Cybersecurity company CrowdStrike and its CEO and co-founder, George Kurtz, will partner with Utah-based DXDT Racing to field the No. 04 CrowdStrike/AWS/DXDT Mercedes AMG-GT3 for the upcoming Blancpain GT World Challenge America series. Kurtz, the 2017 GTSA class champion of the series previously known as the Pirelli World Challenge with GMG Racing, will step up from the GT4 class to race in the GT class, for the first time. He’ll again partner with sports car ace Colin Braun. The pair will join forces with DXDT’s Mercedes entry driven by David Askew and Ryan Dalziel.
“I am really looking forward to the season with George, CrowdStrike and DXDT Racing,” said Braun, “and I’m excited to be part of George’s continual move up the racing ladder. Getting to co-drive alongside him in all the races and continuing to help him grow will be a lot of fun. Last year, entertaining the CrowdStrike guests let me see the fascination of racing through their eyes, which was really special. I’m sure 2019 will be no different.
“Having Ryan as a teammate will be great. We’ve driven together in the past and have been friends for a long time. I got to see what the DXDT Racing operation was like being in the same paddock in 2018, and both George and I were impressed. They are a really professional operation that I can’t wait to be a part of.”
CrowdStrike will also sponsor a car for former SCCA National Champion CJ Moses in the GT4 category. He will run the No. 04 CrowdStrike/AWS/GMG Racing Audi R8 LMS GT4 prepared by Global Motorsports Group at select races, continuing the relationship with the team Kurtz raced with for the past two seasons.
DXDT Racing made its endurance debut of the Mercedes-AMG GT3 in last season’s California 8 Hours race, taking second place in the Pro-Am class, and also counts a Lamborghini Super Trofeo series championship among its successes.
“My first priority is to field the best possible car for George and Colin,” said DXDT Racing team owner and driver Askew. “I always want them to feel that DXDT Racing put them in the best possible position to win. To that end, DXDT has its work cut out for us, but I know we are up to the challenge. I feel like this is the year for DXDT to showcase what it is capable of. We have great people, some who have been at DXDT for almost four years. It’s time to get it done!
“It has been my dream to become both a driver and a team owner,” Askew added. “I’ve had multi-car teams in the past but have not driven much due to the demands of managing the team. The past year was spent deepening the management bench so I can return to a full-time driver role. I really just want to be told what to do! My goal has also been to become a competent AM endurance driver, meaning I can hold my own for the team. I’m so excited to drive with Ryan and work with George Kurtz and Colin Braun. My hope, and my feeling, is the two teams will complement each other.”
Scotsman Dalziel, who won the 2018 Pro/Am Sprint X Championship while balancing multiple top-tier racing series commitments, also expressed his enthusiasm for the new partnership.
“It was great to see CrowdStrike as a series sponsor and even better to now have them as part of our DXDT Racing family as well,” Dalziel said. “We successfully ran as a one-car team with a second-place finish in the California 8 Hours, so stepping up to a two-car team will be a great benefit, particularly with George and Colin. We should be able to develop our Mercedes-AMG GT3s even quicker on race weekends. As a team, it’s also a cool moment to see DXDT becoming one of the premier teams for 2019.”