Matt Brabham has produced a stirring performance in the build-up to the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, where he just missed the transfer into the second round of qualifying. Brabham – who was on the softer Firestone Red Tires for the first time ever – turned heads with the fastest time in the opening…
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Verizon IndyCar Series rookie, Matt Brabham has ended a challenging opening day feeling confident of what lies ahead for the remainder of the Angie’s List Grand of Indianapolis this weekend. The first session ended early with an issue to the left rear of the #61 PIRTEK Team Murray Chevrolet which saw the wheel come adrift….
Recipients of Central Indiana’s ‘Meals on Wheels’ program received their food a little bit ‘faster’ than usual today thanks to PIRTEK Team Murray’s rookie IndyCar driver, Matt Brabham.
The 22 year-old, who will have his first official practice session for a Verizon IndyCar Series race tomorrow, joined Angie’s List volunteers on their regular meal drop. Angie’s List is the major sponsor of the annual 82-lap Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.
Brabham personally delivered a meal to homebound recipient, ‘Shorty,’ who is also an enthusiastic race fan.
The 22-year-old will drive the #61 PIRTEK Team Murray Chevrolet in this weekend’s Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis and is then set to become just the third third-generation driver to compete in the Indianapolis 500 on May 29, following in the footsteps of three-time F1 world champion grandfather, Sir Jack Brabham, and his father Geoff, who drove in 10 Indy 500s.
“The Indy 500 celebrates an amazing milestone with its 100th running this month and Meals On Wheels celebrates its 45th year of serving the community,” said Brabham.
“It is great to be involved in activities like these and get an understanding of just how important services like Meals on Wheels are to so many people.
“Volunteers are the unsung heroes of communities worldwide and it always great to see large corporations like Angie’s List working with their own staff to facilitate volunteer efforts like Meals on Wheels.
“‘Shorty’ appreciated us turning up with his meal today and he is a real racing fan who had plenty to talk about.
“We have also given him a couple of tickets for this weekend’s race and hopefully we have the chance to give him a look around.”
Volunteer Development Director for Meals on Wheels Central Indiana, Barb Renshaw, was delighted to have Brabham as part of her program today.
“We could not have asked for a better tie in today with Angie’s List sponsoring the Grand Prix this weekend that Matt will be a part of, and delivering meals and bringing awareness to our program that we have here in Indianapolis,” said Renshaw.
“We deliver meals in the greater Indianapolis area using volunteers primarily and we deliver to 550 local homebound men and women. They are primarily elderly and we have some disabled. Mainly they are people who cannot get out easily to the store therefore they are not eating healthy before they get on our program.
“We bring them medically-tailored meals that are prescribed by their doctor and we can accommodate any type of diet that will improve their health.
“Matt has done a great job today and is such a terrific young man, if he is doing nothing in the off season we would love to have him as full-time driver for us.
“”Shorty’ is a regular client on the route where Angie’s List delivers. We use a lot of corporate volunteers and Angie’s List is one of 92 companies that we use to deliver meals.
“Shorty’ was thrilled to have his meal delivered by Matt today.”
First practice for the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis will be on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course at 11am local time.
SCHEDULE – ANGIE’S LIST GRAND PRIX OF INDIANAPOLIS
(US TIME ET & AUSTRALIAN EASTERN – following day for Australia)
Thursday, May 12
11:00am-12:15pm (ET) | 1:00am-2:15am (AEST) – Practice 1
1:00pm-2:00pm (ET) | 3:00am-4:00am (AEST) – Practice 2
Friday, May 13
11:00am-11:45am (ET) | 1:00am-1:45am (AEST) – Practice 3
1:00pm-2:00pm (ET) – Autograph Session – IndyCar Fan Village
3:00pm-4:15pm (ET) | 5:00am-6:15am (AEST) – Qualifying
Saturday, May 14
11:30am-12:00pm (ET) | 1:30am-2:00am – Warmup
3:00pm (ET) – Driver Introductions
3:45pm (ET) | 5:45am (AEST) – Gentlemen, Start your Engines
3:50pm (ET) | 5:50am (AEST) – Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis (82 Laps)
Race Television Times:
ABC (US) 3:30pm (ET)
Fox Sports 501 (AU) 5:30am Sunday (AEST)
IndyCar Radio – SiriusXM – Sirius: 212; XM: 209
Course: Indianapolis Road Course
Length: 2.439 miles (3.925 km)
Turns: 14 – 9 right, 5 left, clockwise direction
Practice for the 100th Indianapolis 500 begins on Monday, May 16.
Matt Brabham joined the Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) today to take the covers off his #61 PIRTEK Team Murray Chevrolet that will start his Verizon IndyCar Series career this Saturday with the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis. The 22-year-old rookie was joined at IFD Station 7 by team owner, Brett Murray along with Battalion…
Quick note from TSO: TSO did learn that KV senior management was very impressed with the lap times that Brabham turned today. Certainly a good way to get the two race program started.
