Crowdstrike by Algarve Pro Racing has confirmed Colin Braun and George Kurtz as their LMP2 drivers for the 2024 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.
The former Meyer Shank Acura driver has landed a drive in the #04 Crowdstrike Racing by APR Oreca 07-Gibson, partnering with George Kurtz for the full LMP2 season.
After competing earlier this year in the #60 Acura ARX-06 GTP, Braun will continue his IMSA commitments in the LMP2 category.
His most recent and only LMP2 drive was at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, whereby he drove with James Allen and Kurtz to claim 10th in LMP2, which was a win in the Pro-Am sub-category.
Kurtz said: “It has been an epic first year with CrowdStrike by APR with a race win, pole position and a championship-contending team.
“I’m looking forward to our return to the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and building on this year’s solid results.
“Thank you to Stewart Cox and all the team at CrowdStrike by APR for their effort, and I look forward to another season in 2024.”
In the 2023 season, the #04 finished second in the LMP2 standings after the team became strong title contenders against the likes of the #52 PR1 Mathiasen and #11 TDS Racing outfits.
Next year, they will compete in a class of 12 in total, featuring all Oreca 07s apart from Sean Creech Motorsport’s Ligier JS P217.
Stewart Cox, Team Principal, added: “We’re pleased to be moving the CrowdStrike-Algarve Pro Racing partnership forward.
“It’s logical to continue our relationship because we’re all here to win and that’s exactly what we have done, most notably taking the LMP2 Pro-Am victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans while also landing wins, two podium finishes, two pole positions and a fastest lap in our first full season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, to also earn the VP Racing Fuels Front Runner Award for heading the standings midway through the year.
“In fact, we’ve led more laps than anybody – 481 in total – to this point of the IMSA season and I think the way we’ve combined resources will ensure we continue to perform at the highest level.
“There’s no doubting that CrowdStrike Racing by APR has been a big success in a very short time and has already shown it’s one of the teams to beat in the fight for the IMSA title, and it has also been fantastic to see George (Kurtz) improve ten-fold as a driver.
“We’re all very dedicated and our end goal is to win races and championships, and there’s a huge desire to defend our Le Mans victory.”
The team will confirm their Endurance Cup and Daytona drivers in due course.
Crowdstrike Racing by APR’s 2024 IMSA LMP2 campaign will commence at the 24 Hours of Daytona, where they will look to better their result of second in-class from this year.