CrowdStrike Announces Series Sponsorship of the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge Championships


Cybersecurity Company Continues to Host Executive Conferences at Motorsports Events to Facilitate High-Impact Networking

Sunnyvale, Calif. (February 21, 2018) — CrowdStrike, the leader in cloud-delivered endpoint cybersecurity protection, today announced it will become the Official Series Sponsor and Cybersecurity Provider for the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) season. The security company and the fast-growing sportscar racing series unveiled their partnership prior to the first race of the year, to be held in St. Petersburg, Florida beginning March 9. CrowdStrike will continue to host its executive technology summits at the dynamic event platform provided by PWC’s race weekends, with the increased visibility as a series sponsor.

The series sponsorship continues a motorsports marketing activation that has provided a rich networking platform for CrowdStrike’s customers and peers. During the Pirelli World Challenge race weekends, guests will be invited to take part in CrowdStrike’s unique “CXO Summits” hosted at notable racetracks across the country such as the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas and Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. Private dinners, entertainment, and access to the CrowdStrike race paddock and drivers are part of these events. Both on and off the track, the brightest minds in technology will come together to attack difficult problems in cybersecurity threat protection, while also being treated to front-row seats for the best in sportscar racing. CrowdStrike’s chief executive officer, George Kurtz, will also compete in the series with a Global Motorsports Group (GMG Racing)-prepared Audi R8.

"We are pleased to have CrowdStrike join us as an official Series Sponsor and as our official Cyber Security provider," said Greg Gill, president and CEO of WC Vision, the producers of the Pirelli World Challenge. "Their proven track record brings us peace of mind for our cloud security needs, and we're proud they've chosen PWC as a platform to host their executive summit events this season."

“I’m looking forward to activating our new partnership with the Pirelli World Challenge,” said Kurtz. “CrowdStrike has hosted events in the PWC paddock for a couple of seasons now, but as a series sponsor, we believe we can support our rapidly-expanding business at a whole new level. Our guests appreciate the opportunity to connect with their peers and have valuable business discussions, while taking part in the excitement of the race.”

The ten-race 2018 PWC race season begins in St. Petersburg, Fla., on March 9. Kurtz will race two GTSA events on the beautiful seaside street course: Round 1 will be held on Saturday, March 10, and Round 2 will be on Sunday, March 11. Follow CrowdStrike Racing on Twitter at @crowdstrikercng, on Instagram at @crowdstrikeracing, and on the web at crowdstrikeracing.com.

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About Pirelli World Challenge

Pirelli World Challenge (www.world-challenge.com) is North America’s premier GT Production-based sports car sprint series and now enters its 29th consecutive season. The exciting series featured 26 different auto makes with 44 separate models in 2017. Pirelli World Challenge exhibits one of the most competitive racing series in the world with incredible wheel-to-wheel action between exotic cars such as Chevrolet Corvette, Ferrari, Porsche, McLaren, Nissan, Audi, Bentley, Acura, Lamborghini, Mercedes-Benz and Aston Martin. Over 100 cars will be action with seven different categories in 2018 including GT, GTA, GT Cup, GTS, TCR, TC and TCA. In 2018, PWC will host 10 weekends in North America including the season opener in the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., March 9-11. In addition to the on-track competition, racing fans and car enthusiasts can gain a close-up view of the most exotic racing sedans in the world in the “world class” paddock area. There is something for every racing fan.

Contact: Tom Blattler, Pirelli World Challenge, [email protected]; 317.525.5692
CrowdStrike Racing Press: Danielle Crespo, [email protected]; 512.820.3567