WATKINS GLEN – Over the weekend, three CrowdStrike/AWS-branded entries supported by DXDT Racing earned accolades at the Watkins Glen International road course in New York. The highlights included a double-podium weekend for Kevin Boehm and his No. 9 CrowdStrike/AWS/DXDT Racing Honda Civic Type R TC. Two second-place finishes in the HPD machine helped Kevin retain his second-place standing in the TC America Championship points. The defending TCA Rookie of the Year had been struggling to reach the podium in recent races but has returned to form at The Glen.
DRIVER QUOTE | Kevin Boehm | TC America
No. 9 CrowdStrike/DXDT Honda Performance Development Civic Type R TC
“Watkins Glen was a really good event for us we’ve struggled for the last couple of events, and we’ve finally got to the bottom of a couple of the things that were holding us back. Our two second-place finishes really show the progress that we’ve made and we still have a little bit of work to go to move up to the next step of the podium. It’s really fortunate we’re going to Florida in two weeks so we don’t have much time to think about what we could have done differently, but we can put our heads down and just focus on the next race. We just need to improve the car, improve myself, and we’ll find that extra little bit we need to start winning races again this season.”
Another major highlight of the weekend was Mercedes-AMG driver Erin Vogel’s pole position, her first in SRO America. She and co-driver Michael Cooper were able to convert the pole to a podium finish, taking third place on Saturday’s Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS in their No. 19 CrowdStrike/AWS/DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3. The Pro/Am duo earned a top-five finish in Sunday’s race, which featured live commentary by Boehm and SRO pit reporter, Kyle Heyer, on the crowdstrikeracing.com livestream.
The GT World Challenge lineup was completed by the No. 63 Pro/Am pairing of Dave Askew and Ryan Dalziel in the silver and red CrowdStrike/AWS/DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3. Though the longtime driving pair didn’t find their way to the podium this time due to a series of repairs, they left the Glen with two top-ten finishes and a few on-track battles to be proud of.
The weekend was an opportunity for CrowdStrike’s partner, Operation Motorsport, to honor the honor the victims, the families, and survivors on the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Together with SRO Motorsports America and Watkins Glen International hosted Patriot Day activities, which included free or discounted entry for active-duty military or veterans. The events included a car corral, a meet-and-greet, and pre-race activities to memorialize the anniversary.
The next SRO race for CrowdStrike drivers is at Sebring, Florida, October 1-3. Follow CrowdStrike Racing on social media for updates and photos!
Read the official team press release at DXDTRacing.com.
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