George Kurtz: Leader On And Off The Track

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George Kurtz is eager to compete at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. (Tom Blattler)

LEXINGTON, Ohio — George Kurtz is better known as one of the leaders in worldwide cyber security technology with his CrowdStrike, Inc., corporation.

Kurtz was recently named Entrepreneur of the Year in Northern California with the CrowdStrike success.

“Receiving this recognition in Northern California, the most competitive technology market, is truly an honor and a testament to the innovation and transformative work our team at CrowdStrike has applied to our mission to stop breaches,” said Kurtz. “This award validates that the CrowdStrike Falcon platform has set a new standard in endpoint security.”

What wasn’t known at the northern California presentation on June 23 was that Kurtz had just flown in from Road America where he drove his GMG Motorsports-prepared McLaren 570S sports car for practice runs in the Pirelli World Challenge doubleheader in the GTS/GTSA divisions.

“The Road America weekend was pretty hectic with the GTS practice and then flying to the Bay Area for the award presentation on Friday evening,” Kurtz explained. “But I was ready to go on Saturday morning at Road America and we won both GTS Am rounds and finished third overall in Sunday’s GTS race. Standing on the podium with top pro racers like Ian James and Lawson Aschenbach was very gratifying.”

Kurtz also ties his CrowdStrike business with his racing business, as many of the company’s customers attend the Pirelli World Challenge races to experience the motorsports and racing team aspect.

“We enjoy bringing many of CrowdStrike’s customers to the race track and getting a close-up view of our racing business too,” he said. “We even bring in Mario Andretti to talk with the guests and Mario sometimes gives them a ride in the IndyCar two-seater. Now that is a thrill for them.”