Testimonials - GrandPrix Race Manager

GrandPrix Race Manager

Race management software.

March 8, 2016
Alisha Linn
Hello Randy,

I wanted to thank you for your quick response on Thursday regarding the Race Manager software.

We had our race on Saturday and it was a huge success! This is the 2nd year we have used the software and after observing an AWANA Grand Prix who recorded everything by hand I knew there had to be something better out there. So grateful I found you online.

Thank you for your patience with me when I called so often last week. :-)

God Bless, (and until next year) ;-)

Easthaven Baptist Church
Kalispell, MT
February 29, 2016
Greg Melitski
Well I was that guy.... 24 hours to race day and I was not satisfied with what our pack had put together for the years most important event. Given free reign of the competition I assessed what we had. It was an older Derby Magic track and timer.

So I gave GrandPrix a call, and promptly put an order in. Next ran to the office supply store picked up a serial to USB cable some Avery 5804 stickers and some card-stock. The custom interface allowed me to begin communicating with the timer and with a few test commands sent had the track responding to my reset commands. I spent Sat night entering the pack into the registration and printed the car numbers and inspection sheets off. The next morning registration went off without a hitch!! Now nervous about my short order testing, I ran the scheduler and set up the auto heat and auto reset features. Fingers crossed we let the first heat go......

WOW the day was a complete success, we had the race screen projected and the spectators were all happy and having a good time. Used the card stock and printed off certificates on the spot, and today I am running all of the stats to distribute to the racers and crewchiefs. In addition I love that I can review stats as the race official and see how efficiently the day went, and happily we kept the race turnaround times to 90 seconds. There was no loss of action and kept even the tigers attention all day!! In the end I donated about $100 in upgrades to our track but was paid back with a room full of million dollar smiles... THANK YOU!!

Greg Melitski
Pack 141
Belvidere, NJ
November 19, 2014
Michael Herrmann
Last night our church held our AWANA derby. Using GrandPrix Race Manager is like a dream! I've run the race event computer for this event for several years. We've used Derby Master in the past and suffered numerous problems in nearly every event; software crashes, loss of the database, difficulty dealing with heat re-runs, etc. One year after running half the heats the software crashed and took the database with it. I had to recreate the competitor database from scratch while everyone waited and then start the race from the beginning. Talk about stress!

After every past event I told myself that we needed to get a better solution, but I never got around to it. This year, two days before the event, I bought GrandPrix Race [Manager] and thought we'd give it a shot. It is a joy to use. Everyone involved in the event is very pleased with the results. Instead of dreading it I'm actually looking forward to next years event.

Well done!


Michael Herrmann
First Evangelical Free Church
Sioux Falls, SD
September 3, 2014
Jason Alexander

Great idea! Thanks!

On a side note...

I want to thank you for this software. The last couple of years doing the pinewood derby were typically problematic and took several hours to run. Midway through the events we started losing the kids attention and to a certain extent our minds. There was a great deal of frustration among the parents. It's hard when you have little siblings and we are asking them to sit for 3 to 4 hours. It just doesn't work. Last year they asked me to help. They had purchased this application previously but hadn't figured out how to make it work with the track. They had a number of technical issues with the track and the timer they purchased. I was a bit nervous about taking this on and having things not working. Just in case I had a backup laptop and had another parent manually record the times in excel. I had it setup to calculate the results in case we needed to keep going. I even setup a portion of the track with the timer to test it in advance. That's how nervous I was.

It really did not take long to learn the software and get things setup correctly. It turned out to be one of the smoothest events we've ever had! We had the racing schedule printed in advance so the parent volunteers could efficiently load the track and keep things moving. Kids and parents absolutely loved the results screen and cheered with anticipation at both the start and finish. I had taken pictures of the kids when we registered the cars and was able to display them on the projector. There are so many other features that helped. I'm sure I'm leaving out other examples. It was incredible. I can't thank you enough for that!

This year I'm thinking about adding the sound and replay.