BRABHAM LAYS SOLID FOUNDATION FOR THE MONTH OF MAY
PIRTEK Team Murray rookie driver Matt Brabham laid a solid foundation for his Verizon IndyCar Series debut next month with an enormously productive test at Sebring International Raceway in Florida today.
Brabham will drive in the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 14 and then attempt to become just the third third-generation driver to qualify for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 – the world’s biggest one-day sporting event.
The 22-year-old Florida born racer ran 134 trouble-free laps on the 1.67-mile (2.67km) road course under the watchful eye of his British-based engineer Andy Brown and an experienced crew from KVSH Racing.
Brabham drove Sebastien Bourdais’ regular Verizon IndyCar Series entry, re-branded in PIRTEK colors and carrying the number 61 – paying tribute to the year that his Grandfather, Sir Jack Brabham, started the rear-engine revolution at Indianapolis.
It was the first time Brabham has been in an IndyCar since completing two rookie tests for Andretti Autosport at Iowa and Sonoma at the end of 2015.
Brabham worked through a list of set-up programs as well as many possible race scenarios he may have to adapt to.
It was fitting that Matt’s first test with PIRTEK Team Murray was at Sebring, where he had his first North American race victory in USF2000 in 2012 and where his father Geoff and uncle David have both had sportscar success.
It was also the venue where Matt’s grandfather Sir Jack pushed his car over the line to win the 1959 Formula One World Championship – his first of three (1959, 60, 66).
Brabham will now spend the next few days debriefing with Brown and the team back in Indianapolis before a simulator test next week.
The team has drawn support from the US-arm of PIRTEK – the Australian founded hydraulic and industrial hose franchise.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment through the American Sniper – Chris Kyle Memorial Edition Blu-Ray is backing the team and its CK Crew concept – which is PIRTEK Team Murray’s entry in the Tag Heuer Pit Stop Challenge made up of military veterans and first responders, conducted in association with the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation.
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY…
MATT BRABHAM – DRIVER – #61 PIRTEK TEAM MURRAY CHEVROLET.
“What an awesome day,” said Brabham.
“To arrive at the track at 7am this morning and see the car in PIRTEK Team Murray branding really brought home that this whole program is real.
“I really enjoyed everything about the day and learnt so much from Andy Brown, Mitch Davis and all the KVSH Racing crew who really threw everything into the day.
“These cars are obviously a lot more physical to drive than open wheels cars I have been used to in the past and it was a typical hot Florida day, but apart from being a little stiff in the neck, which is to be expected, I feel great.
“Jim Leo has been working me hard every day at PitFit Training in Indy and that work is obviously paying off.
“I have always liked Sebring and obviously my family has some great history here, so to come through the day without any issues and 134 laps under my belt ticks a big box for us.
“I wish I was doing it every day, but I have to wait a couple of weeks before I am back in the car and I am already counting down the days.”
ANDY BROWN – ENGINEER – #61 PIRTEK TEAM MURRAY CHEVROLET:
“It’s been a great day. Obviously this is the first time I have worked with Matt,” said Brown.
“You would not have believed he has driven these cars as little as he has.
“His feedback has been detailed and very clear and precise, which is only going to serve us well and place us in good stead as we move forward into the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the 500.
“He has hardly put a foot wrong all day and we have made some really good progress, so I am looking forward to the next couple of events.
“Inexperience can catch you out on days like today, but he seems to have an old head on young shoulders.
“I think he is one of those exceptional talents whose inexperience may not work against him – and may actually help him because he has that youthful enthusiasm.
“He just wants to get after it and go faster.
“We certainly have no trouble getting him in the car or keeping him in the car. He wants to be out there.
“Adding the Brabham name to my CV is very much a privilege and honor and then there is the 100th Indy 500 itself.
“The race has been a big part of my life since I went there for the first time and won it in 1992.
“I have been back virtually every year since and to be there this year with a Brabham really is the icing on the cake.”
BRETT “CRUSHER” MURRAY – TEAM OWNER, PIRTEK TEAM MURRAY
“Well, we could not have asked for more than that,” said Murray.
“Matt did an exceptionally professional job and the support from the KVSH Racing guys was first class.
”I was delighted with how quickly Matt and Andy Brown became a cohesive unit. It was like they have been working together for years.
“To get 134 laps of running, produce some good speed and come away without a scratch on the car really is close to a perfect result.
“It was great to have Matt’s dad Geoff looking on from the pit lane and I am sure Sir Jack (Brabham) had a smile on his face somewhere.”
