Spectacular race weekend provided excellent opportunity to celebrate home race with corporate guests near the cybersecurity company’s Southern California location
Long Beach, Calif. — The Long Beach Grand Prix is regarded as one of the most festival-like race atmospheres across all motorsports events in North America. From April 13 to 15, CrowdStrike, the California-based cybersecurity company, was fully immersed in the fun on the streets of this coastal city. George Kurtz, CEO and co-founder of CrowdStrike, participated in the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) GT4 Invitational race with a Global Motorsports Group (GMG)-prepared Audi R8 LMS GT4 during a weekend of entertainment, networking and hospitality for CrowdStrike’s corporate guests.
As CrowdStrike has offices in both Southern and Northern California, the Long Beach event was celebrated as a home race for the company. CrowdStrike’s guests included company employees, key executives of the CrowdStrike Advisory Board, Southern California clients and sponsors, LaSalle Solutions, AWS and Ceramic Pro. Guests were invited to participate in the festivities throughout the weekend, which kicked off with a driving experience at the Porsche Experience Center. The opportunity to test their mettle with a selection of Porsche sportscars before being served a gourmet dinner bred friendly competition between business associates and gave them a taste of the weekend to come.
The main event for everyone was the celebrated Long Beach Grand Prix, which began in earnest with a full day of racing on Saturday. On Sunday morning, Kurtz participated, driving the No. 04 CrowdStrike/GMG Racing Audi R8 LMS GT4 along with a small selection of other GTA and GTSA-class drivers who were invited to take part in the Pirelli World Challenge race. The PWC event was just one part of a stellar lineup of motorsports events, including the Verizon IndyCar Series and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Challenge. Dozens of guests cheered from trackside as Kurtz raced down Seaside Way and around the famous hairpin turn to complete the 50-minute event in grand style.
“Racing at Long Beach was a bucket list item that I’ve now checked off my list!” Kurtz said after the race. “GMG Racing did a great job preparing the Audi for me, so I had a fun, clean race and am really looking forward to our next one at Virginia International Raceway. On behalf of CrowdStrike and our guests, I’d like to thank to our Long Beach sponsors LaSalle Solutions, AWS and Ceramic Pro for being a big part of this spectacular PWC event.”
Kurtz’ next race is at Virginia International Raceway from April 27 to 29. This will be a SprintX event in which Kurtz will pair with racing ace Colin Braun for a doubleheader event. For updates, follow along with CrowdStrike Racing on social media at twitter.com/crowdstrikercng, instagram.com/crowdstrikeracing, and read team news on the website at www.crowdstrikeracing.com.
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About LaSalle Solutions:
Founded in 1980, LaSalle Solutions is a leading provider of technology lifecycle asset management services. LaSalle enables its customers to improve their technology operations through enhanced processes, management and reporting for better planning and return on investment. LaSalle Solutions’ processes, outstanding customer service and powerful, market-leading cloud-based platform, LAMP, enable customers to obtain better business outcomes through transparency and reliable results at their fingertips. LaSalle Solutions is a division of MB Equipment Finance LLC, a subsidiary of MB Financial Bank, N.A., a commercial bank headquartered in Chicago. MB Financial Inc. is the publicly traded holding company for MB Financial Bank, N.A. and is traded on the NASDAQ as “MBFI.” For more information on LaSalle Solutions, please visit www.elasalle.com and www.YouTube.com/LaSalleSolutions.
About GMG Racing:
Founded in 2001, GMG has quickly established itself as North America’s premier performance tuning facility. What began as a small 1200 sq. ft. shop, maintaining two race cars, has grown into a 30,000 sq. ft. state of the art performance tuning, racing and service facility located in (Orange County) Santa Ana, California. The staff, attention to detail, and passion are what make GMG the choice of professionals and enthusiasts worldwide. Learn more at gmgracing.com.
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