Kurtz, Bryan Herta Autosport Take Class Win at California 8 Hours
Salinas, Calif. (October 29, 2018) — George Kurtz, along with Bryan and Colton Herta, celebrated from the top step of the winners’ podium at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca after securing the TCR class win at the spectacular SRO California 8 Hours race presented by Pirelli World Challenge. Kurtz, the CEO and co-founder of cybersecurity company CrowdStrike, partnered with Bryan Herta Autosports team owner Bryan Herta and his son, Indy Lights runner-up Colton, racing 276 grueling laps in the No. 98 BHA Hyundai i30 N TCR at this final round of the 2018 Intercontinental GT Challenge (IGTC).
By design, the TCR car was not as powerful as its GT3 and GT4-class competitors. However, race starter Colton Herta was able to pass three GT4 drivers during the opening laps. Kurtz and Bryan Herta then continued that momentum during their stints. By the end of the eight-hour event, the three drivers passed even more competitors in faster GT4 cars, taking the Hyundai i30 N from 31st to 21st place and finishing first in class.
During the race, Kurtz’ mental and physical endurance was put to the test as he raced a double stint, staying ahead of the competition for more than two straight hours among 32 competitors in multiple classes. Keeping cool and collected in the face of adversity is nothing new to Kurtz, and he proved it at this world-famous racetrack.
“It was a great race,” Kurtz commented just after the podium celebration. “The Hyundai was a fantastic car to drive, and we managed to get through eight hours without any incidents. It was a real pleasure to race with Bryan and Colton — this father-son duo is really special, and I was glad to be a part of it.”
Kurtz and the Herta men raced the Hyundai i30 N TCR, part of the new Hyundai N High-Performance division. The California 8 Hours marks the first time the Hyundai N package has been run in an endurance race in the United States, which is also the longest endurance event at Laguna Seca.
“The Hyundai was truly a great car,” Kurtz continued. “From my perspective, it ran well. It’s front-wheel drive, and it wasn’t hard to manage compared to a rear-wheel drive car. I look forward to racing it again. Finally, SRO’s race organization was well done. They did a great job, and I hope they have even more cars out here next time!”+
Business and Entertainment at the Track
The Laguna Seca race, set just outside of Monterey, California, was the draw for the final CXO Summit of the race season. Chief executives in the cybersecurity world and their families joined Kurtz and key CrowdStrike staff for a weekend of entertainment and fine dining in picturesque surroundings with perfect weather. A private roundtable session with Colin Black, chief information officer of CrowdStrike, and CJ Moses, deputy chief information security officer for Amazon Web Services, offered guests an intimate setting in which to discuss the most significant cybersecurity problems that face their respective companies today.
At the track, CrowdStrike attendees watched Kurtz’ race from a trackside suite above the pits, took golf cart tours to see the famous “corkscrew” turn, and had privileged access to the racecars after they lined up to start the race. All of the Bryan Herta Autosport drivers visited the suite for a meet and greet with guests. Global Motorsports Group (GMG Racing), the team Kurtz raced with during the Pirelli World Challenge regular season, and its team owner James Sofronas welcomed CrowdStrike’s guests for a garage tour and the opportunity to sit in the Audi R8 Kurtz raced throughout the year. Pirelli World Challenge executives spent time visiting with CrowdStrike guests as well, continuing the strong relationship the race series has with the cybersecurity company.
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About Bryan Herta Autosport
Co-Founded by Bryan Herta in 2009, Bryan Herta Autosport has grown from a single-car Indy Lights team into a world-renowned auto-racing franchise. The team made its first foray into IndyCar action in 2010 with an entry in the Indianapolis 500 while continuing to run a full-time multi-car Indy Lights program. The 2011 Indianapolis 500 was the final race of the Centennial Era, a celebration of 100 years of racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Also known as “The Most Important Race in History,” the 100th anniversary of the inaugural 1911 race was the second IndyCar race in which Herta Racing competed.
Five years later, Bryan Herta Autosport, while partnered with Andretti Autosport, defied the odds again and won their second Indianapolis 500 with rookie driver Alexander Rossi. In 2015, Bryan Herta Rallysport made its debut in the exciting Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship. In 2018, Bryan Herta Autosport make a sensational introduction to the Pirelli World Challenge TCR class with drivers Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis. Wilkins scored three race wins with Lewis collecting four victories. The BHA squad won the TCR Team point championship and led Hyundai to the TCR Manufacturers’ series crown.
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