After clinching their championships at the previous SRO America event in Sebring, Fla., Kurtz and Boehm each put a bow on their dominant seasons with weekend sweeps to give each driver 10 victories on the season.
Kurtz, CrowdStrike co-founder and CEO, swept GT America races on the same weekend for the fourth time this season and won five straight races to close his year.
Friday, Kurtz had to drive through the GT3 field from the back of the grid and overcame a 10-second deficit in his No. 04 CrowdStrike/AWS Mercedes-AMG GT3 to take the lead with 11 minutes to go. He went on to win by 16.248 seconds.
There were more good laps Sunday as Kurtz led from green flag to checkered flag to move into double-digits for victories.
“It’s a little easier starting the race from the front, I wanted to have fun and clear the traffic!” Kurtz said. “While the pressure wasn’t on after winning the championship at Sebring, we wanted to end the season with a strong finish. Those were good laps you’ll remember over time.
“It certainly was a great year with a great team from Riley Motorsports for CrowdStrike Racing,” he added. “They gave me a great car all season. We’ve had some ups and downs in some other series, but overall we did really well. We showcased our talents and a strong team effort. It was just a breakout season.”
Also in GT America, CJ Moses completed his first season in GT2 by winning the class Driver Championship with the No. 58 CrowdStrike/AWS Audi R8 LMS GT2. At IMS, he recorded his eighth trouble-free race – a successful development campaign for the GT2-spec Audi. His best result of the weekend came Friday with a season-best, fourth-place overall finish.
“This car is a blast,” Moses said. “The long straights play to its extra horsepower. GMG Racing set up a perfect car for this track. I was able to go out and run the whole race in qualifying mode – qualifying laps after qualifying laps. The tires fell away just a little bit at the end, but other than that it was great.”
SRO GT2 cars have significantly more power than GT3 and GT4 entries but less downforce. That meant the grip on the chilly IMS surface – Sunday’s track temperature started at 45F – was particularly low but Moses was able to weather the challenge.
Boehm closed the season by finishing on the podium in all 14 races in his No. 9 CrowdStrike/AWS Honda Performance Development Civic Type R TC. Indianapolis was another strong showing for Boehm with the pole positions and fastest race laps for each contest.
Boehm also won in TC America at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the third time in two years.
“This has been a year I’ll never forget,” Boehm said. “I can’t thank the Skip Barber Racing School enough for prepping the car all year. We were only on the podium every race because of reliability all year, first and foremost. Getting CrowdStrike and AWS on the top step of the podium for both races this week. We have guests here today so I’m happy to give them someone to celebrate. Thanks to everyone that puts this together and gives us a chance to come out here and be successful. The future for me is to try and do this again.”