Californian Fire Captain joins PIRTEK Team Murray’s CK Crew for Indy 500
Captain of Heartland Fire & Rescue – La Mesa (just outside San Diego), Sonny Saghera has been announced as the next member of the ‘CK Crew’ – PIRTEK Team Murray’s entry in this May’s Indy 500 Tag Heuer Pit Stop Challenge.
Captain Saghera was announced at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach by PIRTEK Team Murray Ambassador, Taya Kyle, driver Matt Brabham and owner, Brett Murray.
Sonny is a familiar face in Southern California, regularly facing media to discuss incidents in his county.
It is a busy weekend also for Ms. Kyle, who on Friday rode with Mario Andretti in the two-seater IndyCar and then on Sunday join Grand Marshal – 10 times Boxing World Champion, Oscar De La Hoya as part of pre-race celebrations and she will be the honorary starter of the 42nd edition of the Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix.
With the backing of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and the assistance of the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, the CK Crew will bring together six military veterans and first responders to be a fully functioning pit crew in the annual IndyCar challenge, as part of celebrations for the 100th Indianapolis 500 this May.
Whilst at the highest level in their own fields of excellence, the CK Crew members have never done a pitstop before – let alone worked with each other as a team. They’ll train in Indianapolis for 10 days before the May 27 competition on Miller Lite Carb Day.
Captain Saghera has been serving the Southern Californian community from Fire Station 11 in Heartland – La Mesa for 17 years.
Being thrown into the cauldron of an IndyCar pitstop on the PIRTEK Team Murray Chevrolet, along with developing new skill sets and drawing on some of his base training is a challenge that Sonny is taking on with great enthusiasm.
“I have been following the development of PIRTEK Team Murray and the involvement of the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation and Taya for some time, so when this opportunity came up, I was very quick to say yes,” said Sonny Saghera.
“The Indy 500 is an event that many people dream of attending, but to come together in a new type of team, a new environment, learning new skills – but drawing on the training that we’ve all had at varying levels throughout our careers – is incredibly exciting.
“Taya and the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation have made a real impact on the lives of veterans and first responder families right around the country. That we’ll have 500 military service, veterans and first responders joining the CK Crew and PIRTEK Team Murray through the month of May just makes this all the more important.
“My family, like so many others were touched when they saw Chris Kyle’s story played out in American Sniper – knowing Chris and Taya it had more impact.
“You add all of those elements together – plus the Memorial Day traditions and the history of the Brabham family at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – it is a great story and I am fortunate to be part of it.”
Taya Kyle – who rode with Mario Andretti in the two-seater IndyCar this afternoon – highlighted the importance of first responders in the programming of the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation.
“The First Responders of America do such a wonderful job in protecting and saving lives – firemen like Captain Saghera are instrumental in their local communities,” said Ms. Kyle – the Executive Director of the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation.
“The guys that we’re bringing together for the CK Crew have been great friends and have helped Chris and particularly my family and I over the last few years. I know they will do an awesome job and we’ll all be able to have a great celebration at the completion of the Pit Stop Competition with them all.”
PIRTEK Team Murray driver, Matt Brabham is preparing for a busy month and the 500. He has been collaborating with the first CK Crew Member announced – former Navy SEAL David Rutherford – on mentally preparing for the event.
“Meeting guys like Dave and now Sonny has added something completely new to the PIRTEK Team Murray experience for me,” said Matt. “These guys have been at the front of battles and have saved lives.
“Thinking that they will be in our pit bunker and around our team throughout May is something really special. They’ve done so much for America and continue to do so either in active service or through their careers post-service.
“I’m very fortunate that I can draw upon their experiences to help me prepare for this – which is the greatest challenge I have ever faced.
“With the CK Crew tying in with Memorial Day weekend and the heroes that we will be announcing to make up the balance of the team, I think we’ll have plenty of people cheering us on during the Tag Heuer Pit Stop Challenge, which will carry through to the race on May 29.”
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The PIRTEK Team Murray program will feature at the Angie’s List Grand Prix between May 12-14 before practice starts for the Indy 500 on May 16, with the Tag Heuer Pit Stop Challenge on Miller Lite Carb Day (May 27) and the 100th running of the Indy 500 on May 29.
The next piece of the PIRTEK Team Murray puzzle for this year’s 100th Indianapolis 500 was put into place today when it was announced that legendary engineer Andy Brown will be working with rookie Matt Brabham as he prepares for his Verizon IndyCar Series debut in May.
Brown, one of the most experienced engineers in the business, has been part of multiple Indy 500 and IndyCar Series winning programs.
He was the assistant technical director at Galles/KRACO Racing when Al Unser Jr won in 1992 in the closest ever Indy 500 finish in the team’s self built Galmer chassis.
