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DXDT Chasing Pro-Am Title Amid Off-Season Growth

David Askew on hopes for GTWC America season after off-season expansion, relocation…

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DXDT Racing owner/driver David Askew says the team’s off-season relocation to North Carolina and expansion to include five cars in three SRO America series is the next step in his long term goal of building a competitive race team.

In just a few years, DXDT has grown into one of the largest outfits in the SRO America paddock.

The team earned the 2020 TC America TCA championship with driver Kevin Boehm and came close to taking the Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS Pro-Am crown as well with George Kurtz and Colin Braun.

All three of those drivers return in similar programs alongside Askew and Ryan Dalziel’s continued presence in the top category, while they’ve been joined by Erin Vogel and Michael Cooper in a third Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo for SRO America’s top series.

CJ Moses, meanwhile, completes the lineup with a Mercedes entry in the new GT America powered by AWS series.

According to Askew, the off-season expansion and logistical realities of the SRO America schedule made the move to their new 20,000 sq. ft. North Carolina base from DXDT’s longtime headquarters in Salt Lake City a necessity.

“We’ve kind of been gypsies for the last few years working out of Utah at Utah Motorsports Campus, but with SRO, most of the racing ends up out in the east [coast],” Askew told Sportscar365.

“We were finding ourselves working out of other people’s shops because it wasn’t really cost effective to move everything back to Utah after every race.

“It became apparent to us that we needed to get east, plus as the team was growing we have an every-increasing appetite for personnel.

“The talent pool is big in the Charlotte/Mooresville area, so we moved to Statesville which is a little bit north of Mooresville.

Askew, who has long-term plans for the team beyond the scope his his own driving career, said the addition of a third GTWC America entry was demonstrative of the maturation of his team into a race-winning operation.

“We’ve constantly been growing the team,” he said. “We made a decision that we would take on one more endurance team. It’s another development group if you will with Erin Vogel and Michael Cooper.

“They had driven together in GT4 and she really wanted to make the move to GT3. She was very aggressive in looking for a team that could support her. She came and tested with us I think she liked what she saw.

“I think she saw the level of commitment we have to the team and growing the team and making sure that everything is proper and being done the right way.

“I really want to attract racers to this program. I think I’ve been able to do that with George Kurtz. He’s a very, very intense, focused guy. He’s all about winning.

“He wants to do whatever he was to do to win races. I think Erin is the same way. Everybody is focused on the same goal which is performance.”

Askew added that the team’s 2020 accomplishments had proven what DXDT is capable of and he hopes the off-season growth will allow the operation to take another step forward.

“We nearly won a championship in GT3 last year,” he said. “We won a TCA championship, so I’d really like to see Kevin repeat that now that he’s moved up to TC. I think that will be one of the goals.

“I think that getting a championship in Pro-Am is really what we’re after this year. I expect to win races, I expect to have podiums, but we really want to get that championship.”

Ryan Myrehn is an Indianapolis-based broadcaster and reporter. In addition to his work covering primarily domestic sports car racing for Sportscar365, he is a pit reporter for SRO America's TV coverage as well as for IndyCar Radio. Myrehn, a graduate of DePauw University, is also the host of Sportscar365's “Double Stint” Podcast.

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