- Team planning full-season title challenge in WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
- CrowdStrike by APR sees with successes to date in 2023 LMP2 competition
- Team eyeing additional races at Le Mans, in Asia for 2024
AUSTIN, Texas (Sep 6, 2023) – With two races still to go in this year’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, CrowdStrike by APR (Algarve Pro Racing) is already looking ahead with plans for a full-season Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) entry in 2024.
The team has submitted for a spot on next year’s grid with George Kurtz set as the first driver for 2024. IMSA will confirm the full-season field at the Petit Le Mans season finale.
Kurtz’s first season in LMP2 competition with APR has been outstanding with a victory in IMSA’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, a class runner-up finish in the Rolex 24 At Daytona and pole positions at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and Road America. Additionally, he and teammate Ben Hanley stand third in the LMP2 Drivers Championship after four points-paying events.
This season, Kurtz, as part of a three-man team, has also earned a Pro-Am class victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for APR. Along with a return to IMSA, a primary goal for the CrowdStrike by APR program in 2024 is a trip back to France and another start in the French endurance classic.
In addition, a campaign in the Asian Le Mans Series – at tracks such as Sepang (Malaysia), Dubai and Abu Dhabi – is in the plans for the CrowdStrike/APR partnership.
The next event for CrowdStrike by APR is IMSA’s TireRack.com Battle on the Bricks on Sept. 15-17 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
George Kurtz, CrowdStrike by APR Driver: “It has been an epic first year with CrowdStrike by APR with a race win, pole position and a championship-contending team. I’m looking forward to our return to the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and building on this year’s solid results. Thank you to Stewart Cox and all the team at CrowdStrike by APR for their effort, and I look forward to another season in 2024.”
Stewart Cox, Team Principal, Algarve Pro Racing: “We’re pleased to be moving the CrowdStrike-Algarve Pro Racing partnership forward. It’s logical to continue our relationship because we’re all here to win and that’s exactly what we have done, most notably taking the LMP2 Pro-Am victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans while also landing wins, two podium finishes, two pole positions and a fastest lap in our first full season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, to also earn the VP Racing Fuels Front Runner Award for heading the standings midway through the year. In fact, we’ve led more laps than anybody – 481 in total – to this point of the IMSA season and I think the way we’ve combined resources will ensure we continue to perform at the highest level.
“There’s no doubting that CrowdStrike Racing by APR has been a big success in a very short time and has already shown it’s one of the teams to beat in the fight for the IMSA title, and it has also been fantastic to see George (Kurtz) improve ten-fold as a driver. We’re all very dedicated and our end goal is to win races and championships, and there’s a huge desire to defend our Le Mans victory.”
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