He then went on to engineer Sam Hornish Jr when he claimed his back-to-back Indy Racing League Championships in 2001 and 2002 at Panther Racing.
PIRTEK Team Murray has been established by Australian motorsport entrepreneur Brett “Crusher” Murray and will run in cohesion with KV Racing Technology who will provide the infrastructure and support for the Angie’s List Grand Prix on May 14 and the 100th Indianapolis 500 on May 29.
Brabham is the grandson of three-time Formula 1 world champion Sir Jack Brabham and 10-time Indy 500 starter and 1993 Le Mans 24-hour race winner, Geoff Brabham. The Brabham family will create history as just the third family to have three generations start the Indy 500.
Brown studied Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Bath in England, graduating in 1981 before joining British Aerospace.
In 1984 he joined March Engineering and worked on their Formula 3000 program before becoming a race engineer for the March-Leyton House Formula 1 team from 1988 through 1990, where he worked with Brazilian Driver Mauricio Gugelmin.
In 1991 Brown had his first contact with the Brabham name, when he became Race Engineer for Martin Brundle at the Brabham F1 team.
The following year he stamped his name on the world of IndyCar when he joined Galmer Engineering as assistant technical director and went on to record that memorable win with ‘Little Al’ in a car the team designed itself.
Brown later became a founding member and Chief Engineer for PacWest Racing where he renewed his relationship with Gugelmin.
A move to Panther Racing would result in the back-to-back IRL Championships with Hornish Jr.
He joined Chip Ganassi Racing for the 2006 season to work as Dan Wheldon’s race engineer for a couple of seasons before moving into R&D with a focus on aerodynamics.
For 2011, he returned to the UK and created his engineering business ACB Consulting Ltd, however maintains a lot of on-going business in US open-wheel racing.
To satisfy his need for racing, Brown has recently been involved with 2013 British Touring Car Champion, Andrew Jordan in the British Touring Car Championship – ironically, in a car sponsored by PIRTEK.
Brown and Brabham will be working out of the KV Racing Technology shop in Indianapolis on a daily basis.
They are set to be involved work together in a road course test later this month before some sessions on the Dallara simulator in Indianapolis.
The PIRTEK Team Murray outfit will contest the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis May 12-14 and then begin the Indianapolis 500 quest with opening practice on Monday, May 16. Qualifying will be Saturday May 21 with the 100th Indianapolis 500 taking place on May 29.
PIRTEK Team Murray has welcomed international Fluid Transfer Solutions company, PIRTEK on board as major sponsor and has partnered with the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation to honor military service members, veterans and first responders throughout the Memorial Day Weekend celebration.
The entry of PIRTEK Team Murray in the Tag Heuer Pit Stop Competition on Miller Lite Carb Day will be made up of military veterans and first responders – and will be known as the CK Crew. The concept has been backed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment who will use the relationship to promote American Sniper – the Chris Kyle Memorial Edition Blu-Ray.
WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY…
ANDY BROWN – ENGINEER #61 PIRTEK TEAM MURRAY CHEVROLET:
“The PIRTEK Team Murray concept is an exciting one and one which really gets back to the core of what racing is all about,” said Brown.
“The team has managed to create a terrific program for its partners off the track, but at the same time we know “Crusher” is a racer at heart and really wants the best for Matt and everyone involved on track. They want to be seriously competitive and they know what it will take to achieve that.
“The 100th Indianapolis 500 is going to be a special event and we will be doing everything we can to ensure we have the best preparation possible.
“I’m excited to be going to the Brickyard with Matt – and create our own history. I know what it is like to have that feeling – the Unser family made their history in 1992 when I was at Galles/KRACO when Little Al joined Big Al as the first father and son to have their faces etched on the Borg Warner trophy.
“Matt is a terrific young lad with plenty of talent and the right work ethic. He also is in the business for the right reasons. That is a pretty good foundation for us to build on – his breeding is not too bad either.
“I think the 100th Indianapolis 500 is a event everyone in the business wants to be a part of and to be going there with an exciting new team and a talented young driver with the name, Brabham, adds that little bit extra for me.”
MATT BRABHAM – DRIVER #61 PIRTEK TEAM MURRAY CHEVROLET:
“When we were putting this deal together obviously one of the biggest questions is, ‘who is your engineer?’,” said Brabham.
“There are so many variables, but there are not too many rookie drivers who would be disappointed heading into their first Indy 500 campaign with Andy Brown as their engineer.
“He has forgotten plenty more than I know at this point of my career and has tremendous respect in the paddock.
“We have a lot to get through and I cannot wait to get to work – whether that is in front of the laptop, in the simulator or on the racetrack. We only have one focus and that is doing the best job we possibly can for ourselves and everyone that has shown faith in us.”
