- Efforts of CrowdStrike Racing, DXDT Racing and Operation Motorsport pave way for winning weekend in SRO Motorsports America
- Second win in Fanatec GT World Challenge America Powered by AWS for Kurtz/Braun
- Boehm victorious for second time in TC America Powered by Skip Barber Racing Schools
- Successful debut for Moses in GT America Powered by AWS
- Virtual CXO Summit a highlight of CrowdStrike business programs
AUSTIN, Texas (May 5, 2021) – Teamwork was the name of the game for CrowdStrike Racing at Circuit of The Americas, site of SRO Motorsports America’s second event for 2021. A series of challenges over the racing weekend gave way to a complete team effort that provided more memorable results – and victories – for CrowdStrike.
Through two events this year, the new level of collaboration between DXDT Racing, the technical insight from Amazon Web Services and continued contributions from Operation Motorsport – all with CrowdStrike as a focal point – has been evident. It is a combination that pushes the mantra of “Win As One.”
The results showed on Sunday as inclement weather on Saturday gave way to brilliant sunshine and warmth in central Texas.
Just like Sonoma Raceway to start the season, CrowdStrike Racing came away with multiple victories in SRO Motorsports America. George Kurtz and Colin Braun claimed their second win of the year in the premier Fanatec GT World Challenge America Powered by AWS, while Kevin Boehm won for the second time in TC America Powered by Skip Barber Racing School.
In addition, Kurtz impressively drove his way through the field in Sunday’s GT America Powered by AWS race, which also saw CJ Moses make his first start in 2021.
CrowdStrike Racing scored two victories Sunday to bring its 2021 total to six following four triumphs at Sonoma to open the season.
Kurtz and Braun were victorious with their No. 04 CrowdStrike/AWS/DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the second of two Fanatec GT World Challenge America races. It marked their second win of the season and solidified their hold on second place in the championship’s Pro-Am category. It also erased a bad taste from Saturday’s rained-soaked race in which Kurtz and Braun placed fifth in class. Storms midway through played havoc on the field, and the race ended 10 minutes early under red flag conditions.
Braun began Sunday’s race under sunny conditions from the fourth position in class but suffered contact at the first corner, which resulted in slight damage to the front of the CrowdStrike/AWS/DXDT Mercedes-AMG. He soldiered on through the first 50 minutes in fourth before making the hand-off to Kurtz for the race’s mandatory driver and tire change.
The DXDT crew gained the No. 04 Mercedes-AMG a spot during the pit stop before the race’s only full-course caution period. It brought Kurtz to the lead pack as the race began with 28 minutes remaining. The restart was one to remember as he overtook the first- and second-place cars on the same lap to win by 11.243 seconds.
“Great job by the team,” Braun said. “We had a tough week. We had a really fast car Friday but had to go to a back-up car. The DXDT guys did a great job getting it ready; it was no small feat. Saturday was a mess with the weather and all the changing conditions. I’m really happy to come through Sunday and get the win. Certainly George drove an amazing stint. He’s worked really hard at the craft and it shows. Starts, restarts… we’ve talked about that a lot. That’s where it happens. He was able to get by on the restart and then just put his head down. Seeing him hold off some Pro cars was pretty darn cool. I’m really proud of George and proud of the guys.”
Kurtz also made a strong comeback in Sunday’s GT America Powered by AWS race in another No. 04 CrowdStrike/AWS/DXDT Mercedes-AMG GT3. He drove from 19th at the start to finish fourth and retain his championship lead after sweeping the Sonoma rounds to start the season.
Forced to start near the rear after completing just one lap Saturday, Kurtz gained 10 positions on the opening lap Sunday and moved into the top-10 before a full-course caution on the second lap. He gained three more spots after the restart for his final finishing position.
CJ Moses also represented CrowdStrike, AWS and DXDT Racing in the GT America race behind the wheel of the No. 58 Mercedes-AMG. Like Kurtz, he began Sunday’s race at the end but made tremendous progress. He picked up 10 spots on the first two laps, another after the restart and three more to finish ninth.
“I was happy to get my first race under my belt,” Moses said. “It didn’t go exactly to plan, but my whole effort at this point is to get out there, get lap and seat time, learn and get better each time. I’m looking forward to VIR. It’s my home track, so I know it well. Now if I can spend some time in the Mercedes-AMG, I think I’ll be able to at least stay with the pack and see if we can work our way toward the front.”
Boehm’s weekend performance kept him in the early-season Touring Car championship lead with the No. 9 CrowdStrike/AWS/DXDT HPD Civic Type R TC. He won for the second time in 2021 Sunday with a strong run from third at the start.
