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.