BRETT “CRUSHER” MURRAY – OWNER PIRTEK TEAM MURRAY:
“I have never worked with Andy personally, but his reputation in the business is first class,” said Murray.
“Despite his many years in the sport I know he is genuinely excited about working with our team and having a positive influence on Matt (Brabham) as he enters this stage of his career.
“We are a young organization about to embark on an incredible journey and Andy is instantly an important part of that. He knows what it takes to win at the big race and knows all about history at the Speedway.
“It is also pleasing to have this relationship in place so a real plan can be put together and built on day-by-day.
“It is also cool that the creation of PIRTEK Team Murray will enable a person the calibre of Andy Brown, who has devoted his entire adult life to the sport, the chance to be a part of the 100th Indy 500 – a place he deserves to be.”
STEVE MOORE – TEAM MANAGER – KV RACING TECHNOLOGY:
“Andy has done so much in the sport and we believe he will be the perfect fit for a young talent like Matt (Brabham),” said Moore.
“Our relationship with PIRTEK Team Murray has opened the door and it will be great to have an engineer of his experience in pitlane with us.”
MARCH 13 – ST PETERSBURG FLORIDA: PIRTEK Team Murray and the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation have created a unique program that will see six military service veterans and first responders from across North America molded into a pit crew for this year’s 100th Indianapolis 500 celebrations in May.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) worked with Team Murray and the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation to create the concept and WBHE will be using the pit crew program to launch American Sniper: The Chris Kyle Commemorative Edition Blu-ray on May 3.
The pit crew will be housed in Indianapolis for the 10 days leading up to the event and will be trained and coached by some of the sport’s leading fitness and movement professionals, including Pit Fit’s Jim Leo.
Training complete, they will then be the entry crewing the PIRTEK Team Murray #61 Chevrolet entry into the TAG Heuer Pit Crew Challenge on Coors Lite Carb Day, Friday May 27, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The program was officially launched today by Kyle’s wife and PIRTEK Team Murray ambassador – Taya Kyle – at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg in Florida, the opening round of the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Taya, the wife of Chris Kyle and best selling author of American Wife, was joined by PIRTEK Team Murray founder, Brett “Crusher” Murray, driver of the #61 PIRTEK Team Murray Chevrolet, Matt Brabham and former Navy SEAL, David Rutherford, who was announced as the first member of the CK Crew.
Rutherford, who is based in Florida, served eight years in the Naval Special Warfare Community, leaving the services in 2003.
He works as a motivational speaker with many of the world’s biggest companies under the banner of Team Froglogic, using his SEAL training to develop the competitive edge for those organizations.
An advocate for the recognition and treatment of PTSD among the military community, he is also a regular podcaster and radio host, Performance Coach, musician, poet and author who has published three books, including the best selling Self Confidence.
The remaining five members of the crew have been personally selected by Taya Kyle and will be announced during the coming weeks.
The remaining five members of the crew, a mixture of first responders, active military service personnel and veterans, have been personally selected by Taya Kyle and will be announced during the coming weeks.
The CK Crew concept was born from Chris Kyle’s appreciation for the teamwork that pit crews display in going about their job.
It was the one thing about motorsport that stood out to him some years ago when first attending a NASCAR race – Chris taking the time to speak with the crew, commenting at the time that the precision, toughness and the ability to work as one for the common goal reminded him of his military unit.
Funds raised through the program will be used by the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation to build programs that allow military service, veteran and first responder families to reconnect post-deployment.
The six CK Crew Members and Supporters will be included in a host of experiences including a ride in a two-seater IndyCar, being the guests of honor at a team dinner, team-bonding go-kart challenge with Matt Brabham, team hospitality and being included in the pre-race activities on the grid as guests of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Foundation will be using the Indianapolis 500 and other major Verizon IndyCar Series events throughout the year as a basis to allow military and first responders to re-engage and enhance their family units.
PIRTEK Team Murray will field a car in this year’s 100th Indianapolis 500 for Matt Brabham, achieving the milestone of seeing the Brabham family becoming just the third family to have three generations compete in the race.
The US arm of Australian founded PIRTEK Fluid Systems has taken the naming rights of the team which has a technical partnership with KV Racing Technology, who won the Indy 2013 with Tony Kanaan.
WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY:
DAVID RUTHERFORD – CK CREW MEMBER – FORMER NAVY SEAL:
“I can’t wait for this competition and am so thankful to Taya, the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation and PIRTEK Team Murray for giving me this opportunity,” said David Rutherford.
“We’ll be using plenty of SEAL Team thinking come the TAG Heuer Pit Stop Competition on May 27 and I think that with the team we are putting together with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and the support of the military community on that Memorial Day Weekend – we can be unstoppable!”
