Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Million Engery/NAPA Promo 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

Northern California Promos

Bill McAnally Racing and Andrew Murray joined forces to promote their sponsor NAPA AUTO PARTS in Tracy, California on September 12th 2008. Andrew drove the nine hours from his home in Temecula California and met up with the McAnally team to setup the promotion.

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 Australia, South America and Europe.

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 Tracy, California as the second last race of the season was to be held Saturday night at Altamont Raceway, which is in Tracy.

One week later Andrew traveled back up to Northern California to work with Bill McAnally Racing for another promotion. This time it was at a Fuddruckers in Citrus Heights Friday September 19th , this promo was held during a car show with classic cars. During the promo Andrew walked around and handed out fliers to all people in attendance and talked to them about NAPA battery's.

Andrew also handed out signed posters and hats. All the kids were allowed to sit in Andrew's shifter car and have their photo taken, which is always a big hit with the parents.

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

August 22-24 Kent Washington

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

Indy Promo

Andrew Murray spent Friday May 24th from 10am till 1:30pm doing a promo for NAPA at the NAPA D.C. center in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Promo was cut short due to rain but it went exceptionally well with numerous people coming up to talk with Andrew and take pictures with him.`On Saturday May 25th Andrew did another promo for NAPA in Newcastle, Indiana from 10:30am to 1:30pm. Even though the store in New castle is set back from the road we still had a great number of people who came to meet Andrew. The manager at the store who just took over the store several months ago said she knew several people in Newcastle didn’t even know there was a store in the city. To overcome this we set Andrew up on the edge of the road so as people drove by they could see our setup. The promo went better then expected and was a great experience for all in attendance.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

May 10th Napa Promenade Mall Promotion

Andrew Murray spent Saturday May 10th, doing another successful promotion for Napa Auto Parts, at the Promanade mall in Temecula, CA. It was the opening weekend for the new movie "Speed Racer" and as the promotion was held outside the entrance to the Edwards theater, the crowd was beyond expectation. Andrew signed autographs and hats, showed off NAPA parts and products. The team also had a camera setup so that kids could have there photo taken in one of his winning karts. At the busiest times we had so many people at the booth it was impossible for us to take pictures of the crowed around the booth. During these busy times, even with two photo printers, we were only just able to manage the large number of kids wanting to get a photo in Andrews kart, with some of them wanting two photos, one for their parents and one for their grandparents, a photo that futures NAPA's logo that will for sure stay with them for years to come. The promotion was a hugh success for Napa. Literally hundreds of people either took a part of Napa home with them, or were given discount promotional packets for future use.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Kids Helping Kids

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

Clifford Nunn fromRancho Damacitas
gives Andrew a Plaque to
thank him for his donation

Monday, April 28, 2008

Stars of Karting Miller MotorSports April 25 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.