Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Today Andrew did a promo at his local NAPA Parts store during a tool day event that featured NAPA representatives from all over Southern California. The event was also the first time Andrew got to promo his new sponsor Million Energy who provided all those in attendance with their great energy drink that comes in regular and sugar free. Andrew also gave away NAPA hats signed autographs and shared information on NAPA products. The event saw close to seventy five people and lasted for around 4 hours. For more information on Million Energy please visit their Myspace page here Million Energy
Friday, September 26, 2008
Bill McAnally Racing and Andrew Murray joined forces to promote their sponsor NAPA AUTO PARTS in
Bills team setup one of their team cars in the parking lot on the corner with Andrew setting up under 2 easy-ups closer to the store entrance. The #20 car from the Bill McAnally stable is in first place in the points in the NASCAR Camping World series, while Andrew Murray is 2nd in points in the National Stars of Karting series which attracts racers from all over the world, including
The store gave away free hot-dogs and soda for lunch to their customers, while Andrew signed autographs and gave away hats and T-Shirts. This was race weekend for
One week later Andrew traveled back up to
At the airport on Andrews return flight that night, Andrew was asked for his autograph by the airline customer service representative, and then with only 25 people getting on the plane, half watch NASCAR and also wanted Andrews autograph. It was a great ending to an awesome two weeks of promotions.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
During Fridays practice sessions Andrew’s crew just couldn’t give him the car he needed to get around the track until the final session of the day. In the final session the Napa sponsored, MCR powered Birel car jumped to P3. Finally the crew had given Andrew a car he could drive.
On Saturday during the qualifying run Andrew’s brakes failed taking him from a possible pole position to P7. It was a great disappointment, but Andrew knew that he could drive to the front despite this finish.
There were three heat races, but starting on the third row of each heat was a challenge. In the first heat race Andrew worked his way up to fifth, after giving up two positions in turn one to avoid a crash and a possible DNF. In the second heat the 02 car spun in turn one collecting the 01 car and Andrew. Andrew kept the engine running and drove from 11th to 7th to gather more points towards the mains. The third main was almost without incident and Andrew finished a respectable fourth.
Andrew had gathered enough points in the three heat races to start the mains on Sunday in P4. Being on the outside row in cadet racing generally guarantees the loss of several positions after turn 1, but in the first main Andrew drove the car in deep and only lost one position to come out of turn 2 in fifth.
In the next 12 laps Andrew worked his way up to the lead.
While leading the race with two laps to go the 74 car drove around Andrew on the front straight and took the lead. Andrew took a defensive line as he had to beat the third place car (Trent Hindman) to close his points chase for the championship. This allowed the 74 to get away and win the race, but it was more important to close the point’s gap as the 74 was not in the race for the championship.
Fifteen minutes before the start of the second main, the skies opened up and it started to rain heavily. At the green flag, Andrew drove it in deep again and managed to stay in 4th position coming out of turn 2. With the
rain coming down Andrew took ten laps to get up to second position by which time the leader Trent Hindman driving the #64 car had pulled out by a second and a half. Despite gaining on Hindman in the closing laps, Hindman had gained too much of a lead for Andrew to catch him.
Andrew has put the Napa sponsored, MCR powered Birel on podium every race he has finished in, at the Stars of Karting, this year.
With just two races left in the season, Andrew is only 30 points behind Trent Hindman for the National Championship.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Andrew Murray spent Friday May 24th from 10am till 1:30pm doing a promo for
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Andrew spent Tuesday April 29th at a luncheon for Rancho Damacitas, a charity Andrew raised over $1,600 for during the last six months.Rancho Damacitas is a local charity providing long term and residential services for abused and neglected children from the ages of 6 to 18 and focuses on getting them ready for foster care, reunification, or life on their own. The luncheon was to thank contributors to the charity and Andrew was given a plaque to honor his contribution to the Charity
gives Andrew a Plaque to
thank him for his donation
Monday, April 28, 2008
After 6 practice sessions on Friday Andrew’s fastest was lap 1:06.2
and his 2nd fastest lap 1:06.3 which was far quicker then the 2nd
place car whose fastest lap was 1:06.65 and 2nd fastest of 1:07.0
Andrew had the fastest lap time in practice to earn P1 in qualifying
and should have been in the last group out but due to a mix-up on
the grid the fast group was sent out first and Andrew became the
track sweeper. He still managed to put it on pole in the group but
ended up P3 after the second group.
In the first main Andrew knew before the green flag was dropped
that his kart was over stuck to the track and by adapting his
driving style he managed to take a top ten go-kart and take an 8
second lead over 3rd. Despite not having a kart to win the race
Andrew tried to take the lead in the last lap finishing .1 behind
Trent Hindman with an 8 second lead from the 3rd place car and
a 10 sec lead from the 4th place.
Not having luck on Andrew’s side Andrew gridded up for the 2nd
main when the ignition module failed internally making the engine
sound like it was 4 cycling the entire 12 laps causing the engine not
to advance. Andrew was able to lead for 7 of the 12 laps during lap
8 Trent Hindman took the lead and won by .12 in front of Andrew
with Andrew finishing 6.5 second in front of the 3rd place car and
8 sec in front of 4th place.
Andrew was able to change his driving style and maintain a
competitive position even with go-kart problems.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
With the help of one of my sponsors NAPA Auto Parts we raised $1,612 through T-shirt sales at local businesses over the past six months. The money was raised for Rancho Damacitas a local charity providing long term and residential services for abused and neglected children from the ages of 6 to 18 and focuses on getting them ready for foster care, reunification, or life on there own. The money was presented on March 25, 2008 at the
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Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Friday April 4th 2008 I Tested several axles and setups to get the
right combination for Saturday. I was P1 with a 41.98 in the forth
session - the only Cadet to get into th 41's. all weekend. Saturday
April 5th 2008 we rolled out our best setup and I won pole with a
42.13, .14 quicker than second place.
During the three heats I won
the rain race, with two second place finishes by .004 and .005 in
heats one and three. Starting on pole in the first main in the rain, the
car behind me drove over the top of me in turn one, killing the
engineand spinning me out of the race. Starting on pole for the
second main, my visor slammed shut and locked down so it
fogged up and I could not see for 16 of the 18 laps. I drove by
looking for the rumble strips and by memory of the track and
finished third by only .2 second. The Napa/Birel MCR powered
kart performed flawlessly and was an incredible asset to the
finishes accomplished. One win, two second,
I am Andrew Murray I started racing at the age of 5 years old. I won my very first race which has fueled my passion for racing. I race using Birel Karts and with the wonderful help of NAPA auto parts. The class I race in Stars of Karting is the premier and most competitive classes in karting. Racing is my passion and will be my career. I will use this blog to keep people informed on my racing progress and my stats throughout the season .