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PIRTEK Team Murray partners with Chris Kyle Frog Foundation for Indy 500

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Following its announcement last week in Australia that “Crusher” Murray has partnered with KV Racing Technology to create PIRTEK Team Murray, for Matthew Brabham’s debut in the 100th Indianapolis 500 and Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis the race before, the team has also revealed a major partnership announcement today at the Performance Racing Industry trade show.

Here is the full release:

The Chris Kyle Frog Foundation has announced it will join forces with PIRTEK Team Murray for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in May 2016.

Established in 2014 in honor of the famed American Sniper, Chris Kyle, the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation is dedicated to serving military and first responders through meaningful interactive experiences that enrich family relationships.

Executive Director of the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation Taya Kyle was on hand in Indianapolis with driver Matt Brabham and team owner Brett Murray at the annual Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Show (December 10-12) to officially unveil the PIRTEK Team Murray Indy 500 entry on the Verizon IndyCar Series stand.

Taya Kyle was also announced as the team’s Official Ambassador, which will see her involved in a range of activities, including being the team’s guest on the pre-race grid on Sunday May 29 – Memorial Day Weekend.

The PIRTEK Team Murray effort will see 21-year-old Matt Brabham become just the third third generation driver to start the world’s biggest single day sporting event behind his famous grandfather, Sir Jack, and father Geoff, who made 10 starts in the world’s most famous motor race.

The team has naming rights sponsorship from international fluid transfer systems specialists PIRTEK, who will be using the Indianapolis 500 to launch the next phase of their business in the US. The team will have supply and technical alliance with KV Racing Technology, which won the Indy 500 in 2013 with Tony Kanaan.

The team will join with the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation to develop an integrated program serving military and first responder families in the lead up to the 500.

Ms. Kyle – the wife of American Sniper Chris Kyle and author of the New York Times best-seller, American Wife – welcomed the opportunity of becoming the team’s Official Ambassador.

“The Chris Kyle Frog Foundation is honored and incredibly excited to be a part of PIRTEK Team Murray and the 100-year tradition rooted in excellence that is the Indianapolis 500,” said Kyle.

“Team Owner, Brett Murray and many of those involved with PIRTEK Team Murray are close friends of my sister, Ashley and her family in Australia, we’re humbled that Brett has presented the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation this opportunity and look forward to working with the team to leverage our programs.”

PIRTEK Team Murray principal, Brett Murray welcomed the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation and Taya Kyle as part of his team.

“Since the Foundation was launched in November 2014 it has been very close to our business, but more importantly close to our heart in both the U.S. and Australia,” said Murray.

“The 100th Indianapolis 500 will be a special day for us, but I’m most proud that, in concert with the Foundation and PIRTEK, we’ll be able to make a difference to American service men and women using this platform.”

Matt Brabham understands the magnitude of having the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation as part of his racing effort at the 100th Indianapolis 500.

“Chris Kyle was an American hero,” said Brabham. “Everyone knows what sort of a gladiator he was, so to have Taya standing with us today is a real honor. Welcoming the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation and the military community along for the ride with PIRTEK Team Murray is something really special,” he continued.

The #61 PIRTEK Team Murray Chevrolet-Dallara will carry the spirit of Chris Kyle with it throughout the entire Month of May campaign as the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation logo will be on the car’s nose and cockpit as well as on all team uniforms and equipment.

IndyCar entry lists for Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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There are 25 drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series entry lists at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a few new yet familiar faces for the Oct. 2-3 race weekend.

Four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais will make his season debut in the No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet (shifting Dalton Kellett to the No. 41) with AJ Foyt Racing, which he is joining full time next season. James Hinchcliffe, who had run three races with Andretti Autosport, will return in place of Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda. Helio Castroneves will drive Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 7 Dallara-Chevy for Oliver Askew, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.

Sage Karam, who has two IndyCar starts this year at IMS (the road course on July 4 and the Indy 500 on Aug. 23), also will return to the series in Dreyer & Reinbold’s No. 24 Dallara-Chevrolet.

HARVEST GP ENTRY LISTS: Friday l Saturday

Friday and Saturday of the Harvest GP presented by GMR will mark the second and third races this season on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. While the July 4 race on the circuit was 80 laps, Friday’s distance is 85 laps, and Saturday will be a 75-lap event.

Championship leader Scott Dixon led 26 of 80 laps to win the July 4 race at the IMS road course. With three races remaining in the series, the five-time series champion enters with a 72-point lead on Josef Newgarden.

Click here to see who’s on the IndyCar entry lists in Race 1 and in Race 2 for the Harvest GP presented by GMR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.


START TIMES AND TV INFO FOR INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE (all times ET):

Thursday

IndyCar NTT Series practice: 2:25-3:40 p.m., NBC Sports Gold

IndyCar qualifying, Race 1: 6:20 p.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

Friday

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 1: 3:30 p.m. (green flag, 5 p.m.), USA Network, NBC Sports Gold

Saturday

—IndyCar qualifying: 10:20 a.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 2: 2:30 p.m (green flag, 2:31 p.m.)., NBC, NBC Sports Gold