NASHVILLE (August 9, 2021) – CrowdStrike and CrowdStrike Racing were at the forefront of the debut of the Music City Grand Prix on the streets of Nashville. As part of GT America Powered by AWS’ participation in the inaugural IndyCar event, CrowdStrike played a leading role on the weekend as both a competitor and promotional participant.
The first-year event showed itself to be a dazzling showcase of speed in one of America’s most vibrant cities. CrowdStrike’s participation added to that luster with highly visible activation programs designed to provide its VIPs and guests access not only to some of the fastest race cars in all of motorsport, but also cybersecurity’s preeminent leaders and minds.
In short, mission accomplished.
THE ACTIVATION EXPERIENCE
CrowdStrike’s activation program at Nashville featured premium guest experiences and exposure to leadership from CrowdStrike and Amazon Web Services (AWS). Fourteen executive-level thought leaders from various companies were part of CrowdStrike’s VIP group that participated in a number of exclusive programs, including a cybersecurity roundtable and weekend access to an open-air suite right on the IndyCar and SRO pit lane.
At the forefront was the year’s first CXO Summit – the ground-breaking initiative that brings cybersecurity leaders together with executives from CrowdStrike and AWS to discuss trends and areas of opportunity within the industry.
Shawn Henry, Chief Security Officer of CrowdStrike and President of CrowdStrike Services; and Angelo Comazzetto, Principal in the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer for AWS led discussions focused on challenges facing organizations in cybersecurity. CrowdStrike Racing drivers George Kurtz, CEO of CrowdStrike; and CJ Moses, Deputy CISO of AWS, added their perspectives with guests throughout the weekend.
As Official Internet and Cloud Security Provider for SRO’s Fanatec GT World Challenge powered by AWS, CrowdStrike is uniquely positioned to lead roundtable conversations on best practices to combat online threats and breaches.
For example, the company supplies its award-winning Falcon platform to all SRO worldwide entities. Falcon provides an unprecedented level of security by stopping data breaches with a complete set of cloud-delivered technologies that prevent attacks from malware to more critical invasions. The Falcon is the dominant feature on all CrowdStrike Racing entries in SRO America competition, another point of leverage that racing provides to tell the CrowdStrike story.
In addition to the CXO Summit, CrowdStrike guests and VIPs experienced premium trackside hospitality and programs. Guests had the opportunity to give the start command and wave the green flag for GT America Powered by AWS races.
A dinner with racing legend Mario Andretti along with photo and autograph opportunities, added extra value for VIPs. SRO Motorsports also played a significant role in the CrowdStrike trackside guest experience.
GT AMERICA POWERED BY AWS
CrowdStrike Racing’s Kurtz, Moses and David Askew each posted top-10 finishes in the second of two 40-minute races to close out the GT America Powered by AWS championship weekend.
The Nashville circuit was a unique environment with 11 turns covering 2.17 miles. The race course took drivers by Nissan Stadium (home of the NFL Tennessee Titans) and over the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge into downtown Nashville.
Kurtz, driving the No. 04 CrowdStrike/AWS/DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3, recorded the team’s best finish in Nashville with a fourth-place result in Sunday’s single-driver race. It came after a seventh-place showing in Saturday’s event that ended in the Nashville dusk.
He gained five spots from the start of Sunday’s race to maintain second place in the GTA Drivers Championship standings.
Moses posted a pair of eighth-place results in the No. 58 CrowdStrike/AWS/DXDT Mercedes-AMG. Sunday’s effort saw him move up two positions but two lengthy full-course caution periods stymied his march – as well as Kurtz’s. Sunday’s race had more than 25 minutes of yellow flag conditions.
Askew, in the No. 63 CrowdStrike/AWS/DXDT Mercedes-AMG GT3, continued the trend of moving up through the field. He was the big mover on the team by gaining nine spots from the grid to place ninth overall and third in GT America’s Masters category.
CrowdStrike Racing returns to SRO Motorsports America competition at Road America from Aug. 27-29.