TAYA KYLE – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CHRIS KYLE FROG FOUNDATION:
“The whole experience with PIRTEK Team Murray has been a pleasure and it is wonderful that we have been able to bring the CK Crew program to life,” said Taya Kyle.
“Chris was so impressed with the dedication and talent of the pit crew during an up close experience at a NASCAR race. He could relate to the pit crew where each member of the team had their specialty and relied on the others to do their work, injured or not, with no excuses, no mistakes and intense speed in order to ensure success of the mission.
“I am sure the six members of the CK Crew and their partners will have an experience they will never forget, but also the hundreds of other worthy recipients we intend to involve around the country. It is a great chance for supporters of the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, our military and first responders to get involved as a donor to the CK Crew.
“Not only will they have an awesome experience right across the Indy 500 weekend, their donations will allows us to assist many families that have done so much to support and serve our country over many years.
BRETT “CRUSHER” MURRAY – OWNER, PIRTEK TEAM MURRAY:
“When we established the relationship with Taya (Kyle) and the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, we already had this program in the pipeline and we are delighted that with the initial help of Warner Bros. Entertainment and some partners we have made it a reality,” said Murray.
“The opportunity we have created for six companies to become involved in this specific program and be part of our team and support the CK Crew is something truly exciting. It gives those who invest in the program the chance to donate to one of the most high profile military, veteran and first responder-supporting Foundations in the United States.
“We have to thank Warner Bros. Entertainment for their support and their vision to use this program to launch the limited edition Blu-Ray of American Sniper which will be available in stores around the country in May!”
JAY FRYE – INDYCAR PRESIDENT OF COMPETITION AND OPERATIONS:
“All of us at the Verizon IndyCar Series are proud to support the CK Crew program, which will be a great addition to the TAG Heuer Pit Stop Challenge this May.
“Honoring members of the military is one of many traditions at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and we’re thankful to PIRTEK Team Murray, Warner Brothers and Taya Kyle for their efforts in putting this program together.”
ABOUT AMERICAN SNIPER: THE CHRIS KYLE COMMEMORATIVE EDITION:
On May 3, fans of director Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” will have the opportunity to revisit the acclaimed drama and learn even more fascinating details about the real American war hero Chris Kyle and the Navy SEALS he fought with. “American Sniper: The Chris Kyle Commemorative Edition” arrives as a two-disc Blu-ray from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment featuring a special commemorative disc with 60 minutes of brand-new bonus content, including revealing in-depth documentaries narrated by Bradley Cooper. “American Sniper” stars Cooper as Chris Kyle, whose skills as a lethal sniper and qualities as a human being made him a hero both on and off the battlefield.
A two-time Oscar® nominee for his work in “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle,” Cooper stars alongside Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Jake McDorman, Cory Hardrict, Kevin Lacz, Navid Negahban and Keir O’Donnell.
Oscar®-winning filmmaker Clint Eastwood (“Million Dollar Baby,” “Unforgiven”) directed “American Sniper” from a screenplay written by Jason Hall, based on the book by Chris Kyle, with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice. The autobiography was a runaway bestseller, spending 18 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, 13 of those at number one.
The film is produced by Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan. Tim Moore, Jason Hall, Sheroum Kim, Steven Mnuchin and Bruce Berman served as executive producers.
“American Sniper: The Chris Kyle Commemorative Edition” will be offered on two Blu-ray discs in double elite case packaging for $24.98 SRP.
ABOUT THE CHRIS KYLE FROG FOUNDATION;
The Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, www.chriskylefrogfoundation.org, is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to serving military and first responders through meaningful interactive experiences that enrich family relationships. Founded and led by Taya Kyle, Chris’s wife, the foundation is entrusted to shepherd a community where the successes and struggles of these families can be shared. Its programs and partners reflect the service excellence that these individuals and families provide in service to their communities and country.
ABOUT PIRTEK TEAM MURRAY:
PIRTEK Team Murray has been established to provide an opportunity for Matt Brabham to compete in the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis (May 14) and the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 (May 29). The team, owned by Australian motorsport media entrepreneur, Brett “Crusher” Murray will be operated using a racecar prepared by KV Racing Technology. Australian-founded fluid transfer solutions specialists, PIRTEK will use PIRTEK Team Murray to continue its drive to build its franchise base in the US market.
AUSTRALIAN LEGEND VERN SCHUPPAN ON BOARD AT PIRTEK TEAM MURRAY
Australian motorsport legend, Vern Schuppan, has given his “stamp of approval” to PIRTEK Team Murray’s entry for this year’s 100th Indianapolis 500 and its rookie driver Matt Brabham, becoming part of the team’s inner sanctum at the May 29 event.
Schuppan will lend his vast experience to the team in an effort to help Brabham become just the second Australian to win Rookie of the Year honors after his own achievement in 1976.
