SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Following its most successful weekend as part of SRO America and GT World Challenge powered by AWS, CrowdStrike and the CrowdStrike Racing program head to one of the highlights on the race calendar in hopes of adding not just to its collection of trophies for 2020, but also its advantage in the GT World Challenge America Pro-Am Drivers’ Championship.
CrowdStrike Racing enters the event weekend leading in SRO America championship points. George Kurtz and Colin Braun sit first in the GT World Challenge America Pro-Am Drivers standings in the No. 04 CrowdStrike/AWS/DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 by a single point. So far in 2020, the pairing has a victory and four other podium finishes.
The historic Road America road course in Elkhart Lake, Wisc., is an annual favorite among drivers in the SRO championships. That includes the four CrowdStrike Racing drivers that will contest eight races across three distinct categories in GT World Challenge America Powered by AWS and Touring Car America: Kurtz and Braun, plus Touring Car drivers CJ Moses and Kevin Boehm in separate CrowdStrike/AWS Honda Performance Development (HPD) Civics.
CrowdStrike Racing drivers accumulated six trophies during the most recent race in Sonoma – the biggest haul of hardware on a single weekend since CrowdStrike began its participation in SRO America in 2017.
The goal in Wisconsin is to continue that run of success toward a championship challenge by season’s end. It would establish CrowdStrike as a leader on track to go along with its business role as Official Internet & Cloud Security Provider for GT World Challenge.
TOURING CAR AMERICA
Like nearly every venue on the condensed 2020 calendar, Moses and Boehm will get their first taste of Road America in a top-level racing environment with three Touring Car America races on the weekend.
Both CrowdStrike drivers reached the podium in their respective categories at Sonoma. Moses is eager to carry on the progress from California.
“I’m understandably excited for Road America,” Moses said. “I feel like Sonoma represented a step forward for our CrowdStrike/AWS/DXDT effort with the HPD Civic Type R TCR. I had my fastest race of the year to end that weekend so the comfort in the car is coming. Road America gives us a great opportunity to take another leap and challenge for more podiums and more points in a very tough, competitive TCR field.”
After a pair of fourth-place finishes to start the Sonoma event, Boehm showed the potential of the first-year No. 9 CrowdStrike/AWS HPD Civic Si program in the weekend’s final race. He started second, led the race and posted a season-best, runner-up result.
Like his teammates, he understands how big of a thrill Road America can be.
“Road America is one of those tracks that makes your eyes light up,” Boehm said. “It has everything a driver could ask for: long straights, heavy braking zones and a great mix of corners with varying speeds. It’s difficult to get everything right on a single lap because of the length of the track, but that makes it really rewarding when you achieve it. We are working to establish our CrowdStrike/AWS TCA program as a contender for race wins and a championship. I fully believe we can take another big step toward that this weekend.”
OPERATION MOTORSPORT SUPPORT
CrowdStrike Racing and Boehm continue their support of Operation Motorsport at Road America. As has been the case at previous SRO America events this season, two military service members will be part of Boehm’s CrowdStrike/AWS/DXDT HPD Civic Si program. It’s an opportunity for CrowdStrike to aid those who have made sacrifices of their own.
Operation Motorsport veterans are full-fledged members of race teams and help in a number of areas including crew duties, tire preparation and tuning.
Operation Motorsport is a veteran -led and -operated, 501(c)3 Not for Profit, based in Brighton, Ontario, and Raleigh, North Carolina that serves Canadian and American service members and veterans. The program was founded on the basis of three simple words: Excite, Engage and Empower. The premise is to engage ill and injured Service Members and veterans affected by military service, through motorsport activities to aid in their recovery and rehabilitation.
The GT World Challenge Powered by AWS and TC America championships will return to action at Road America on Aug. 27-30. For more information on the series, and to watch the live GT races with commentary by CJ Moses, Kevin Boehm, and Kyle Heyer, visit the new crowdstrikeracing.com.