CrowdStrike Launches 2021 GT Racing Campaign at Sonoma Home Event
- Home event for Official Internet and Cloud Security Provider for SRO America
- ‘Win As One’ mantra rings true in business and on racetrack
- Three CrowdStrike Racing entries to challenge for 2021 championships
- Strong support of Operation Motorsport a cornerstone for program
- Watch a livestream of the races with commentary at crowdstrikeracing.com/sonoma
SUNNYVALE, Calif. (March 1, 2021) – CrowdStrike is set to begin its 2021 campaign in SRO Motorsports America this weekend at one of the best possible places: home.
Sonoma Raceway is the site of the opening rounds of competition for the various SRO America series. Three of them will see California-based CrowdStrike as a proud participant: Fanatec GT World Challenge America Powered by AWS, GT America Powered by AWS and TC America Powered by Skip Barber Racing School.
That’s not all: the Sonoma weekend marks the beginning of CrowdStrike’s fourth season of commercial participation in SRO America. As the Official Internet and Cloud Security Provider for Fanatec GT World Challenge America Powered by AWS, CrowdStrike has a platform to showcase its selection of security tools in a highly coveted environment.
CrowdStrike supplies its award-winning Falcon platform to all SRO worldwide entities, giving them the ultimate in endpoint and cloud-workload security for its cloud-based resources and assets. The Falcon also is the dominant feature on all CrowdStrike Racing entries in SRO America competition, another point of leverage that racing provides to tell the CrowdStrike story.
The success of the Falcon platform and the rest of its cybersecurity toolbox netted CrowdStrike numerous industry awards including 2020 Best Security Company from SC Media.
CROWDSTRIKE & DXDT: WIN AS ONE
CrowdStrike is more than a provider of Internet and cloud security tools; it also is a partner of its customers and clients to achieve victory and find solutions in the rapidly evolving world of cybersecurity. In that sense, both provider and client are one team with one goal: stopping cyber-attacks and breaches, and closing vulnerable online entry points. Success means the groups “Win as One.”
In the same way, CrowdStrike and DXDT Racing team together with the goal to Win as One in SRO America. DXDT, based near Charlotte, prepares and operates three racing entries for CrowdStrike Racing. The 2021 season marks the third year of the CrowdStrike and DXDT partnership, and the combination has proven to be a championship-winning one. A year ago, CrowdStrike/DXDT entries claimed nine victories and one class championship… truly an example of how to Win As One.
In addition to business honors for 2020, CrowdStrike also claimed competition championship glory in 2020. The goal for this season is simple: more race wins, more championships.
George Kurtz and Colin Braun lead the CrowdStrike Racing effort in Fanatec GT World Challenge America. For the third consecutive year, they will drive the No. 04 CrowdStrike/AWS/DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 for a full season effort. A year ago, Sonoma was the site of the duo’s first double-podium weekend with two runner-up finishes in GT World Challenge. This weekend, they’ll race in a pair of 90-minute races – one Saturday and one Sunday. Kurtz will also compete in GT America in a separate No. 04 CrowdStrike/AWS/DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3.
“We are ready for this challenge,” said Kurtz, who won three times in 2020 alongside Braun. “The CrowdStrike and DXDT teams have made great progress in our offseason testing program. Colin and I were close to an elusive Sonoma victory a year ago. Pursuing a clear victory is something I definitely want to achieve this season, and we’re putting in the work to make it happen.”
The Sonoma round last summer was the second of 2020 for CrowdStrike and DXDT Racing following the four-month lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It set Kurtz and Braun on a championship challenge that eventually resulted in a second-place championship finish in SRO America’s premier series.
“After we returned to racing after last year’s lockdown, we really found our groove,” Braun said. “I feel like Sonoma was a weekend where we showed we were ready to take the next step as championship contenders and put all the pieces together. It’s great to open the season at a track like Sonoma, so hopefully we can start out our year with a home victory for CrowdStrike. Everyone has been putting in a lot of effort in the offseason to make that happen.”
