GrandPrix Race Manager

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GrandPrix Race Manager Version 15.0

GrandPrix Race Manager™ is an application that will help you manage your Pinewood Derby®, Awana® Grand Prix, Space Derby®, Raingutter Regatta, and other similar races by Royal Rangers, Royal Ambassadors, Lutheran Pioneers, YMCA Adventure Guides, Christian Service Brigade, CRC Cadets, Master Clubs, and other organizations. GrandPrix Race Manager handles registering racers to determining award winners, making your race more organized, shorter and enjoyable for all. GrandPrix Race Manager is highly customizable and easy to use.

*** Our competitors may claim that they provide the leading race management software, but we feel that the software should do the talking! Download our demo and theirs and see for yourself who provides the best software on the market. In addition, we provide quick and professional support for our software to help you have a smooth race. ***

Key Features

Key Features:

  • Flexible and Easy to Use
    • Step By Step Use - The software indicates the steps to take to run your race. Check off each step as you complete it.
    • Adapts to Different Types of Races - Customizable for racing cars, semi-trucks, Space Derby® rockets, Raingutter Regatta boats, and other race vehicles.
    • Not Tied to One Specific Way - The software gives you the flexibility to run a race in many different ways. The software will not dictate how you should run your race.
    • Customize to Your Organization - You can define your race groups and subgroups to be whatever you want.
    • Number of Lanes - Supports from 1 to 8 lane tracks.
    • Large Font Screens - Roster, Racing, On Deck, Standings, and Awards screens have fonts large enough to display to an audience on a large TV or projection system.
    • Highly Customizable - Many options are provided to allow you to customize the software to better suit your needs.
    • Lite and Pro Versions - A Lite Version of the software is available for those users that need just the basics.  A Pro Version is available for those needing more flexibility and features.  Compare Lite and Pro Versions
  • Racer Registration
    • Simple Racer Registration - Manually enter racers or import racer information from an existing spreadsheet or database. You can also import racer data from or export data to DerbyDMV.
    • Vehicle Number Flexibility - Racers can choose their own vehicle numbers or they can be assigned by the race staff or by the software.
    • Racer Photos (Pro Version) - If you wish, you can add photos of each racer or of their race vehicle. You can even capture the photos directly from a web cam or video camera.** These photos will be displayed on the Racing, Heat Winner, Track Record, and Awards/Standings screens.
  • Race Scheduling
    • Static Scheduling - The software has built-in generators for Perfect-N Type and Lane Rotation schedules.
    • Dynamic Scheduling - Built-in Dynamic scheduler maximizes the number of racers to win at least one heat. Competition gets tighter for all racers as the race progresses, since racers are matched up based on performance.
    • Other Scheduling Methods (Pro Version) - Compatible with other non-elimination scheduling methods such as Stearns, Round Robin, Chaotic Rotation, and others via import or manual entry.
    • Master Scheduling (Pro Version) - Collate your group schedules for a round into a master schedule. Keeps racers more involved and not waiting for their group's turn to race.
      Note: Does not work with Dynamic scheduling.
    • Ad-Hoc Scheduling (Pro Version) - You can even race without first building a schedule, for ad-hoc racing.
    • DOES NOT support Single, Double or Triple Elimination - Find out why
  • Race Scoring - Score by points or by elapsed time.
    • Times Scoring - Score by your choice of Cumulative, Average or Single Fastest elapsed time. You can even ignore each racer's worst time, so one bad run doesn't hurt them!
    • Points Scoring - Points are awarded based on finish order.
    • Auto or Manual Entry - Results can be entered automatically, via one of the supported timing systems, or manually.
  • Running the Race
    • Race Rounds - Run any number of rounds for each race group. You can also run a Grand Finals round of the top finishers from each race group.  See our Suggested Race Format for one possible way to run a race with our software.
    • Full Featured Racing Screen
      • Displays current heat's racers and their lane assignments. Also displays results for each racer once heat is completed.
      • Displays "On Deck" racers.
      • Displays the list of top times (Pro Version).
      • Displays the track record time and record holder (Pro Version).
      • Automatically receive input from a timing system, if one used.
      • Run head-to-head tiebreaker heats, if needed.
      • Play sound effects.
      • Re-run a heat, if necessary.
      • And more...
    • Tiebreakers (Pro Version) - If you have a tie in the standings, you can apply a set of tiebreaker rules to break it without any further racing. You can also break the ties in head-to-head fashion.
  • Hardware Interfaces
    • Timing Systems - Supports several popular timers, including Derby Timer, Fast Track, NewBold Timers, RaceMasterSmartLine, The Champ, The Judge, and Timestopper. It can also be configured to work with many other serial timers, even many DIY timers (Pro Version).
      Important Note: We make no guarantees on how well serial timers not specifically listed above will work with this software.
    • Start Light "Christmas Tree" - Supports triggering a compatible drag racing style start light "Christmas Tree" via the serial port.
    • Solenoid Start Gate - Supports triggering a compatible solenoid start gate via the serial port.
  • Awards and Standings
    • Awards Management - Define an unlimited number of design, speed and other awards. Designate the winners of each, after they are determined.
    • Certificates - Print out awards and participation certificates.
    • Awards Ceremony - Display the awards and speed standings during your awards ceremony.
  • Reports
    • Variety of Reports - Numerous reports are provided, from rosters to race statistics and everything in between.
    • Export Reports - Reports can be exported to various file formats and even be posted to your website. You can even use these to create your own custom reports.
    • Customizable - Several reports provide customization options. Advanced users can go further by editing the report template files.
  • Other Features
    • Race Statistics - Detailed statistics are provided for groups, racers, lane, and overall race performance measures.
    • Supports Power Point Presentation Remotes - Your MC or race director can control the large-font screens using one of these types of remote control.
    • Supports RaceFX Software (Pro Version) - If you have our RaceFX Version 6.0 or above installed, then GrandPrix Race Manager can automatically control the playing of sound effects during the race.
    • Supports RaceReplay Software (Pro Version) - If you have our RaceReplay installed, then GrandPrix Race Manager can automatically control the video recording and replay from the racing screen.
    • Supports DerbyWeb Add-On (Pro Version)DerbyWeb add-on interfaces with your GrandPrix Race Manager data file and allows your race crew and spectators to access specific race data via tablet computers or smart phones.
  • And much more...

