- George Kurtz returns to CORE autosport LMP3 entry for Rolex 24 At Daytona
- The CrowdStrike Falcon to ride on CORE entry, D-Motorsports LMP3 in Prototype Challenge
- Full activation, hospitality programs on-tap for Daytona guests
AUSTIN, Texas – Jan. 7, 2022 – CrowdStrike Racing and George Kurtz, co-founder and chief executive officer of CrowdStrike, will open the new racing season at the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Kurtz, a race-and championship-winning driver in multiple sports car categories, will begin 2022 by competing in two events at one of the world’s greatest road-racing weekends.
Kurtz and CrowdStrike Racing are set for competition in the first race of two International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) series, including the 24-hour Rolex 24 Race in the premier WeatherTech SportsCar Championship January 29-30, and the IMSA Prototype Challenge on January 22. These events mark the kickoff of CrowdStrike’s activation and hospitality program around the Daytona festivities.
For the second time at Daytona, CrowdStrike will host a full complement of immersive experiential programs for guests and VIPs that will highlight how its racing accomplishments go hand-in-hand with the company’s industry-leading cybersecurity capabilities and tools.
CrowdStrike – a leader in cloud-delivered protection of endpoints, cloud workloads, identity and data – has redefined security with the world’s most advanced cloud-native platform that protects and enables the people, processes and technologies that drive modern enterprise.
Powered by the CrowdStrike Security Cloud, the Falcon Platform provides unprecedented levels of security to automatically stop data breaches and attacks like ransomware by protecting the most critical areas of risk: endpoints, cloud workloads, identity and data. The Falcon also is the dominant feature in the CrowdStrike Racing livery that will be present on both of Kurtz’s entries at Daytona. Just like his racing prototypes, the Falcon platform delivers superior performance at speeds that are unrivaled.
CrowdStrike and Amazon Web Services (AWS) also will hold the latest of their unique and highly innovative CXO Summits – a C-level cybersecurity discussion hosted by CrowdStrike and AWS executives which highlight the security issues facing organizations across a variety industries. At Daytona, CrowdStrike President of Services and Chief Security Officer Shawn Henry and Angelo Comazzetto, principal in AWS’ Office of the CISO, will lead the Daytona summit.
During the twice-around-the-clock race, CrowdStrike’s VIP guests will enjoy the comfort of one of Daytona International Speedway’s hospitality suites as well as experience activities at the IMSA WeatherTech Paddock Club, the Fan Zone and additional attractions.
A year after scoring a landmark victory in the 12 Hours of Sebring, Kurtz will return to the WeatherTech Championship competition with CORE autosport in the Le Mans Prototype 3 (LMP3) category for the Rolex 24. Kurtz will team with Colin Braun – his full-season teammate in the Fanatec GT World Challenge Powered by AWS – along with Jon Bennett and Nic Jonsson in the No. 54 Composite Resources/CrowdStrike Ligier JS P320.
It is the second consecutive start for Kurtz with CORE autosport, one of IMSA’s most successful teams. In addition to winning at Sebring, Kurtz and CORE placed second in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.
Kurtz will also drive for CrowdStrike Racing with D-Motorsports in a Ligier JS P320 LMP3 for a three-hour IMSA Prototype Challenge race as part of the Roar Before the 24 weekend at Daytona. The Prototype Challenge series is a proving ground for prototype competitors who wish to elevate their skills for competition in the WeatherTech Championship.
“I’m excited to be back at the world’s kick-off racing event at Daytona with Jon, Colin, our new teammate Nic and everyone at CORE autosport,” said Kurtz. “Last year we demonstrated the success we can achieve in IMSA’s biggest endurance events. We look forward to continuing our momentum with the Roar weekend, which gives us the opportunity to become familiar with the LMP3 car and the Daytona layout. I couldn’t think of a better way to start the 2022 racing season in the US than with the Rolex 24 events.”
The IMSA Prototype Challenge race runs from 12:05 p.m. to 3:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 22 and can be viewed on IMSA.com. The Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona starts at 1:40 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, January 29 and can be viewed on NBC, USA Network and Peacock. Follow #CrowdStrikeRacing on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn for updates.