In another highlight of 2020, CrowdStrike Racing’s Kevin Boehm landed the TCA Championship in Touring Car America. A runner-up finish at Sonoma a year ago catapulted him to the Drivers title and Rookie of the Year honors in the category.
He’ll return to Sonoma but is stepping up to the TC category in his No. 9 CrowdStrike/AWS/DXDT Honda Performance Development Civic Type R TC to compete in two 40-minute races.
“This is where our campaign started to turn for the better last season,” Boehm said. “Sonoma is a great challenge for both driver and car. It takes a finely-tuned racecar to be successful there so I will have to learn the new car quickly. I’m confident the CrowdStrike/AWS/DXDT HPD Civic Type R TC will be up to the task, but we’ll have to wait until we’re in California to see its full potential.”
TOOLS FOR THE JOB
The collaboration between CrowdStrike and Amazon Web Services will play a large front-facing role in SRO America. As Global Official Cloud Provider, Global Official Machine Learning Provider and Global Technology Provider of SRO Motorsports, AWS is in a unique position to help SRO with logistics, data collection and cloud storage – the latter a key team-up area for AWS and CrowdStrike.
Among the benefits to fans is the unique “Race Vision” program, powered by AWS. It allows the series to display performance data from cars on the track in the form of informational graphics to fans on SRO America’s event live streams or television broadcasts on CBS Sports Network.
That’s not the only area where CrowdStrike and AWS will work together at Sonoma. With much of the racing industry still operating in a limited capacity due the ongoing pandemic, the two organizations will continue to hold virtual CXO Summits for at least the first half of the season, including at Sonoma.
The CXO Summit is an opportunity to bring together CrowdStrike and AWS leadership with Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) to discuss emerging trends and threats that will shape the future of Internet and cloud cybersecurity. It’s a unique, private business-to-business opportunity pioneered by CrowdStrike.
The virtual experience extends to the track, as well. CrowdStrike and AWS again are combining to present exclusive live streams and other special pieces of video content on CrowdStrikeRacing.com, along with once-a-month sim racing events with the CrowdStrike Cup Virtual Racing League.
Another key relationship that CrowdStrike, AWS and DXDT Racing are proud to continue in 2021 is the one with Operation Motorsport. A not-for-profit, OpMo provides a chance for veterans to use their skill sets in a variety of areas including paddock operations, car and tire prep, marketing, social media and other key areas that are part of a racing program.
In 2020, a pair of military veterans – Army Staff Sgt. Chad Failing and Army Staff Sgt. William Babineau – were part of the CrowdStrike Racing team on Boehm’s No. 9 CrowdStrike/AWS/DXDT Honda Civic Si effort for a bulk of the season. Among his many roles with Operation Motorsport throughout the season, Staff Sgt. Babineau was part of a triple-win weekend with Boehm at Road America in addition to Boehm’s championship-clinching weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Operation Motorsport will continue to embed its beneficiaries with CrowdStrike Racing in 2021, starting with the race at Sonoma. Operation Motorsport will also be hosting its iRacing Winter League race on March 2, 8pm EST at youtube.com/operationmotorsport.
Saturday, March 6 and Sunday, March 7: Watch the livestream of CrowdStrike Racing’s GT World Challenge, GT America, and TC America races at crowdstrikeracing.com/sonoma!
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ABOUT DXDT RACING
DXDT Racing LLC is a high-performance sports car racing team founded by team principal David Askew in 2014 and located in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Team’s primary focus is on GT3 and GT4 racing in North America. The team has fielded cars in various racing series such as SRO’s World Challenge GT America Powered by AWS, IMSA’s Michelin Pilot Challenge, and Lamborghini’s Super Trofeo series. Although the team is young, DXDT is comprised of a group of highly experienced professionals with championship winning backgrounds.
ABOUT OPERATION MOTORSPORT
Operation Motorsport is a veteran-led and -operated, 501(c)3 Not-for-Profit, based in Brighton, Ontario, Canada; and Raleigh, North Carolina serving Canadian & American service members and veterans. It was founded on the basis of three simple words: Excite, Engage and Empower. The premise is to engage ill and injured Service Members and veterans affected by military service, through Motorsport activities to aid in their recovery and rehabilitation.