew Brabham wins Trans Am Mid-Ohio, takes 1-2 pole position in the CD race

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Matthew Brabham

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  • It’s Brabham’s second career win in just his third start.
  • Brabham’s teammate Chris Dyson takes second in fending off David Bentarik.
  • After winning the title, Kaz Grala had to exit early due to mechanical issues.

    Matthew Brabham took home his second Trans-Am series presented by Pirelli on Saturday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Track, beating teammate Chris Dyson on the final lap to claim his first win of the season and second in just three series starts. The win was tough, with Brabham taking on top contender Kaz Grala and the always quick Dyson to take the checkered flag.

    When the green flag was waved for the 100-lap race, Poulsiter and first-time insider battled Gralla in the #2 Technical Chassis/Weaver Dodge Challenger alongside Brabham in the #21 Ford Mustang. Brabham captured the center point on the first lap, but Grala regrouped and moved forward before the second circuit was completed. Once back in front, Grala held the lead until past the halfway mark, but the CD Racing cars from Brabham and Dyson weren’t far behind. Grala finally gave up the lead to Brabham on lap 25. Grala maintained his fast pace from second place until nine laps later, when his challenger started blowing smoke. He was forced to pull off the track due to a differential problem on lap 34, ending his debut in Trans Am and issuing a full-track warning.

    When racing resumed on lap 40, Brabham was still struggling with his work, with teammate Dyson’s #20 ALTWELL Ford Mustang now in second. He parked it until a car in the sand trap took out the second double yellow of the race after two laps, leaving only one lap of the green flag race left once the cleanup was complete. During the last lap Dyson challenged Brabham to the last turn, but that wasn’t enough, and Brabham was in front when the square flag waved. Keeping cool under pressure in scorching temperatures, Brabham was also awarded the ChillOut Keep Cool Move of the Race. Brabham secured his second win in just three matches of Trans Am debuts. He made his Circuit of the Americas debut at the end of last year’s season when he replaced Chris Dyson.

    David Pintaric in the #57 Kryderacing Ford Mustang is back on the track after a three-race pit stop and had an excellent race on his home circuit, running behind Dyson in the entire event and finishing third on the podium. He was followed by Ken Thwaites at No. 7 on his Franklin Road Camaro outfit in fourth, and Tommy Drissie in the No. 8 Lucas Oil Mustang in fifth.

    Matthew Brabham

    Brabham won by 0.379 of a second.

    Chris Clark Photography Trans Am Series

    “These are some of the most fun cars I’ve ever driven,” Brabham said on Victory Lane. When you have a team like Chris and the boys do such a good job setting the car up, it’s just a dream for me to come here and drive. I said in Kuta [Circuit of The Americas] There is no other team I could have gotten into and I felt at home like these guys. Today the race was tough. I was pushing the whole race, and that was kind of our game plan. I told Chris “I’ll pay the whole race, and if you want to save tires you can save tires.” I think if there weren’t those yellows at the end, Chris would probably get me. I had nothing left, had no tires left and was pushing hard the whole race. It’s a big shame for Kaz [Grala], it was a great race with him at the start of the race and we had some great fights side by side. He’s an incredible driver and I’m sure he would have been with us in the end if he hadn’t had problems. Thanks to Chris, everyone at allgram, and everyone at CD Racing for making me feel at home.”

    “This was one of the best races I’ve ever been in,” Dyson said on the podium. Kaz came in this weekend and took out the Pancho Weaver again, and they were right in front. That’s great for the series. Matt did a great job all weekend, and we snorted all the way. We had a slightly different strategy. He was more aggressive on the tires. And I think that helped him at first. I was keeping a little spare, but those yellows got in the way, or else it could be really fun. We just wanted to make sure the house calls with my dad and Hamid [Masaood] It was positive, so we kept it clean but we raced to the finish because we wanted to put on a great show here.”

    “Being here on the podium feels really good, we can’t take this for granted,” said Pentaric Passionate. “It’s been a tough road for the last couple of years due to health issues and new car bugs, but it’s so good to be back in. In January of this year I got sick with COVID-19 so bad I’ve been down for a good eight weeks. We went to Sebring and couldn’t finish three laps. It was a long road. By May I was starting to get my strength back and we struggled with the car a bit. Last week we were in the June Sprints at Road America and finally got it. So good to be back.”

    The SGT race on the podium saw father/son, with Milton Grant at No. 55 Sentry Self Storage/Springhill Suites Porsche 991.1, and son Carey Grant winning the No.6 Grant Racing Porsche GT3 Cup on the podium in third. Lee Saunders overcame a mid-race pit stop to take second place in the #44 Dodge Viper Landsearch LLC.

    Chris Dyson

    Brabhams teammate Chris Dyson came second.

    Chris Clark Photography Trans Am Series

    “I want to thank Jesus Christ, my Savior,” Grant said. “This is my first Trans Am win, so after I raced the 500 here in mid-Ohio last year, it feels really good. My wife Ruth comes to the race, she supports me all the time, but she doesn’t usually come with me to the track. It’s It’s great to have her here. Now she has to be in every race so I can win every race. I want to thank my staff for doing everything that needs to be done to get me here.”

    In GT, Seth Lucas won the #29 Ave Motorsports Audi R8 in his first race of the season, followed by Jacques Reinke, making his debut in the #33 Chevrolet Camaro Performance Series.

    “This has been fantastic,” Lucas said. “I would like to say a big thank you to Motul for taking care of us, everyone at Ave Motorsports for supporting us this weekend.”

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    TA is back on the track next weekend, July 1-3, when the Ryan Companies introduce their Trans Am 100s at Road America.

    Chris Clark Photography Trans Am Series

    Saturday’s race, presented by the Franklin Road Apparel, will be broadcast on CBS Sports on Sunday, July 3 at 2:00 p.m. ET, with a presentation on Monday, July 4 at 1:00 a.m. ET.

    TA is back on the track next weekend, July 1-3, when the Ryan Companies introduce their Trans Am 100s at Road America.

    Full race results can be found over here.

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