Brown halfway to the “quadruple crown” with Bathurst victory
Walkinshaw manager Andretti United, Zak Brown, said he was halfway to his own “quadruple crown” after his Supercars team triumphed at this year’s Bathurst 1000.
McLaren’s CEO is linked to several racing teams around the world, with his Formula 1 team being the most prominent of all.
Brown also has an IndyCar Series team with McLaren SP – a joint effort between Brown, Sam Schmidt and Ric Peterson.
Then there is his FIA United Autosports World Endurance Championship team, of which Walkinshaw Andretti United lends part of its name.
United Autosports and Walkinshaw Andretti United brought Brown his biggest wins to date.
The triple crown is considered the ultimate trifecta in motorsport, usually reserved for drivers.
The triple crown is made up of the Indianapolis 500 (IndyCar), the Monaco Grand Prix (Formula 1) and the 24 Hours of Le Mans (WEC) and was only produced by Graham Hill.
For Brown, it’s not the Triple Crown per se that he’s looking for, it’s the Quadruple Crown that includes the aforementioned events and the Bathurst 1000.
With victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans last year in the LMP2 division and his outright victory over Bathurst 1000 with Chaz Mostert and Lee Holdsworth, Brown is now halfway to his goal.
âFor me there are the four big races; that’s Bathurst, Le Mans, Indy and Monaco, âBrown told Speedcafe.com.
âWe won Le Mans last year so it was about as cool as it gets. Bathurst now. I just have Indy and Monaco to go.
“Historically it’s the triple crown but I guess for me it’s the quadruple crown, that’s what I’m aiming for, so I’m halfway there.”
Brown was absent for the team’s first victory at Bathurst 1000 as Walkinshaw Andretti United, instead attending the F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix with McLaren.
Nonetheless, he watched every minute of the Great Race from afar.
âBathurst is such an iconic and legendary race,â said Brown.
âIt’s something to be extremely proud of. I would have liked to be there, I was in Bathurst two years ago.
“It was fun to be there when Scott Pye won [a Supercars race at Albert Park in 2018], being there for our first victory in Australia [as WAU] few years ago. I love the Supercars and I love the team.
âIt’s great that it’s in such a different time zone because I can watch most of the races from Superview, it’s a good app.
âI follow the way the team is evolving very closely. We are all very active even though we are far away. It’s really exciting. “
It was a nervous watch from afar, his # 25 Holden ZB Commodore lead suffering from a tire failure relatively early in the process.
Brown, however, had no doubts that Mostert and Holdsworth would be able to put themselves back into a competitive position.
âThe tire problem was pretty big,â said Brown.
âAt that moment you think, ‘Is this all over? Chaz and Lee and the team were fully connected all weekend.
âIt’s a long race and it gives you a chance to recover. Just an awesome performance all around.
âIt’s one of the biggest races in the world to win. Great for the team. We have a handful of victories under our belt as Walkinshaw Andretti United.
“I’m super happy for Ryan [Walkinshaw] to continue his father’s legacy. He won it 10 years ago. To have one now with him is very special.