There was no shortage of battles on track in Race 3 with TC America at Road America. Ride along as I fight my way to the front. Due to a crash in another class, I had been shuffled back to 6th place and needed to fight my way back into podium position. I finished in P2--and about a week later, was moved to P1 due to a competitor's disqualification.
Qualifying on pole in the rain at at Road America is hard enough--and not being able to see makes it even more interesting. It was the last lap of the session and I had one last chance to finish on top. Watch as the visibility through the windshield gets worse and worse throughout the lap as I work to post the fastest time in the TCA class.
SUNNYVALE, Calif. (Aug. 26, 2020) – 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.
Cover image: Brian Cleary
Sonoma Raceway is a tricky track. As we make our way around the circuit, I highlight tips and tracks for going fast. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions and what track you would like me to make a lap guide for next.
Cover picture: Brian Cleary
Vrooooom. Get a passenger seat view of some close race car action during July's TC America Race 2 at VIR.
Maintaining precision and control while pushing a car as hard as it can go is a magnificent challenge. Ride along as I attempt to do just that in the July 9th, 2020 qualifying session at VIR with TC America.
ALTON, Va. (July 13, 2020) – CrowdStrike Racing celebrated its return to SRO America competition in the best way possible: its first victory in GT World Challenge Powered by AWS.
George Kurtz and Colin Braun claimed a win in Sunday’s 90-minute, two-driver endurance race at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) – the first victory for CrowdStrike with Mercedes-AMG in SRO America’s highest category of racing. Not only did they claim victory in the Pro/Am class, they were overall winners as well against top-level competition.
The result capped a fantastic return to racing for CrowdStrike – a competitor in three SRO America categories and the Official Internet & Cloud Security Provider for GT World Challenge.
Virginia International Raceway is site of the program’s first motorsports event in more than four months. The SRO weekend will took place with CrowdStrike Racing and all series participants supporting and adhering to strict local, state and federal guidelines on medical screening, social distancing and use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
SUNNYVALE, Calif. (July 7, 2020) – Following the industry-wide pause in its racing schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CrowdStrike Racing returns to competition this week as SRO America and GT World Challenge America powered by AWS. It will be the second of six events on the season with CrowdStrike reaffirming its full-season commitment as an entrant and official sponsor of GT World Challenge.
Virginia International Raceway (VIR) is the site of the program’s first motorsports event in more than four months. The SRO weekend will take place with CrowdStrike Racing and all series participants supporting and adhering to strict local, state and federal guidelines on medical screening, social distancing and use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
The CrowdStrike Racing effort returns to VIR in force with a trio of race cars in two different SRO America series and three classes. Hopes are high following a stellar opening to the 2020 season at Circuit of The Americas in Austin during early March, when CrowdStrike Racing claimed three podium finishes to start the year.
The June 2020 TC America race at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) has been rescheduled for July 9-12. This event will be the first race to take place since the season was temporarily suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I am very excited to return to the race track with the Crowdstrike Racing/AWS Civic Si in July," Boehm says. "VIR is one of my favorite race tracks. Extremely grateful for all of the hard work TC America, VIR, and the state of Virginia have done to make sure this event can take place safely."
During the temporary suspension of the race season, Boehm has been participating in GT Rivals, a sim racing series organized and managed by SRO America, TC America's governing body.
GT Rivals season one comes to an end at the virtual Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in South Africa.
Kyalami is a 4.522km circuit featuring sixteen corners and a challenging blend of wide, fast sections and tight, technical corners.
Of Boehm, the series says "CrowdStrike Racing’s Kevin Boehm continues to be a front runner in the Mercedes-AMG GT3. With several podium and Top 5 performances, Boehm is a threat for the overall win."
This race is the eighth and final round of the inaugural GT Rivals Assetto Corsa Competizione esports season.
Tune in to the live event on Sunday, May 31st at 3pm ET.