Thanks again,

Jason Alexander
Pack 4019
Bellingham, WA
March 16, 2013
Bob Paschke
WOW! What a difference GP Race Manager made for our Pinewood Derby. It enabled us to run more heats in less time and to base our scoring on time versus points which everyone found to be a more fair way to choose winners. The Scouts liked seeing their name, their car name and their race times projected on the video display and the boys got a big kick out of hearing the sound effects included with the software. A last minute entrant was easily integrated into the race schedule, something I would have had more difficulty doing using my old Excel spreadsheet method. Most importantly, the Tutorial and the Help functions are thorough and easy to understand.

Bob Paschke
Pack 125
Norfolk, MA
March 13, 2013
Eric Peress

I am the cub master for pack 681 based out of Basel Switzerland. Up till now we have been running our race manually, eyeballing the results and then calculating winners in an excel spreadsheet. This year decided to upgrade and invested in a track timer and your software, the Race Manager and Race Replay. Wow! What a difference it made. We received so much positive feedback from parents and leaders. And, without question this was the most enjoyable pinewood derby we have ever had. The race ran smoothly, the kids knew what was going on and were engaged the entire race, and having the instant replay up on the big screen was fantastic.

Without a doubt, this was the best investment we have ever made as a pack. Thank you so much.


Eric Peress
Pack 681
Basel, Switzerland
September 4, 2012
Philip Hamilton
Best race and the most fun our district ever had.

Our district tried all kinds of race systems, we even tried reinventing the wheel with our own software creations...

Nothing matches the fun we had with GrandPrix Race Manager.

We ran five or six heats of three and then I switched to auto and let the youth members on stage continue by themselves... The race was over in 1.5 hours and there were no issues.

The scouting youth appeared to be doing it all by themselves... because they were actually on their own. They were the perfect picture of fun.

Fun for all, easy to setup and manage, buy a guarantied memory maker, GrandPrix Race Manager gets my 100% endorsement.

Can't say more except, Thanks for a great event!

Philip Hamilton
Montreal West Island Area
Saint-laurent, Quebec Canada
April 1, 2012
William J. Shelp

Just want to let you know that my Pack finished its Pinewood Derby using the Grand Prix Software for the first time yesterday. And I must say it went off without a glitch. Your software has proven to be the best investment that our unit has ever made for our Derby events. I would highly recommend it to all units that are considering buying software for their tracks and computer interface. It is great.

Thank you,

William J. Shelp
Pack 557
Shinglehouse, PA
March 12, 2012
David Scott
Ran the derby this weekend and I have to say that GPRM worked flawlessly! Just to provide a bit of background, I'm a software developer myself and had previously used my own custom excel spreadsheet to run the race, but as this was to be my last year as PWD chair, I felt the need to hand-off something that didn't require any "customer support" from me. :) I'm generally VERY particular about software, so after trying several other packages (which will remain nameless), I was a bit concerned when I downloaded GPRM.

Well, everyone commented on how well the race went. I went straight to trophy rounds for the Cubs except for the 25 Tigers, which I ran down to 7, and then did a second round for Tiger trophies. This was followed by an open division that was just walk-up and sign-in, so I created the group on the fly (again:easy) and ran them. Then, I jumped back to my cubs and created a grand finals round and ran that. All-in-all, a fantastic program.

And since my oldest son won 1st place in the Pack, I was glad that I was using something "official" in order to remove any appearance of bias.

Thanks, Randy!

David Scott
Pack 688
Atlanta, GA
January 19, 2012
Jim O'Shell

We had three of our Den races last night and everything worked GREAT!!! The hands free operation worked great, the racer photos on the current heat screen was a big hit (except for the ones we mixed up due to adding them at the last minute), the automatic tie breaker rules were awesome (in the past we always had to run tie breaker heats), the large display was a HUGE difference from our old program, etc, etc, etc. Once we get better acquainted with navigating between the screens we'll be golden.

Thanks again,

Jim O'Shell
Pack 65
Hershey, PA
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