MARCH 13, 2016 – ST PETERSBURG, FL: 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 DVD of American Sniper which will be available in stores around the country on May 29 – race day!”
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.
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