- CrowdStrike ready to make impact at inaugural Music City Grand Prix
- In-person CXO Summit to resume with CrowdStrike, AWS executive remarks
- Kurtz, Moses and Askew set for two races in GT America Powered by AWS
SUNNYVALE, Calif. (August 3, 2021) – CrowdStrike Racing and GT America Powered by AWS are ready to make beautiful music together during this weekend’s inaugural running of the Music City Grand Prix in downtown Nashville.
The first-year event is meant to be a dazzling showcase of speed in one of America’s most vibrant cities. CrowdStrike’s participation adds to that luster with activation programs that will give its C-suite guests access not just to some of the fastest race cars in all of motorsport but also cybersecurity’s pre-imminent leaders and minds.
Speaking of fast cars, CrowdStrike Racing and DXDT Racing will have a trio for the pair of 40-minute GT America races with George Kurtz, CJ Moses and David Askew set to tackle the streets of Nashville in their Mercedes-AMG GT3s. The races will count as rounds seven and eight in the inaugural championship.
WINNING THE CYBERSECURITY RACE
In addition to their stints on the racetrack, Kurtz and Moses will play significant roles as part of CrowdStrike’s commercial activities. Both will support this year’s first in-person CXO Summit – CrowdStrike’s ground-breaking and exclusive program that brings cybersecurity leaders together with executives from CrowdStrike and Amazon Web Services (AWS) to discuss trends and areas of opportunity within the industry.
The Nashville CXO Summit hosts will be Shawn Henry, President of CrowdStrike Services; and Angelo Comazzetto, Office of the Chief Information Security Officer for AWS. The weekend conversation on challenges facing organizations in cybersecurity also will include Kurtz, CEO of CrowdStrike; and Moses, Deputy CISO of AWS.
As Official Internet and Cloud Security Provider for SRO’s Fanatec GT World Challenge powered by AWS, CrowdStrike is uniquely positioned to showcase its methodologies and tools for combating online threats and breaches. The company supplies its award-winning Falcon platform to all SRO worldwide entities.
Falcon provides an unprecedented level of security by stopping data breaches with a complete set of cloud-delivered technologies that prevent attacks from malware to more critical invasions. 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.
In addition to the CXO Summit, CrowdStrike guests and VIPs will experience premium hospitality and the chance to meet former IndyCar and Indianapolis 500 winner Mario Andretti. Select CrowdStrike and AWS guests will have the chance to ride along with Andretti in the NTT IndyCar Series’ two-seater IndyCar in Nashville.
HITTING THE STREETS
This weekend’s two races in GT America Powered by AWS represent a unique experience for Kurtz, Moses and Askew: the opportunity to compete on a unique street course environment. The 2.17-mile, 11-turn Nashville layout will take racers by Nissan Stadium (home of the NFL Tennessee Titans) and over the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge into downtown Nashville.
“It is always exciting to race on a street circuit,” said Kurtz, who has won two races in the No. 04 CrowdStrike/AWS/DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 this season.
“That adds to the level of excitement we’re all feeling ahead of this new event in Nashville,” he added. “On the track, I’m sure it will be a completely different focus with a premium on driving smart and not making mistakes. We have seen that this is a very competitive championship so everyone – driver, crew and engineers – will have to execute to the best of our abilities in a new environment.”
Moses will pilot the No. 58 CrowdStrike/AWS/DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3. He is coming off his first full weekend in GT America at Virginia International Raceway with a pair of top-five finishes.
Like Kurtz he has a couple of street circuit races to his credit, most notably the Long Beach Grand Prix event in southern California.
“Street-circuit racing is one of the most exciting aspects of motorsports. I’ve certainly enjoyed the street races I’ve done,” Moses said. “The thing I like about it is that everything has to be as close to perfect as possible. There is no margin for error, and I think we are going into Nashville with good momentum from our weekend in Virginia. The circuit should be fantastic and the weekend will be one of the most dynamic of the year. I can’t wait.”
Askew will make his first start of the season in GT America Powered by AWS. The owner of DXDT Racing, Askew will pilot the No. 63 CrowdStrike/AWS/DXDT Mercedes-AMG GT3 – the same car and number he drives in Fanatec GT World Challenge Powered by AWS. The Nashville race will present a new challenge for Askew: his first event on a street circuit.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge of racing in the GT America race at Nashville,” Askew said. “The championship looks very competitive, as my two teammates George and CJ know all too well. Having two races on a street circuit multiplies that challenge even more. This is something I’ve always wanted to try. Street racing puts a premium on finding the limit of the car, the track and the driver, and the key is having those all work together in an arena where you can’t make mistakes. I’m personally excited about the opportunity.”
CrowdStrike Racing’s two events in GT America Powered by AWS at Nashville are scheduled for 7:25 p.m. CT on Saturday and 1 p.m. CT on Sunday.
More details can be found at https://crowdstrikeracing.com/nashville.
CrowdStrike® Inc. (Nasdaq: CRWD), a global cybersecurity leader, is redefining security for the cloud era with an endpoint protection platform built from the ground up to stop breaches. The CrowdStrike Falcon® platform’s single lightweight-agent architecture leverages cloud-scale artificial intelligence (AI) and offers real-time protection and visibility across the enterprise, preventing attacks on endpoints on or off the network. Powered by the proprietary CrowdStrike Threat Graph®, CrowdStrike Falcon correlates over 6 trillion endpoint-related events per week in real time from across the globe, fueling one of the world’s most advanced data platforms for security.
ABOUT DXDT RACING
DXDT Racing is a championship-winning, high-performance sports car racing team founded in 2014 by team principal David Askew and located in Statesville NC. Currently running in three of the four full-time race series under the SRO America umbrella, DXDT Racing is a performance driven team of highly experienced racing professionals, focused on strong execution and success. Providing comprehensive and essential services, DXDT Racing is a top-tier customer racing program, allowing drivers to fully focus on getting the most out of their on-track performance. Follow the team on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for race season updates.
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.
Photos by Brian Cleary