SANTA ANA, Calif. – Continuing their full-season efforts in the Pirelli World Challenge, Global Motorsports Group (GMG) will head north of the border to the renowned Canadian Tire Motorsport Park with two Audi R8 LMS GT4 entries, with drivers George Kurtz and James Sofronas spearheading the team’s efforts.
“Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is one of the most storied venues on the calendar, and we’re looking forward to continuing our championship push there,” stated Sofronas. “It’s great to return to our heritage of solo sprint races, and the Audi R8 LMS GT4 should be well suited for it. Every weekend we’ve continued to learn and develop, and after two winning weekends in the SprintX championships, hopes are high we can continue that in to Canada. This weekend we’ll focus on George’s No. 04 CrowdStrike entry as well my own, and we have high hopes for both cars. George’s progress with the new car has been steady, and we expect that both entries will contend.”
Driving the No. 04 CrowdStrike Audi R8 LMS GT4 in the GTSA class, George Kurtz will return to solo competition for the first time since the season-opening Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Having run with teammate Colin Braun during the last two “SprintX” weekends, the progress between Kurtz and his Audi has been strong, nearly earning a podium in the last round at VIRginia International Raceway and returning to the form reminiscent of his 2017 class-victory at the same circuit.
“I’ve enjoyed great success at CTMP, and hope to replicate those results with the Audi R8,” remarked Kurtz. “After every race, I continue to learn more about the Audi, and the crew at GMG has done a great job preparing the car. I feel confident that we have a good setup for Canada, one of the most exciting tracks of the PWC season.”
Driving the No. 14 Mobil 1 / The Thermal Club / 5.11 Tactical Audi R8 LMS GT4, James Sofronas will return to sprint competition looking to continue his GTS-category championship ambitions. After a strong opening to the season in St. Petersburg, where he took the first-ever podium for the machine, Sofronas heads to the high-speed corners and sweeping elevations of CTMP with a renewed focus on winning, with championships focus at the forefront of the teams’ efforts.
Practice begins this Friday, May 18, with a double header of action taking place on Saturday and Sunday. Race One will take place on Saturday at 1:55PM ET, and Sunday at 10:05 AM ET.
Founded in 2001 by James Sofronas, GMG has quickly established itself as North America’s premier performance tuning and racing facility. What began as a small 1,200 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’s experience, attention to detail, and passion are what make GMG the choice of professionals and enthusiasts world wide. Whether you want to maximize the performance of your street car, or race wheel-to-wheel on both amateur and professional racing series across North America, GMG’s reputation for service and quality is unmatched.
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About The Thermal Club
Established in 2012, The Thermal Club is a private motorsports country club surrounding one of the longest and most distinct racing circuits in North America. Located near Palm Springs CA, the exclusive club offers members access to three racetracks, kart track, autocross, skid pad, tuning shop, garage, detail shop, clubhouse restaurant and spa. One of the defining attributes of The Thermal Club are the luxury villa-homes that are built next to the track and overlook the facility. For more information visit www.TheThermalClub.com.
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With an extensive client base of leading global brands, CrowdStrike will be utilizing the Pirelli World Challenge as a hub for experiential entertainment, B2B networking, and as a forum for meeting with a litany of customers, prospects and partners. Race weekends will include executive-level security industry roundtables, combined with VIP access to the most compelling aspects of each racing venue. With a premium on forging and solidifying relationships, the utilization of both the series and GMG offers a great opportunity for the company to extend their platform.
You can learn more about CrowdStrike’s involvement in motorsports at crowdstrikeracing.com.
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John Wise, a former automotive engineer and now CEO of Loci, developed the ideas behind LOCIsearch directly from his experiences in the racing industry. Loci is working alongside traditional processes to increase opportunities for inventors and innovators across industries like racing. For more on Loci, please visit https://loci.io and on Twitter at @Loci_io.
About 5.11 Tactical
5.11 Tactical. 5.11 Tactical is an Irvine, California-based brand of clothing consisting of uniforms and tactical equipment for military, law enforcement and public safety personnel. The company also operates a chain of retail stores, with 13 locations as of January 2017.
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Spyder was founded by avid skier and outdoor athlete David Jacobs. He rose to world-class rankings as a competitive skier, and stayed connected to the sport he loves by coaching, designing related products, and building one of the most powerful brands in the industry. His dedication to the sport of skiing and the Spyder brand is as inspiring as it is intriguing. Spyder’s growth exploded over the turn of the century, and the company is now the largest ski-specialty brand in the world. David has recently discovered the adrenaline rush in racing classic Formula One cars, finding success – not surprisingly – in this new pastime. For a man who’s thrived on sports, technology, and professional advancement, the world is sure to see David go a few more times around the track.
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