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DXDT Racing’s Two-Car Blancpain GT World Challenge America Mercedes-AMG GT3 Team Debuts This Weekend at COTA

DXDT Racing’s Two-Car Blancpain GT World Challenge America Mercedes-AMG GT3 Team Debuts This Weekend at COTA

01.03.2019: - David Askew and Ryan Dalziel Co-Drive No. 63 USALCO/Security National Mortgage Mercedes-AMG GT3 - George Kurtz and Colin Braun Join DXDT Racing in No. 04 CrowdStrike/DXDT Merced

- David Askew and Ryan Dalziel Co-Drive No. 63 USALCO/Security National Mortgage Mercedes-AMG GT3



- George Kurtz and Colin Braun Join DXDT Racing in No. 04 CrowdStrike/DXDT Mercedes-AMG GT3



 


DXDT Racing’s expanded two-car GT program debuts this weekend in the season-opening Blancpain GT World Challenge America race at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in a Saturday/Sunday doubleheader featuring a pair of 90-minute races on the 3.4-mile Formula 1 road course each day.



Saturday’s opening round is scheduled to start at 3:40 p.m. CST while Sunday’s second and final race is slated to go green at 2 p.m. CST. Live coverage of both races can be seen on CBS Sports Network with additional live streaming available at www.world-challenge.com.



The DXDT entries will run the full 2019 Blancpain GT World Challenge America series in the Pro-Am division, a two-driver championship that pairs professional drivers up with their amateur sportsman colleagues.



Team owner and driver David Askew co-drives the No. 63 USALCO/Security National Mortgage Mercedes-AMG GT3 with Ryan Dalziel who will compete alongside new DXDT Racing teammates George Kurtz and Colin Braun in the No. 04 CrowdStrike/AWS/DXDT Mercedes-AMG GT3.



“I’m so excited to drive with Ryan and work with George Kurtz and Colin Braun,” Askew said. “My hope, and my feeling, is the two teams will complement each other. It has been my dream to become both a driver and a team owner. I’ve had multi-car teams in the past but have not driven much due to the demands of managing the team. The past year was spent deepening the management bench so I can return to a full-time driver role.”


Kurtz and Braun move up to top-tier GT3 competition this year after success in the GT4 ranks in recent seasons. Kurtz won the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge GTSA Championship and co-drove with Braun to four top-five finishes in the class last year.


“I’m really excited to get behind the wheel for my first race with the Mercedes-AMG GT3 and DXDT at the Circuit of The Americas this weekend,” Kurtz said. “Colin and I have both had past racing success at COTA, but moving up to GT3 at this incredible track is awesome.”
 


Both DXDT Mercedes-AMG GT3 entries participated in a two-day test at COTA this past weekend as well as today’s unofficial practice session on the 20-turn track.




“I am very excited to get this season kicked off at Circuit of The Americas,” Braun said. “We had a really good test last weekend with the CrowdStrike Mercedes-AMG GT3 that allowed both George and I to get familiar with the car at this track. We have a long season ahead of us, so we are focused on building toward better and better results each weekend, and a deeper understanding of the Mercedes-AMG GT3. The field looks really strong which only adds to the excitement!”



Having double the data and feedback from two teams is already paying dividends for DXDT at the onset of the season.



“Two competitive cars makes a big difference,” Dalziel said. “We were able to get through a lot of changes and made good gains in our recent tests. The last time I raced at COTA in the Mercedes-AMG GT3 was 2017 and we dominated for the win, so it’s certainly a track that suits the car.



Typically, faster longer corners is where the Mercedes-AMG GT3 excels. There really isn’t a bad track on the schedule for this car, which is why so many race teams choose the Mercedes-AMG GT3.”




Askew and Dalziel run their first full season together in 2019 but the duo has already earned a podium finish in last October’s Intercontinental GT Challenge California 8 Hours at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca with a second-place result in the always-competitive Pro-Am division.



“The Pro-Am class looks really tough this year,” Dalziel said. “Last I checked, it was around 13 cars, the largest of the classes. Tough might even be an understatement looking at the great teams and drivers. I’m confident, however, in our Mercedes-AMG GT3 package and team. DXDT Racing is here to win.”


This weekend’s races are preceded by opening official practice today and Blancpain GT World Challenge America qualifying Saturday morning.

 


 
Adam Saal- photos DXDT
 
 

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01.03.2019 / MaP

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