Schuppan, an Adelaide resident, qualified three times for the Indy 500 and was third in 1981 – the best result for an Australian until Will Power finished second to Juan Pablo Montoya last year.
Ironically, 1981 was the year that Matt’s father Geoff made the first of his 10 Indy 500 appearances and finished fifth.
Just two years later Schuppan would win the famous Le Mans 24-hour race in the Rothmans Porsche 956 with Hurley Haywood and Al Holbert.
Schuppan spent time with Matt Brabham and PIRTEK Team Murray owner, Brett “Crusher” Murray at the opening round of the V8 Supercars Championship in his home city of Adelaide, South Australia today.
Brabham was back in Australia this weekend to compete in the Stadium Super Trucks support events at the Clipsal 500 – where he finished third overall – and will be back in the US for media and team commitments at the opening round of the Verizon IndyCar Series in St Petersburg, Florida next weekend.
The third generation Brabham enjoyed many stories of days gone by in his time with Schuppan, with the legend passing on many valuable words of advice to the 22-year-old.
Aside from coming perilously close to victory at Indianapolis, Schuppan spent time in Formula 1 – finishing fifth in his first F1 race for Marlboro BRM in the 1972 Gold Cup at Oulton Park, following that up with fourth at Brands Hatch in another non-Championship round.
Schuppan also won the Macau Grand Prix on two occasions (1974 and 1976) for Teddy Yip’s iconic Theodore Racing, contributing two of Theodore’s record seven Macau GP victories.
Schuppan is one of the many greats that have thrown their support behind PIRTEK Team Murray’s tilt at the 100th Indy 500, and he relished the opportunity to meet with Matt and discuss his preparations for the biggest single-day event in world sports.
While keeping a close eye on the PIRTEK Team Murray operation, Schuppan will also be actively involved in the 100th Indy 500 celebrations as a guest of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY…..
VERN SCHUPPAN – AUSTRALIAN MOTORSPORT LEGEND
“We have been friends with the Brabham family for many years through racing and I have followed Matt’s career with interest over the last two or three seasons,” said Schuppan.
“It was fantastic to see him get his break with the formation of PIRTEK Team Murray.
“Matt is about to enter the next exciting stage of his career and it is terrific that he will be making his debut at the 100th running of the event.
“The next couple of months will be a bit of a blur for him, but he is smart enough and has a genuine desire to be successful in American open-wheel racing.”
MATT BRABHAM – DRIVER – PIRTEK TEAM MURRAY
“You look at Vern’s record, he’s one of the very few Australians that have achieved success in Formula 1, IndyCar and in Sportscar racing,” said Brabham.
“It is great to have him here with us in Adelaide this weekend. He is so well respected on the international stage. To have him pass on some of his knowledge and advice and for him to accept our invitation to be part of our program is enormous.
“At PIRTEK Team Murray we’re extremely fortunate to be surrounded by so many people that have had an involvement in IndyCar and other forms of motorsport over the years.
“I’m lapping up every piece of advice and I’m sure it will all come in handy at various stages during the Month of May.”
BRETT ‘CRUSHER” MURRAY – OWNER – PIRTEK TEAM MURRAY
“For the true Australian motorsport fan, Vern Schuppan stands out as one of the absolute greats of the sport,” said Murray.
“I have known Vern for several years and he has always been very generous with his time and thorough with his interest.
“We asked him if he would like to be included as part of our program and he was genuinely excited about the opportunity.
“We’re very thankful for Vern taking time to come and meet with Matt and have a chat about the Indy 500, while he was in Adelaide and we cannot wait to see him on the grid with us in May.
“Since day one of launching the PIRTEK Team Murray program, we’ve wanted it to be accessible and for everyone to be part of it.
“I don’t think Vern has ever received the genuine accolades he deserves in Australia. The fact he was the highest placed Australian at Indy until last year, when you consider the talent of the Australians that have been there since, shows you how much of a challenge the Indy 500 is.”
Australian-founded Fluid Transfer Solutions company, PIRTEK is the naming rights partner to PIRTEK Team Murray through its 58 strong USA franchise model.
The team has a relationship with the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation as its Official Foundation. It was launched in honor of the American Sniper, Chris Kyle. Kyle’s wife, Taya, is the team ambassador.
A special announcement regarding PIRTEK Team Murray and the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation is due to take place at the opening round of the Verizon IndyCar Series next weekend at St Petersburg, Florida, with Taya Kyle and representatives from the Series.
PIRTEK Team Murray will take part in the Angie’s List Grand Prix (May 12-14) and then will head straight into practice for the Indianapolis 500 beginning May 16, with the race to take place on May 29.
