HILLIARD, Ohio – David Brabham, who hails from one of the world’s most famous racing dynasties and whose own accomplishments include victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, will serve as Online Driving Instructor for the Road Racing Drivers Club’s highly acclaimed www.SAFEisFAST.com website.
Questions for Brabham can be posted via the website effectively immediately. His answers will be available beginning Nov. 11.
SAFEisFAST.com is a free online resource featuring video tutorials on a wide variety of topics including safety, fitness, mental skills, race craft, career development, sponsorship, marketing and more to assist the careers of drivers in all forms of racing. The website’s popular “Ask A Pro” section, in which top industry professionals answer questions on a similarly diverse range of subjects as “Online Instructors,” previously has featured Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button, two-time Le Mans winner Alexander Wurz and Indianapolis 500 champions Dario Franchitti and Gil de Ferran, as well as fitness guru Jim Leo and mental preparation expert Dr. Jacques Dallaire.
Since its launch, there have been well over a quarter of a million views of the online tutorials from visitors representing more than 130 countries. The videos recently have been made available to a wider global audience with the inclusion of closed-captions in 71 different languages.
Brabham, 48, is the youngest son of three-time Formula One World Champion Sir Jack Brabham. Brother Geoff also won the 24 Hour of Le Mans in 1993, and Geoff’s son, Matthew, is now 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.
“SAFE is FAST is a great portal for drivers to come and learn from the people who have done it – drivers, team managers, owners and suppliers who have experienced all the ups and downs that we all go through, and I am one of them,” said Brabham, who has been instrumental in establishing the successful MSA Young Driver Academy in the UK for the past seven years. “When I came through the ranks towards Formula One, I wish I had the MSA scheme and other programs like SAFE is FAST to learn from; I am sure it would have made a difference to my career.”