** Snapshot feature requires a compatible video camera or webcam and a connection to your PC. See the Requirements tab for specific hardware needs.

Supported Timers

Supported Timers:

Derby Timer brand timers Fast Track Timers from MicroWizard Timers from NewBold Products RaceMaster IV Timers SmartLine by eTekGadget The Champ Timers from BestTrack The Judge Timers from New Directions
Timestopper by Intelligent Automation
Derby Timer Fast Track NewBold Timers RaceMaster SmartLine The Champ The Judge Timestopper

Timer Compatibility:

Refer to the Timer Compatibility Matrix on what GrandPrix Race Manager features each of the above timers support.

Note: GrandPrix Race Manager can also be configured to work with other serial timers and even DIY systems. (Pro Version)

Customer Comments

Customer Comments:
Check out the testimonials from some of our customers.

See how GrandPrix Race Manager features compare to competing software packages on our Software Comparison page. Decide for yourself which will best suit the needs of your race.

A portion of the profits from this software are donated to our local Awana club. Awana® is an international organization which seeks to teach girls and boys about the Gospel of Christ and to train them to serve Him through bible verse memorization, bible teaching, games, and other activities.

GrandPrix Race Manager is a trademark of Lisano Enterprises, LLC.
Awana is a registered trademark of Awana Clubs International.
Pinewood Derby, Space Derby and Cub Scouts are registered trademarks of the Boy Scouts of America.
Windows and Internet Explorer are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

What's New

Upgrade Policy: Upgrade Now

Registered users of Versions 10 and above of this software are eligible to purchase the upgrade. Anyone purchasing an earlier version of this software within 90 days of the newest version being released can contact us for a free upgrade.

What's New with Version 15.0:

GrandPrix Race Manager™ was originally written for use in our Awana Grand Prix races of Gateway Church of El Cajon, CA. Then it was offered as shareware for a couple of years before being rewritten as a commercial grade application and launched as Version 2.0. Each year we continue to improve the software and have used it to run our own Awana and Cub Scout races each year. Countless race coordinators have given their feedback and suggestions over the years, which has helped make GrandPrix Race Manager into a quality race management software package and an outstanding value for the price.

