Adam has been a race fan since the first time he went through the tunnel under the Daytona International Speedway more than 30 years ago. He has had the privilege of traveling to races all across the state of Florida (as well as one race in Ohio), watching nearly everything with a motor compete for fame and glory, as well as participating in various racing schools to get the feel of what racecar drivers go through every week.
Adam spent several years covering motorsports for Examiner.com., where he had the opportunity to see the racing world from behind the scenes as well as the grandstands. He invites everyone to follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus, and looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm for all things racing with the readers of SpeedwayDigest.com.
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Only three months into 2022, George Kurtz and CrowdStrike Racing have already had quite the successful racing season. It continues this weekend with the famed Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, where Kurtz will rejoin CORE autosport in the highly competitive Le Mans Prototype 3 (LMP3) category of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Kurtz will team up with Jon Bennett and Colin Braun behind the wheel of the No. 54 CrowdStrike/Flex-Box Ligier JS P320 a year after claiming a landmark victory at the famous race in Florida – one of sports car racing’s biggest events.
This year’s running will be even bigger for CrowdStrike – a leader in cloud-delivered protection of endpoints, cloud workloads, identity and data – which was named in January as an OfficialPartner of IMSA, the sanctioning body for the WeatherTech Championship.
The IMSA Experience
Sebring is CrowdStrike’s second full event as an IMSA Official Partner after launching the relationship at January’s Rolex 24 At Daytona. The commercial partnership adds to an impressive portfolio that includes a major sponsorship in SRO Motorsports America, where CrowdStrike is the Official Internet and Cloud Security Provider.
The IMSA partnership also provides the opportunity for CrowdStrike to host CxO Summits at select IMSA race venues, such as the Daytona event.
With Sebring as the second round of the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup – which includes four long-distance rounds on the calendar – CrowdStrike will play a role in another highly visible effort as the sponsor of the new Endurance, Teamwork, and Speed Award at the Michelin Endurance Cup events. The award will recognize a team in each IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship class demonstrating strategic teamwork that is critical to success in long and grueling IMSA endurance races.
Speed, endurance and the focus to win as a team are all qualities that mirror CrowdStrike’s approach to protecting the endpoints, cloud workloads, identity and data, of organizations around the globe. It takes a team to stop breaches and deliver a top performance on the track and we Win as One.
CrowdStrike has redefined security with the world’s most advanced cloud-native platform that protects and enables the people, processes and technologies that drive modern enterprise.
Powered by the CrowdStrike Security Cloud, the Falcon Platform provides unprecedented levels of security to automatically stop data breaches and attacks like ransomware.
In addition to sponsoring the Endurance, Teamwork and Speed Award, CrowdStrike’s IMSA partnership will also include on-track signage at the Michelin Endurance Cup tracks (Daytona International Speedway, Sebring International Raceway, Watkins Glen International and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta) and IMSA VIP experiences at other IMSA races throughout the season.
Winning With Speed
A combination of Endurance, Teamwork and Speed put Kurtz and CORE autosport over the top in the 12 Hours of Sebring a year ago. The Kurtz/Bennett/Braun trio won a hard-fought race in 2021 as the top three LMP3 entries finished within 3.201 seconds of each other after 12 hours.
With a margin of victory that close, all elements of the team had to work in sync. The CrowdStrike-sponsored effort made the fewest mistakes and set the fastest LMP3 lap of the race.
“Sebring is one of the most iconic and demanding tracks in all of sports car racing,” said Kurtz, CrowdStrike co-founder and CEO. “Speed and reliability are critical to achieving success. I know we have one of the best teams on the IMSA paddock. If we can maintain our focus, I’m confident we’ll have all the right components to achieve another victory.”
Kurtz is coming off an incredible start to his racing season with podium finishes around the world. He recently opened SRO America’s GT America season with a victory and third-place showing at St. Petersburg; had a runner-up finish at the Rolex 24 for CORE autosport with Bennett, Braun and Nic Jonsson; and secured a second-place finish at the 24 Hours of Dubai.
“I am feeling confident heading into Sebring,” Braun said. “We had a great test a few weeks ago and a strong result in 2021. We know what it takes to make our CORE autosport/CrowdStrike/Flex-Box Ligier fast and reliable, we just need to execute. The goal is the same as it was for last year and at Daytona: be consistent and keep pushing to improve every time we go to the track. That way of racing has always served us well: focus on our own improvement and the results will take care of themselves.”
The 12 Hours of Sebring is scheduled for 10:10 a.m. ET on Saturday, March 19. The race will air across the USA network and the Peacock network. IMSA Radio also will have a live broadcast on IMSA.com and the IMSA app.
For more information, visit CrowdStrikeRacing.com. Follow #CrowdStrikeRacing on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn for updates.
NOLA Motorsports Park, New Orleans’ premier racing facility, welcomed David Pace as General Manager in 2021. In his role, David has brought the track back to life by initiating much needed repairs and upgrades to the track’s facilities and bringing back major races and events.
“Managing large-scale events and motorsports have been a big part of my career the last 20 years. At NOLA Motorsports, my hope is to put my knowledge and experience to work and bring motorsports back to the New Orleans area,” said David. “I’ve seen first hand the comradery and excitement motorsports can bring to a community. I’d like to position NOLA Motorsports Park as a cornerstone in the community when it comes to not only motorsports, but off track events.”
