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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
The 2020 TC America season has been put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, SRO Motorsports America has put together an esport league: GT Rivals. It is a weekly esports invitational where real world racers, sim racers, and invited guests go head-to-head in GT World Challenge powered by AWS’ official game--Assetto Corsa Competizione.
For this series, Kevin is driving the CrowdStrike Racing/AWS AMG GT3 race car. There are eight events total. Events will include a 120-minute open practice, 20-minute qualifying, and 60-minute sprint race, streamed live every Sunday at 3pm ET beginning April 12th through May 31.
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.
AUSTIN, Texas (March 11, 2020) – 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.
CrowdStrike Returns to GT World Challenge with Three-Car Racing Program; Executive Networking Series
SUNNYVALE, Calif. (March 4, 2020) – CrowdStrike Racing embarks on a new season with heightened expectations on and off the track ahead of the season-opening event for SRO America and GT World Challenge America Powered by AWS.
The palatial Circuit of The Americas plays host to the first racing action for the series of 2020 with CrowdStrike Racing represented in three different categories of competition. In addition to taking honors on the track, CrowdStrike aims to once again create a winning weekend for its guests and VIPs with unique experiences and business-to-business opportunities in Austin, Texas.
SUNNYVALE, Calif. – CrowdStrike Racing is further broadening its motorsports plans for 2020 with the addition of a full-season TC America entry for accomplished road-racer and engineer Kevin Boehm.
Boehm will drive the No. 9 CrowdStrike Honda Civic Si for the full season in the series’ TCA category, which is for touring cars that largely retain many of their production elements with race suspension, brakes, exhaust, and safety equipment added. The Honda Civic Si race car, built by Honda Performance Development, features a six-speed manual transmission, power steering, and a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
“I am beyond excited to join CrowdStrike Racing for my debut season in TC America,” Boehm said. “On the race track, every second counts, but the work starts long before I get behind the wheel. As an engineer, it's truly inspiring to see the team prioritize the same things that I do — diligence, thoroughness, technology, and data. I look forward to joining the CrowdStrike Racing family and hope to quickly add to their history of success.”
Here is a quick look at the brakes on the Honda Racing/HPD Turn-key Civic Si race car. In this video, I'll show you the front mono-block 6-piston calipers and also show you how easy it is to change the pads.
Fulfilling a lifelong dream, Kevin Boehm of Boehm Racing is making the transition from club/amateur racing to pro racing in 2020, driving the Honda Racing/HPD Turn-key Civic Si race car in TC America.
"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to race in TC America this year," Boehm says. "With the support of long-time partners, new sponsors who believed in the vision, family, and friends, we were able to make the jump from club to pro. I look forward to getting out onto the track with the HPD Turn-key Civic Si this season."
Tips, tricks, wins, and learnings. Go behind-the-scenes at the race shop and the track with Boehm Racing.