David Brabham's 100th American Le Mans Series race celebrations got off to a flying start at Mosport International Raceway thanks to special efforts from Patrón Highcroft Racing.
The Highcroft crew surprised sportscar legend Brabham by unveiling a special anniversary livery for the LMP championship-leading car, which will proudly boast the race number 100, instead of its usual #1, to mark the major milestone.
The celebrations surrounding Brabham's 100th anniversary couldn't have started at a more appropriate time — 43 years to the day from when David's triple F1 world champion father, Sir Jack, won the first ever Canadian Grand Prix at the same circuit.
“This is a very special day for me, arriving at the track to see the monumental efforts the Patrón Highcroft team has put in to celebrate my 100th race,” Brabham Jr said, “The car looks fantastic sporting the number 100. It means a great deal to me to be sharing this special time with this team.
“It's amazing to think my Dad won the first Canadian Grand Prix on this day in 1967, just as I celebrate my 100th ALMS race. It's been an amazing journey. Every Highcroft team member has contributed towards making some of the best memories of my career.
“My sincere thanks go to Duncan and all the Highcroft crew. I'm so grateful to be doing my 100th race with this team and for their efforts to mark the occasion. It means a lot.”
As Highcroft prepared for Friday testing at the only Canadian circuit on the ALMS calendar, Brabham became only the second driver to reach 100 ALMS race starts — joining former Panoz team-mate Johnny O'Connell.
The Australian made his debut in the inaugural Series race in 1999, sharing a Panoz GTR-1 with Eric Bernard. His list of team-mates over the last 11 years reads like a who's who of sportscar racers, but Brabham remains the only driver in Series history to have won and set the pole in GT1, GT2, LMP1, LMP2 and LMP.
“I have to congratulate Brabs on reaching this very special milestone and it's going to be cool to celebrate it with him this weekend," Highcroft team-mate Marino Franchitti said, "It's not just the fact that he's raced 100 ALMS races, but how he's raced them, achieving poles and wins in all the classes. I can tell you after being his team-mate for almost a whole season that I can see why he's had so much success - he's just the complete package.