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. 27, 2020) – CrowdStrike is upping its commitment to military veterans with plans for long-term support of Operation Motorsport – a key program within racing that aids service members as they transition into the civilian workplace.
A pair of military veterans – Staff Sgt. Chad Failing (Ret.) and Staff Sgt. William Babineau (Ret.) – will be part of the CrowdStrike Racing crew on Kevin Boehm’s No. 9 CrowdStrike/AWS/DXDT Honda Performance Development (HPD) Civic Si effort for the remaining 2020 rounds of the Touring Car America (TCA) class, a companion series to GT World Challenge America Powered by AWS in SRO Motorsports America.
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
SUNNYVALE, Calif. (Aug. 4, 2020) – CrowdStrike Racing is gearing up for its biggest weekend of competition in SRO America – its home event at Sonoma Raceway just north of San Francisco. A new-look way of hosting guests in a virtual environment, exclusive online content and other special features will be part of the CrowdStrike experience from August 7–9.
All this will be available, virtually, to CrowdStrike and AWS staff, guests, supporters, fans and executive conference attendees throughout the GT World Challenge America Sonoma 2020 Powered by AWS and Sponsored by CrowdStrike. It’s the most advanced experiential program by CrowdStrike at any motorsports event since it became active in SRO America in 2017.
“This is the most unique weekend for CrowdStrike that we have ever had,” said CrowdStrike CEO and co-founder George Kurtz, who also drives for CrowdStrike Racing in the premier GT World Challenge series. “Shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic forced a break in our racing, we quickly began planning how best we can educate and entertain our clients and supporters in new and interactive ways. I think it’s safe to say that what we have planned sets a new standard in exclusive, interactive content anywhere in SRO’s global platform. We are excited and proud to be associated with this historic weekend at our home track in Sonoma.”
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.
Boehm joined up with the Operation Motorsport team to add racing commentary for the eMotorsport iRacing event at virtual Daytona International Speedway. The event featured a 30-minute open practice, a 10-minute qualifying session, and a 30 lap / 70-minute race. The race can be watched above or on the Operation Motorsports YouTube channel.
Our friends at Operation Motorsport are celebrating their third anniversary! Check out the video for a special update what they've accomplished over the past three years and what they plan to do, next.
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.
Due to a worldwide pandemic, race cancellations, and rescheduling, there's been a sudden increase in sim racing. Why? Many motorsports organizations, like Indycar and SRO America launched virtual championships during the global stay-at-home time to fill the void.
Interested in racing your own virtual car? Check out the GT World Challenge three-part guide to Getting Started in Sim Racing.
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.
The SRO America esports series travels from the Belgian countryside to Japan and the home of the Intercontinental GT Challenge powered by Pirelli Suzuka 10 Hour - the Suzuka Circuit. The course features a rare figure-eight style design with 18-turns across its 3.609-mile circuit.
After an unfortunate mid-race internet failure at Spa Francorchamps that caused him to lose a podium position, Boehm is looking to come in strong at this event.
Round 5 of GT Rivals takes place on May 10th at 3PM ET.
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Tips, tricks, wins, and learnings. Go behind-the-scenes at the race shop and the track with Boehm Racing.