INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - In honor of the Memorial Day Weekend, historically, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indy 500 recognize our service men and women and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
This year, one IndyCar team is keeping with that tradition in a unique way.
PIRTEK Team Murray is entering a rookie crew of military veterans and first responders to compete in this year’s Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge.
The challenge is simple. The crew that can change all four tires and fuel the car as quick as possible wins the competition.
Joining forces with the team is the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation.
Taya Kyle, wife of fallen Navy SEAL, Chris Kyle helped select some of the veterans and first responders who make up the CK Crew.
Kyle said it is an honor to spend Memorial Day Weekend at the 100th Indianapolis 500 with this crew of heroes.
“It’s one of those things where you do it- You go one step in faith and you just hope for the best, but then it feels like it’s gone to a much deeper level and to me that’s cool, I think the bonds that they are forming here are gonna last a lifetime. I would not have thought that going in, but from what I’ve seen that will happen," said Kyle.
Two former Navy SEALS, firefighters from San Diego, Chicago and Indianapolis along with the most decorated New York City Police officer make up the team.
The CK Crew, named after Kyle will train for 30 hours before this Friday’s competition.
Driver Matt Brabham will start the number 61 PIRTEK Team Murray car in row 9 in Sunday’s 100th Indy 500.
The mission of the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation (CKFF) is to honor God, Country and Families who serve by providing experiences that strengthen military and first responder marriages and families.
CKFF’s signature program started with the launch of CKFF Revitalization Retreats, which are focused directly on supporting military and first responder marriages.
CKFF Revitalization Retreats provide service couples with experiences that provide new common ground, and then additional support resources designed to empower married couples with practical tools that improve communication and reduce conflict.
For more information on CKFF, click here.