  • New or Improved Features for All Users
    • Main Screen
      • Added a Recent Files option to the Data File drop-down button.
      • Added the ability to delete all schedules in a round at once.
      • Modified round deletion. If a user wants to delete out Round 1, then it will delete out all of the Round 1 race schedules.
    • Registration
      • Improved the Import Wizard to make it more straightforward.
      • Added the ability to quickly Pass/Unpass/Delete selected racers.
      • Added the ability to sort by the First Name column.
    • Awards Entry - Added the ability to quickly delete selected awards.
    • Racing Screen
      • General
        • Disabled hands-free timing while in Test/Tie Break mode.
        • Added a note that starting new rounds is entirely optional.
      • Manual Heats (No Chart/Ad Hoc Racing)
        • Added a count of heats run in each lane for each racer.
    • New Rounds - Created a wizard to walk a user through starting a new round or Grand Finals.
    • Reports
      • Added the ability to view participation certificates by Subgroup.
      • When a new data file is created, Title 2 for the reports will default to today's date. The user can still edit Title 2 in the Reports Settings screen, if needed.
    • Hardware Settings
      • The Hide Disabled Lanes option will only be visible if a lane has been disabled.
      • When no timer is selected, the user can now change the lanes in use.
    • Turtle Awards - Added an option that racers must have crossed the finish line for each of their heats in order to be eligible for a turtle award.
    • General
      • Modified large font screens (Awards/Standings and On Deck) to remove the minimum 800 pixel width restriction. This provides for minimal width display when having these screens side by side with the Racing screen.
      • Several other less notable improvements and fixes were implemented.
  • New or Improved Features for Pro Users
    • Software Settings - Added an option to hide/display the tiebreaker code, if using tiebreaker rules.
    • Advanced Software Settings - Improved the configuration settings Export/Import feature to allow users to have multiple setting files they can switch between.
    • Top Times
      • General
        • The Date field will now show date and time.
        • Added the ability to hide the Speed column on the large font screen.
        • Modified the large font Top Times screen to remove the minimum 800 pixel width restriction. This provides for minimal width display when having screen side by side with the Racing screen.
      • Top Times Settings
        • Added the ability to create a new empty Top Times file.
        • Added the ability to delete multiple top times at once.
        • Added a warning if opening a Track Records file.
        • Added the option to hide the Date column.
    • Track Records
      • General
        • The Date field will now show date and time.
      • Track Record Settings
        • Added the ability to create a new empty Track Records file.
        • Added the ability to delete multiple records at once.
        • Added a warning if opening a Top Times file.
    • Remote Control of External Apps
      • Added a new Multicast Communications Mode to allow GrandPrix Race Manager to control RaceReplay and RaceFX at the same time. This feature was also added to RaceReplay Version 5.0 and RaceFX Version 7.0.
      • Added the ability to send a message to RaceFX during the revealing of awards and standings. RaceFX can then play a random sound effect from the desired sound category. This feature was added to RaceFX Version 7.0.
    • Racer Photos
      • Added the ability to set Landscape/Portrait mode when displaying and taking racer photos.
      • Added a camera shutter sound effect when taking a snapshot.
    • Registration - Added the ability to sort by the Exclude column.
    • Reports - Increased the size of the photo on the awards and participation certificates.
    • Master Scheduling
      • Improved master scheduling collation of schedules to keep smaller groups from finishing too soon.
      • Eliminated the Minimum Alternation setting, due to the above change, as it was no longer necessary.
    • Web Interface - Added support for our new DerbyWeb add-on interface. This allows your race crew and spectators to view certain race data via a tablet computer or a smart phone.
    • General - Several other less notable improvements and fixes were implemented.

Version 14.0 Changes



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Software Overview Software Settings Report Settings Hardware Settings
Main Screen Software Settings Report Settings Hardware Settings
Defining Race Groups and Subgroups Racer Entry Awards Entry Scheduling
Define Groups/Subgroups Register Racers Enter Awards Scheduling
Racing Screen Track Record Notification Awards Display Standings Display
Racing Screen Track Record Notification Display Awards Display Standings
Reports Award Certificates Lane, Overall, Group and Individual Stats
Reports Screen Certificate Reports Statistics


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Minimum Software Requirements:

  • 2.2 GHz or better CPU
  • 32 or 64 bit versions of Windows® XP SP3, Vista SP2, 7, 8/8.1, or 10
  • Internet Explorer® 5.01
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
  • 25 MB of hard drive space
  • 256 MB of RAM (512 MB recommended)
  • 800x600 screen resolution

Hardware Requirements (Snapshot Capture Feature)

  • A Webcam connected to the PC via a USB port.
  • Or a Video Camera connected to the PC via a FireWire* cable
  • Or a Video Camera connected to a compatible Video Capture Device**.

* FireWire is also known as IEEE-1394 or i-Link®
** Video capture device must support Microsoft DirectShow.


For Windows XP Users:

  • The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 needs to be installed in order to run this software. Later versions of the framework do not install what is required for this software, so make sure to install 3.5.
  • In order to install the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1, you do need to be running Windows XP Service Pack 3. If you are still running Service Pack 2, you will need to update your system before you can install the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1.

For Windows 7 Users:

  • The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 needs to be turned on in order to run this software. It comes pre-installed with Windows 7 but is not turned on by default. Refer to these instructions on how to turn that feature on.

For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 Users:

  • The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 needs to be turned on in order to run this software. It comes pre-installed with Windows 8/8.1 and 10 but is not turned on by default. Refer to these instructions on how to turn that feature on.


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