GrandPrix Race Manager

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Description

GrandPrix Race Manager Version 16.0

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: Master Scheduling 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 Fast Track, NewBold Timers, RaceMasterSmartLine, The Champ, and The Judge. 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. You can easily post these to your website.
    • Export Reports - Reports can be exported in a CSV (Comma Separated Values) file format so you can create your own custom reports.
    • Customizable - Several reports provide customization options.
  • 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...

Notes:
** 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:

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
Fast Track NewBold Timers RaceMaster SmartLine The Champ The Judge


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 11 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 16.0:

GrandPrix Race Manager™ was originally written for use in our Awana Grand Prix races at 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.

Version 16.0 is the fourth generation of this software (V1 Shareware, V2-6, V7-15, V16-?). This generation is a major overhaul of the software to accomplish two main goals. The first is to make the software as user friendly and intuitive as possible. The second is to make the software compatible with both Windows and Mac OS’s. This was a major undertaking, as the software had to be written in a different programming language, but we are proud of the results and believe that you will find the software even more useful and easier to use.

  • New or Improved Features for All Users
    • Main Screen
      • You can now delete all schedules in a round at once, as long as subsequent rounds have not been not started.
      • The ability to define race groups and subgroups has been moved to a more prominent location, its own tab on the Main screen.
      • Delete options are easier to find.
      • The Recent File list has been increased to 10 files.
    • Registration
      • Added a counts summary for easy reference (racers, passed, excluded, finalists, and grand finalists).
      • Racer Import - Added ability to import directly from a GrandPrix Race Manager SQLite data file. You can import old rosters and then edit as needed.
        • Note: Version 16 and above only supports SQLite data files. MDB files are no longer supported. Import is not available for Version 14 and below.
    • Awards
      • Awards Import - Added ability to import directly from a GrandPrix Race Manager SQLite data file. You can import your old awards list and then edit as needed.
        • Note: Version 16 and above only supports SQLite data files. MDB files are no longer supported. Import is not available for Version 14 and below.
    • Scheduling
      • You can now generate Phase Shifted Lane Rotation schedules when scoring by Points.
      • Schedule Imports
        • Import files can be comma, tab or space delimited.
        • Import files can include actual vehicle numbers for your racers.
        • Import files can include a line with column titles.
    • Racing Screen
      • Consolidated all screen controls to the bottom left section of the screen.
      • If using racer images, the images will automatically scale so all lanes will be visible on the screen.
    • Standings
      • Added a scoring method and options summary on the Standings tab of the Main screen, for easy reference.
      • If throwing out the worst time for each racer, the software will wait until racers have more than one heat time accumulated.
    • Reports
      • Easier to find the bulk report generation and export operations.
      • Added a filter by subgroup ability for the awards reports.
      • Added the ability to choose if to use custom field filtering or not.
    • Hardware Settings
      • The Judge Timer - Added the ability to use the timer without a start switch.
    • Advanced Software Settings
      • The Group and Subgroup label lengths have been increased to 10 characters.
    • General
      • The entire UI (User Interface) has been redesigned. Screens have been simplified and decluttered, while still maintaining functionality.
      • The “Export” button to export a data table’s data to a CSV (Comma Separated Values) file has been made more obvious.
      • The software's help file has been overhauled to make it easier to find the needed information.
      • Several other less notable improvements and fixes were implemented.
  • New or Improved Features for Pro Users
    • External Apps Interface
      • Added ability to fully test the external interface without having to have a timing system connected to the software.
    • DerbyWeb
      • Added the ability to enable/disable the DerbyWeb interface in the Advanced Software Settings screen.
      • Added support for DerbyWeb Version 2.0 to display race standings.
    • General
      • Several other less notable improvements and fixes were implemented.

Version 15.0 Changes

Screenshots

Screenshots:

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Software Overview Competition Groups Registration Scheduling
Overview Competition Groups Registration Scheduling
 
Heat Results Standings Awards Racing Screen
Heat Results Standings Awards Racing Screen
 
Standings Screen Awards Screen Software Settings Hardware Settings
Standings Screen Awards Screen Software Settings Hardware Settings
 
Reports Settings Reports Awards Certificates  
Reports Settings Reports Screen Awards Certificates  

 

Videos

GrandPrix Race Manager Instructional Videos:

Note:  We will be updating our videos shortly to reflect the new user interface introduced in Version 16.0

Requirements

Minimum Software Requirements:

  • Microsoft Windows (Vista, 7, 8/8.1 or 10) - (Mac OS X version coming soon)
  • 2.0 GHz or better CPU
  • Web Browser to view the Help files (Internet connection is not required)
  • 135 MB of hard drive space
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 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.

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