ABOUT VERN SCHUPPAN
Schuppan was 1971 British Formula Atlantic Champion, made 10 Formula 1 World Championship starts between 1972 and 1977 and a number of non-Championship F1 starts, finishing fifth on debut. He is a two-time winner of the Macau Grand Prix in 1974 and 1976.
Vern made 32 IndyCar starts between 1973 and 1989, including three appearances at the Indy 500 where he finished as Rookie of the Year in 1976 and finished third in 1981.
Ironically, Schuppan’s third place finish was the best by an Australian in the Indy 500 until Will Power finished second to Juan Pablo Montoya last year.
Schuppan also made four starts at the Bathurst 1000 with a best finish of fifth with Dick Johnson in 1978.
- 1971 British Formula Atlantic Champion
- 5th in Formula 1 debut for Marlboro BRM (non-Championship) in 1972
- 10 Formula 1 World Championship Grand Prix starts between 1972 and 1977
- 7th at the German Grand Prix in 1977 Best Finish
- 2 time Macau Grand Prix winner – 1974 and 1976 for Theodore Racing
- 3 starts at the Indianapolis 500
– Rookie of the Year in 1976
– 3rd in 1981
- 32 race starts in IndyCar (CART/USAC)
- 14 Le Mans 24 Hours starts between 1973 and 1989
– 1st in 1983 with Hurley Haywood and Al Holbert
– 2nd in 1982 with Jochen Mass
– 3rd in 1975 with Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
- 1976 Formula 5000 Rothmans Series Champion
- 4 race starts in the Bathurst 1000 between 1976 and 1981 – 5th in 1978 with Dick Johnson
SOCIAL AND OTHER NETWORKS:
PIRTEK Team Murray Chevrolet IndyCar pilot, Matt Brabham joined celebrations to mark the 100-Day Countdown to the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 today in the Indiana city.
The 21-year-old stood alongside three-time event winner, Helio Castroneves, former pole-sitter Ed Carpenter and fellow American young gun, Josef Newgarden as Indianapolis Motor Speedway CEO, Doug Boles, the Mayor of Indianapolis Joe Hogsett and Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson celebrated the 100 days to go milestone at the Indiana Statehouse.
The event was part of a series of events in Indianapolis and at the New York Stock Exchange that started on the Yard of Bricks at Midnight local time to mark the 100 days to go.
Brabham and PIRTEK Team Murray will mark the 100 day countdown in their own unique way.
The third generation racer has been busy around Indianapolis photographing himself with milestones to count down to one. Every day, through PIRTEK Team Murray’s Social Media outlets, it will post a new image taken by Brabham
“100 days to go…it adds a new level of intensity to the program,” said Brabham. “The entire PIRTEK Team Murray outfit has been working overtime to get ready and now you can say the countdown is really on.
“When the days get down to milestones like this, you know the clock is ticking – I’m confident the guys will be ready for action and to be honest, I just can’t wait to get myself in that racecar and start the testing program.”
Team Owner, Brett Murray said arriving at the 100 day milestone adds a new level of intensity.
“Without doubt the pressure is on us,” said Murray – affectionately known as ‘Crusher’ in the industry. “With 100 days to go we’re really pushing to get all the elements in play and it really reinforces how quick this is coming up.
“We’re working night and day to find additional partners to join PIRTEK on our program. We’re putting together one of the most exciting programs ever to go to Indy with one of the most dynamic young talents in the world in Matt Brabham.
“The team we’ve put together around Matt is second to none – starting with our technology partner – KV Racing Technology – who won the race in 2013,” Murray added.
“It’s great that IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway see the value in PIRTEK Team Murray and Matt – along with his family’s story of starting three generations in the race to include us in all the activities in and around Indianapolis – particularly this momentous day.
“We think the fans will love our Countdown from 100 and hope that we will have plenty along for the ride come the Month of May when we start our quest at the Angie’s List Grand Prix and then get into the practice and qualifying for the 500 itself.”
PIRTEK Team Murray holds a technical partnership with 2013 Indy 500 winners, KV Racing, owned by Australian entrepreneur, Kevin Kalkhoven and 1996 IndyCar World Champion, Jimmy Vasser.
Matt Brabham will create further history in May when his family joins the Andrettis and Vukovichs to enter three generations into the race. Matt’s father, Geoff started the ‘500 10 times, his Grandfather Sir Jack four.
The American arm of PIRTEK Fluid Transfer Solutions is the major sponsor of the team and is utilizing the program to raise awareness of its unique franchising system.
PIRTEK Team Murray holds a partnership with the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation that was launched in the name of American Sniper, Chris Kyle to provide experiences allowing military service, veteran and first responder families to re-connect post deployment. The Foundation’s Executive Director, Taya Kyle is PIRTEK Team Murray’s Official Ambassador.