David brings over 20 years of experience to his role at NOLA Motorsports Park. His first jobs as a mechanic and team manager with the Toyota Atlantic and INDYCAR series gave him a solid understanding and foundation in the motorsports sector. David continued his career with Goodridge where he developed and coordinated the opening of “Goodridge Indy,” including new facility design, construction and maintenance. After owning his own general contracting business for 8 years, David returned to the world of motorsports, managing operations for the Baltimore Grand Prix and independently contracting with INDYCAR, Andretti Sports Marketing, and various sanctioning bodies to establish motorsports races in multiple cities.
As Vice President of Operations at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) David worked from the track’s inception in 2012 to establish all motorsport related logistics and operations of the inaugural Formula 1 race, X Games, MotoGP, Lone Star Le Mans, and other major races, concerts, and events.
David Pace and his team at NOLA Motorsports Park are currently gearing up to host one of the first ticketed events the park has seen in years, the SVRA NOLA Speedtour, Hagerty Cars & Caffeine Car Show, and the NOLA Motorsports Park Cars & Crawdads Cook-Off on April 8-10.
Louisiana residents and visitors alike can expect more thrills and chills at NOLA Motorsports than ever before with additional entertainment, events, and more to come. To learn more about NOLA Motorsports visit https://nolamotor.com/ and follow along on Instagram at @nolamotorsports.
F1 legend Juan Pablo Montoya recently caught up with the team from VegasInsider, ahead of the season opener in Bahrain, and the Colombian great gave his picks for the race. Here's what he said:
- The Mercedes camp has the most problems, but there's a major possibility that they're sandbagging
"The Mercedes camp cars seem to have the most issues at the moment."
"But is it the Mercedes camp cars or is it that they're sandbagging and not showing what they are."
"And I think that's a major possibility."
"It's crazy because we're doing all this talk and we're gonna get to the race weekend and it might be that Red Bull's really fast and Mercedes is right there. And then you go - 'oh that's the same'."
"Then you look behind and then you see a Ferrari and McLaren, and an AlphaTauri and an Aston, all mixed together. And then you're gonna see behind a mixture of the Alfa Romeo and Williams and the Haas, all three together. And you go - 'oh, nothing changed'."
"That's a great possibility as well. It is. It's just so likely to happen!"
"It's so frustrating that they pull the rules upside down and you look at the qualifying results, you look at Abu Dhabi and this and you go - 'well, that didn't change'."
- My money would be on Red Bull and Max Verstappen for Bahrain
"My pick, to be the best, my money would be on Red Bull."
"If it was for winning, I would probably put Red Bull with Max (Verstappen)."
"If I was a betting person, my money would be on a Red Bull. If it even breaks down, my money would be on a Red Bull."
"Remember with the new rules, new engines, new cooling systems, new everything."
"Look at the Mercedes packing of the car, it's insane and they're really having a lot of issues. But when you go racing, oh my god. That's the other thing with the Mercedes is, it's just floor. So if you get close to somebody and touch that floor and you break it, you're gonna break half of the floor and a cut tire really easy."
"With a Ferrari, you hit the side pod, because they're wide. Not ideal, but you're gonna rub against the side pod and you might damage a little bit of the floor. That's another one."
- For Ferrari, the Bahrain GP can go two ways
"Two things are gonna happen in Ferrari - either Charles (LeClerc) can bounce back a little or the gap is going to get bigger, to Carlos (Sainz).
"Because at the end of the day, it's a mental war."
"Yes you're teammates, yes you like each other but you still want to beat the hell out of him."
"If you start going to race weekends and you're getting your ass kicked every week, it makes it really difficult."
- George Russell is the underdog that will surprise in Bahrain
"Underdog - I would suspect he's gonna be really good is George (Russell) with the Mercedes."
"He is going to surprise more than anyone else."
Matt Hagan leads Tony Stewart to victory at 53rd annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway
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Nissin Foods (USA) Co., Inc. announced today that Cup Noodles has expanded its line-up of motorsport brand ambassadors to include both Takuma Sato and Graham Rahal throughout the entire 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season, with each driver serving a unique position in the marketplace.
Nissin’s initial involvement in 2019 was the first motorsports sponsorship for the company in its 50-year history in the U.S. Nissin wanted to celebrate this partnership through the promotion of one of its flagship brands, Cup Noodles. The CupNoodles logo can be found on the race suits of the two-time Indianapolis 500 Winner Takuma Sato, along with a visible position on Graham Rahal’s season-long helmet livery.
“After a very successful 50th anniversary last year, the Nissin team is excited to expand our partnership to reach an expanding consumer base for the Cup Noodles brand,” said Michael Price, President and CEO, Nissin Foods (USA). “Graham and Takuma represent the very best in racing. Their individual desire to win and to push for excellence align perfectly with the spirit on which Cup Noodles was founded: Be original, be innovative and be bold.”
“We’ve been building our relationship with Nissin Foods and Cup Noodles for a couple years and I am pleased to continue the growth in to 2022,” said Graham Rahal. “What started out as support for our foundation’s fundraising efforts has developed into a partnership that I am genuinely excited to see expand in both our racing and charitable spaces.”
“It’s great to have an iconic brand like Cup Noodles back supporting my INDYCAR efforts again this season,” said Takuma Sato, the 2-time Indy 500 winner. “Cup Noodles is a quick and easy meal that I’ve enjoyed for many years at home and the racetrack. I’m honored to continue as a brand ambassador with Nissin Foods and the Cup Noodles brand and appreciate all their support.”