STAVELOT, Belgium (July 10, 2023) – CrowdStrike and CrowdStrike Racing were at the forefront of the GT racing world during the weekend with the running of the CrowdStrike 24 Hours of Spa – the premier race on the SRO Motorsports global calendar.
In the first of a multi-year title sponsorship, the CrowdStrike 24 Hours of Spa drew a record 83,677 spectators to historic Spa-Francorchamps and multiple times more through online and television broadcasts around the world. The CrowdStrike brand was featured prominently around the circuit, conveying CrowdStrike’s leadership in stopping breaches.
CrowdStrike is the official internet and cloud security provider for SRO Motorsports’ global championships, and regularly hosts a premium experiential program for CrowdStrike customers at SRO events. CrowdStrike CXO Summits are networking events that allow CrowdStrike executives an opportunity to visit with VIP guests and to discuss trends and opportunities for cyber protection in a business-to-business environment.
Shawn Henry, CrowdStrike Chief Security Officer, and Angelo Comazzetto, Senior Principal, Office of the CISO at Amazon Web Services (AWS) led the discussions among the group of VIPs at the CXO Summit at the CrowdStrike 24 Hours of Spa. CJ Moses - CISO, AWS - also attended the event to add his expertise to discussions around cyber and cloud security strategies.
Guests were treated to the annual Spa 24 drivers and cars parade – which filled the city center with racing fans, – as well as premium hospitality at the SRO Paddock Club, track tours, CrowdStrike Racing meet-and-greets, competition on a variety of racing simulators and viewing the post-race podium celebrations - where CrowdStrike President Mike Sentonas presented the overall winners’ trophy - rounded out the full event experience.
On the racetrack, the No. 4 CrowdStrike Racing by Riley Mercedes-AMG GT3 led the event’s Pro-Am category in the opening eight hours of the race. The driving quartet of George Kurtz, Colin Braun, Felipe Fraga and Ian James drove their way from the rear of the field early and made up 20 overall positions in the first four hours – a testament to the driving, pit crew and engineering skills of the CrowdStrike by Riley program.
Unfortunately, the Mercedes-AMG lost significant time in the ninth hour and again inside the final seven hours before finishing sixth in class – but importantly completing the full race distance.
The No. 70 CrowdStrike Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO2 was driven by Gerhard Watzinger, Brendon Leitch, Kerong Li and Jean-Francois Brunot. The entry also competed in the Pro-Am category but retired in the first eight hours of the race.
The Spa race included another first: the CrowdStrike Fastest Lap award, which went to Tim Heinemann from the No. 20 Huber Motorsport team. It was presented during the trophy ceremony by CrowdStrike CXO Summit guest Florian Jörgens.
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