PIRTEK Team Murray was founded by Brett “Crusher” Murray with the sole purpose of creating an entry in the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 for young Australian driver, Matthew Brabham.
A leading provider of media, management, marketing, activation, hospitality and content through his BAM Group of companies, Murray had a boyhood desire to have his own team in the world’s greatest motorsport event and his passion has never waned.
He was also the founder of Speedcafe.com which has become one of the world’s leading motorsport news websites.
During his professional life he has worked with some of the biggest names and had the responsibility of building and protecting some of the world’s biggest brands and events.
Murray comes from humble beginnings where he left school and home at the age of 16 to pursue a career in journalism at the Wagga Daily Advertiser in regional NSW, Australia.
He moved back to his home town of Albury to continue his newspaper career before a life-changing move to Queensland’s Gold Coast in 1989.
In between, he joined the Australian American Football squad for a world tour as a 19 year-old rookie and after a training camp in Carson in Los Angeles under former LA Rams Super Bowl coach Ray Malavasi, forced his way into the starting line-up as a defensive lineman.
It was during this tour that he earned his universal nickname of “Crusher” after some bigger than normal hits on some opposition players. Despite talks of trials for a college scholarship, Murray decided to stick with his chosen profession of journalism.
Within a couple of years of being on the Gold Coast he had established his own PR company, which became heavily involved in the running and organisation of the Surfers Paradise CART/Champ Car race which he helped become the most successful open wheel race in the world outside of the Indy 500.
It was in 1993 that he was provided with an opportunity to attend the Indy 500 for the first time and he was instantly “hooked” by its enormity and history.
He moved to the US in 2000 to manage the media and marketing requirements of Bruce McCaw’s PacWest CART team, where he looked after former F1 drivers Mauricio Gugelmin and Mark Blundell as well as young Kiwi Scott Dixon who went on to win the Indy Lights Championship that year.
PacWest did not compete at the 500 that season because of the existing split in US Open Wheel racing, but Murray attended the race as a guest of Juan Pablo Montoya, who subsequently won the race as a rookie.
Opportunities were taken whenever they presented themselves to attend the race, but became an annual pilgrimage about 10 years ago.
He was with his mate Dan Wheldon when he won the race in 2011 before he was tragically killed in Las Vegas at the end of the season.
The next year he proudly stood on the row of bricks with his great friend Dario Franchitti after he won his third 500 – the two wearing white-rimmed glasses in honor of their mate Wheldon.
A year later he cheered his buddy Tony Kanaan, who collected his first win in the 500 for Australian Kevin Kalkhoven.
Murray moved back to the US and established BAM North America in 2008 to be involved with Marcos Ambrose and his continuing NASCAR career which he had been involved with on many levels.
He was was the Communications Manager at Stone Brothers Racing when Ambrose won this V8 Supercar titles in 2003 and 2004 and when Russell Ingall achieved his crown in 2005.
Through this period he was also associated with the development of the Team Australia Champ Car team and provided some foundation for the career of fellow Australian Will Power – he travelled to the US in 2014 for the final two rounds of the IndyCar Series to witness Power clinch his first championship.
BAM Tours was created in 2007 to develop boutique tours which could take advantage of Murray’s contacts and experience and give guests experiences they could not get with any other tour business. BAM will have a group of 50 guests at the 2016 Indy 500.
Speedcafe.com was launched in 2009 and now has more than 30 million page views a year placing it among the leading motorsport news sites in the world.
Murray has continued to develop his public relations and marketing arms while at the same time creating BAM Vision, which is the group’s TV and video production asset, which continues to grow on a daily basis.
All of the BAM Group’s assets will be used in the development, promotion and activation of PIRTEK Team Murray.
Murray continues to live on the Gold Coast with his wife of 19 years, Trudi, and their 15 year-old son Maximilian, who was able to enjoy his first Indy 500 in 2016 on the sidelines.