July 11th, 12th and 13th
Shawano Wisconsin another success and 2nd
During the Friday practice
sessions, Andrew was on top of the leader board for three of the five practice
sessions. During the first two practice sessions in the rain Andrew was a full
second faster than any other kart. Saturday morning warm up was a repeat of
Friday having Andrew on top of the leader board yet again. For qualifying in
Stars of Karting you have to put on new tires that are issued by "Parc Ferme".
On our qualifying laps the car was practically impossible to handle and Andrew
had to tap the brakes at almost every corner, even in the large sweeper. The
reaction the car had to new tires had us totally baffled. Andrew qualified 7th
overall, which was quite a good achievement for an un-driveable go-kart.
Starting in seventh position in a cadet race is a matter of survival as several
wrecks will occur in the first few laps and especially in the last two to three.
Andrew was caught up in several excursions onto the grass and
was only able to accumulate enough points to start in 11th in the main. We were
still puzzled over our problem with the car, and after several calls Dave
Thompson from DPK suggested we measure the hardness of the tires. We borrowed a
Durometer and measured the hardness of the tires on 6 cars overall. The softest
compound measured 42 with Andrews tires measuring 55, that solved our problem.
Andrews tires were 30% harder than the kart that qualifyed on pole. Starting in
eleventh in the main Andrew was able to uccessfully avoid several wrecks in
front of him and finish on podium in second position. What a drive, from 11th to
2nd with hard tires. Andrew proves that he is the driver to beat.
Andrew is still second in points in the national
standings, only 30 points out of first
Andrew flew to Ocala and on Friday, April 4th
2008, tested several axles and setups to get the right combination for
qualifying on Saturday April 5th. Andrew was the quickest car on the track with
a 41.98 in the forth session - the only Cadet to get into the 41's. all weekend.
Saturday we rolled out our best setup and Andrew won pole with a 42.13, .14
quicker than second place. During the three heats Andrew 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 Andrew drove over the top of
him in turn one, killing the engine and spinning him out of the race. Starting
on pole for the second main, Andrew's visor slammed shut and locked down so it
fogged up and he could not see for 16 of the 18 laps. He 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, one third.
Giving Back to the Community
Andrew has realized that his fortune
allows him to give something back to kids
who are Less fortunate. Last year,
2007, he has begun a fundraiser for
Rancho Damacitas with a personal goal of
presenting Rancho Damacitas
with a check to help there operation, and on
18th he was able to do just that
and persisted them with a check for $1642 .
Andrew continues to give and is hoping to raise another $2000 for the charity in
School is Always
Despite his dedication to a motor racing
career, Andrew dedicates
himself to his schoolwork every day. His B+ average
despite the fact that he misses over 90 days per year of
fulfilling his grueling schedule of racing both in the United Kingdom
and the United States.
The future-dreams and
Andrew has chosen possibly the hardest
career to develop into. To achieve the
dreams of driving in the upper levels of Motorsports requires complete
dedication not only personally but mentally as well.
The dedication is not only applied at the
track but off the track as well. You have to be focused upon racing and keeping
the sponsors interested, you have to be presentable and be able to represent
your sponsors product.
Tough lessons at 11 years old.
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
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.
Stars of Karting Miller MotorSports April 27
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
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 only 0.1seconds
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 ignition system not
to advance. Andrew was able to lead for 7 of the 12 laps when 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.
Andrew would like to give a special thanks to
Findlay Signature Lincoln Mercury in Las Vegas,
for repairing our F350 in record time to enable him
to be at Miller Motorsports in time to compete in the
Stars Of Karting race held there April 25th-27th, 2008
ANDREW HONORED FOR CHARITY WORK APRIL 29TH 2008
2008 SEASON OPENER - STARS OF KARTING
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.
May 24th Indy NAPA Promo
Andrew Murray still fastest West of the
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.
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
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.