Trophy-Winning Weekend for CrowdStrike Racing at COTA

11 March 2020

AUSTIN, Texas – CrowdStrike Racing began its 2020 SRO America competition season in strong style with multiple podium finishes in two categories of racing at Circuit of The Americas over the weekend.
 
George Kurtz, Colin Braun and Kevin Boehm each claimed trophies in CrowdStrike Racing entries before a large number of CrowdStrike supporters and guests, many of whom participated in CrowdStrike’s CXO Summit and premier hospitality program at COTA. In addition, CJ Moses made his highly anticipated debut in a Honda Civic Type R TCR, giving CrowdStrike followers plenty of content to cheer on and follow.
 
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Kurtz and Braun experienced their best weekend as a pairing in the No. 04 CrowdStrike/AWS Mercedes-AMG GT3. A year on from their first race in GT World Challenge together, the two showed championship-contending form throughout with consecutive runner-up finishes at COTA. 
 
Provisionally, Kurtz and Braun are tied for the GT points lead following the opening weekend.
 
“What a fantastic start for everyone at CrowdStrike and AWS,” Kurtz said. “Thanks to Colin and DXDT Racing for such great teamwork and effort all weekend. Our expectations were high for our second year with Mercedes-AMG. The execution was strong all weekend. Like in the world of cybersecurity, we know that every second counts on the racetrack. That helped deliver a satisfying weekend for our race team, our sponsors and guests.”
 
Following a damp and challenging qualifying session Saturday, Kurtz drove his way from seventh at the start of the 90-minute race and into fourth at the exit of the first corner.
 
A past champion in GTS competition, Kurtz found the balance of the new Mercedes-AMG GT3 to his liking. He took third on the fourth lap and held that position until the mandatory pit stop and driver change after 40 minutes. The CrowdStrike/DXDT Racing crew executed an excellent pit stop to get Braun out ahead of the second-place entry as the young Texan rejoined in the runner-up position.
 
Braun, who was the quickest driver in Friday afternoon’s practice, showed good pace and consistency with the Mercedes-AMG on his way to a runner-up result.
 
On Sunday, Braun drove the first 50 minutes in fourth position as the No. 04 CrowdStrike/AWS Mercedes-AMG challenged for another podium finish. Another superb pit stop by the DXDT crew gained Kurtz a position up to third, and Kurtz only needed five minutes to move up to second place just before two full-course caution periods.
 
Kurtz challenged for the lead late once the race went green again with 17 minutes left but settled for another runner-up to end the weekend.
 
“I can’t say enough about the effort from George, CrowdStrike and DXDT Racing this weekend,” Braun said. “Coming into the weekend, we felt pretty confident with a new Mercedes-AMG. To see everything come together and come away with two runner-up finishes is more than we could have hoped for. I’m really excited for what the rest of the season holds for us.”