Boehm was aggressive from the start, obviously confident in the DXDT-supported HPD Civic after changes from Saturday’s race. He took second position just before the slow hairpin turn before the backstraight, and then moved to the lead for good with another pass under hard braking at the end of the straight.
By the halfway point, his lead was more than a second, and his winning margin of victory was 5.295 seconds.
“We never stop trying to find the next little thing that will make us go faster,” Boehm said. “That goes for on the track and off the track. We keep improving things behind the scenes in how our crew is working. We keep finding little things with the car that makes it drive better and the tires last longer. It’s all these little things that by themselves you don’t notice, but when they add up it makes for a huge result.”
Boehm’s weekend began with a hard-fought, fourth-place finish Saturday on a wet track. Boehm had to drive through the field after going off-track to avoid a spinning car on the third lap but steadily gained track position to sixth before a full-course caution with 14 minutes left in the race.
The green flew with six minutes left, and Boehm made the most of the opportunity to advance two more spots.
“Walking away with a top-five in the first race – P4 – in those conditions, I’m happy with that,” Boehm said. “This weekend overall has picked up where we left off at Sonoma. Hopefully we can carry that momentum forward the rest of the season.”
CrowdStrike’s belief in the power of a team isn’t limited to the racetrack. That philosophy also forms a significant part of the CrowdStrike brand – that online protection works best when provider and customer work as one unit. Just as a racing team has drivers, mechanics and engineers – all experts in their field – so does CrowdStrike in the arena of cybersecurity.
The brand’s influence also stretches beyond its own racing activities. As Official Internet and Cloud Security Provider of SRO’s Fanatec GT World Challenge Powered by AWS, CrowdStrike works with SRO Motorsports America to protect scores of proprietary information such as team and driver medical and financial records, technical data, and video and digital content.
The heart of CrowdStrike’s at-track team approach starts and ends with DXDT Racing. Together, they work toward 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.
THE TOOLS FOR THE JOB
The collaboration between CrowdStrike and Amazon Web Services continues a large front-facing leadership 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.
THE VIRTUAL ACCESS
CrowdStrike’s Virtual CXO Summit and wine tasting was another unqualified success with high levels of engagement from attendees and the summit’s hosts: Shawn Henry, President and CSO of CrowdStrike Services; and Angelo Comazzetto, Office of the Chief Information Security Officer, AWS.
At select SRO Motorsports America events, CrowdStrike and AWS hold virtual meetings that bring together CrowdStrike and AWS leadership with CISO luminaries 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, and this year’s summits continue to build on the successes of previous virtual CXO meetings during the last year.
The virtual experience extends to the track, as well. CrowdStrike and AWS again presented an exclusive live stream of the two Fanatec GT World Challenge America races with Boehm and Moses adding valuable insight from their experience in the cockpit throughout the weekend.
CrowdStrike’s library of video content on CrowdStrikeRacing.com continued to expand, along with the once-a-month sim racing events via the CrowdStrike Cup Virtual Racing League.
Key to the weekend’s collective efforts was the contribution of Operation Motorsport to the CrowdStrike, AWS and DXDT Racing operations. 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.
For the Austin weekend, CrowdStrike Racing hosted four service members as part of its ranks. Staff Sgt. William Babineau (Ret.) and Staff Sgt. Katrina Williams were part of the effort on the No. 04 CrowdStrike/AWS/DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3. In TC America, Sgt Cody Reinecker (Ret.) and Chief Master Sergeant (Ret.) Craig Neri each helped to crew Boehm’s No. 9 CrowdStrike/AWS/DXDT HPD Civic Type R TC to victory.
It continued a proud tradition of CrowdStrike supporting veterans and the Operation Motorsport program. Two OpMo beneficiaries were part of Boehm’s TCA championship campaign in 2020. CrowdStrike also is a proud part of American Corporate Partners (ACP), which provides CrowdStrike mentors for service members looking to transition to the private sector.
In addition, CrowdStrike is a partner with HireMilitary to provide meaningful internship experiences to service members exiting the military via the DoD SkillBridge program.
CrowdStrike Racing’s next event in SRO Motorsports America takes place June 4-6 at Virginia International Raceway.
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ABOUT DXDT RACING
DXDT Racing is a high-performance sports car racing team founded in 2014 by team principal David Askew and located in Statesville NC. The Team’s primary focus is GT3 and Touring Car racing in North America. DXDT is a provider of turnkey racing support and delivers customized racing solutions for its clients and sponsors. DXDT is a performance driven team comprised of highly experienced racing professionals capable of delivering wins and championships, including ten wins in GT World Challenge and a Rookie of the Year in 2020 alone. 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.
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