As expected, GT Rivals virtual Bathurst was a wild ride for all. Boehm qualified in P2 with the CrowdStrike Racing AMG GT3 and survived the first lap shuffle. After spending more than 40-minutes in third place, Boehm clipped the wall leading into the Esses, which forced a spin and placed him in fourth place with only 10-minutes left to go in the event.
"Finishing fourth is a great result for such a challenging track," Boehm says. "Now it is time to focus on the next and final GT Rivals event at Kyalami."
Watch the GT Rivals Bathurst race recap here.
Mount Panorama is one of the most unique circuits in the world and this virtual track will be the biggest challenge of the inaugural GT Rivals esports invitational series.
During last week's race at Barcelona, Boehm held off Heitkotter, winner of five of the six GT Rival events, for half of the Barcelona contest, before getting clipped by a lapped car, taking him out of contention. This week, Boehm looks to contend for the podium again.
GT Rivals at Bathurst airs this Sunday, May 24th at 3pm ET across SRO’s GT World YouTube channel, SRO Motorsports Twitch Channel, and GT World Challenge America powered by AWS Facebook page.
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya will host Round 6 of the GT Rivals Esports Invitational on Assetto Corsa Competizione. Boehm is representing the CrowdStrike Racing team in the no. 90 AMG GT3.
GT Rivals airs this Sunday, May 17th at 3pm ET across SRO’s GT World YouTube channel, SRO Motorsports Twitch Channel, and GT World Challenge America powered by AWS Facebook page.
Race cars, short ribs, and beagles--what's not to like? This week, Boehm was interviewed for the TC America Driver Download Series.
The Honda engineer joins TC America after multiple SCCA Runoff Championships, making his debut in the TCA class with new Honda Civic SI TCA. Kevin has also shown his racecraft in sim racing, finishing 2nd in two rounds of the GT Rivals Esports Invitational on a home engineered sim rig.
Learn more by reading the interview.
This week, GT Rivals heads to virtual Belgium to host Round 4 at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. Spa is a 19-turn, 4.32-mile circuit with a storied history and a famous combination of corners - Eau Rouge and Raidillon.
With two runner-up finishes in a row, Boehm will look to continue his podium streak driving the CrowdStrike Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3.
Watch live on Sunday, May 1st on GT World YouTube and GT World Twitch.
This past weekend, racers headed to virtual Misano World Circuit for Round 2 of SRO America's GT Rivals Series. The virtual Misano features a 2.53-mile, 16-turn circuit.
Sim racer Josh Staffin took victory in a No. 230 Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo. Boehm took a second place finish in the CrowdStrike Racing/AWS No. 90 Mercedes-AMG GT3 .
Three of the top-four finishers were sim racers--Boehm was the only real-world racer and the only TC America driver to take the podium.
Round 3 of GT Rivals takes place at virtual Paul Ricard on April 26th at 3 pm ET.
How to watch:
In TC America, all the race cars are equally matched. However, each car still has its strengths and weaknesses. As you can see, the Mini JCW was faster in the straights, but I could make up that difference in drafting and turns. Unfortunately, those were not enough to get past the Mini JCW at COTA. What a fun battle! The race ended with the Mini JCW in P1. I finished in P2 in the CrowdStrike Racing / AWS Turn-key Civic Si.
Get an in-car view of the first race of the 2020 TC America season. This event was my first TC America race at COTA and the first time my CrowdStrike Racing / AWS Honda Civic Si race car was driven on track. I was conservative at the start of the race and lost a few positions. Watch to see me fight to gain them back over the course of two laps. Ultimately, I ended up with a third-place finish.
Here's some in-car video of the CrowdStrike Racing / AWS Honda Civic Si during Qualifying at the 2020 TC America Circuit of the Americas event. A bout of rain just before Qualifying made for challenging conditions on track. There was a lot of confusion between all of the drivers, teams, and staff--did we need slicks or dry tires? I decided to stay on slicks--and fortunately, the rain stopped. The track was very slippery at first, but it finally began to dry near then end. This video shows my final lap, where I am trying to use all the available grip on the track to go fast.
Tips, tricks, wins, and learnings. Go behind-the-scenes at the race shop and the track with Boehm Racing.