GrandPrix Race Manager


GrandPrix Race Manager Version 13.0

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. ***

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.

 

Supported Timers
Fast Track Fast Track Timers from MicroWizard
NewBold Timers Timers from NewBold Products
RaceMaster IV RaceMaster IV Timers
SmartLine SmartLine by eTekGadget
The Champ The Champ Timers from BestTrack
The Judge The JUDGE Timers from New Directions
Timestopper Timestopper by Intelligent Automation
Timer Compatibility Matrix
GrandPrix Race Manager can also be configured to work with other serial timers and even DIY systems.

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 - It doesn't matter if your organization is Cub Scouts®, Boy Scouts, Awana®, Royal Rangers, Royal Ambassadors, Lutheran Pioneers, YMCA Adventure Guides, Christian Service Brigade, CRC Cadets, or another 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 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.

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 - 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.1 These photos will be displayed on the Racing, Heat Winner, Track Record, and Awards/Standings screens. You can also print these on awards certificates.

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 - Compatible with other non-elimination scheduling methods such as Stearns, Round Robin, Chaotic Rotation, and others via import or manual entry.
  • Master Scheduling - 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 - You can even race without first building a schedule, for ad-hoc racing.
  • DOES NOT support Single, Double or Triple Elimination - Find out why
  • View our Suggested Race Format

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.
  • 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.
    • Displays the track record time and record holder.
    • 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 - 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 popular serial port timing systems, including Fast Track, The Judge, NewBold Timers, RaceMaster IV, Timestopper, SmartLine, and The Champ. Can also be configured to work with many other serial timers, even some Do-It-Yourself serial timers.
    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.
    Important Note: GrandPrix Race Manager V7.0 and above do not support parallel port devices (timing systems, solenoid gates or light trees).

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 - If you have RaceFX Version 3.0 or above installed, then you can launch the sound effects dashboard from the racing screen.
  • Supports RaceReplay Software - If you have our RaceReplay or above software installed, then GrandPrix Race Manager can automatically control the video recording and replay from the racing screen.

And much more...

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

 

Customer Comments
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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.

Upgrade Policy: Upgrade Now for $15.00

Registered users of any previous version 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 13.0:

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.

  • Extended Monitor Mode
    • Added a control to easily scroll the Rosters list up and down when displaying to the audience.
    • Added a control to easily scroll the Awards/Standings list up and down when displaying to the audience.
    • Added the ability for where the track records pop-up notification is positioned over the Racing screen.
    • Added a way to easily change the height of the bottom section of the Racing screen.
    • Made some other less notable improvements while in extended monitor mode.
  • Registration
    • List will be resorted upon addition of a new record and when a record is changed.
  • Awards Entry
    • List will be resorted upon addition of a new record and when a record is changed.
  • Standings
    • Added a head-to-head tiebreaker as the #1 tiebreaker rule, if using tiebreakers.
    • Added an option in the Software Options screen to exclude Grand Finals winners from being displayed in the group standings.
  • Scheduling
    • For Dynamic scheduling, heat order for phase 2+ has been randomized, so the fastest cars are not always in the last heats of a phase.
  • Racing
    • Fixed problem with on deck and top times full sized screens showing up on the primary screen when in extended monitor mode.
    • Added the ability to change font colors at the top section of the screen. This also affects tabs and their full screen versions.
    • Made top section fonts more visible when putting screen in test mode.
    • Added the ability for a custom message to be displayed on the Intermission screen.
    • When used to control RaceReplay Version 3.0, GrandPrix Race Manager will send the total amount of time to replay (excluding any DNF's). This is only for timers that provide a start of race indication.
  • Track Records Setup
    • Added an option not to display the pop-up notification but to still record any new track record.
    • Added access to the auto update option.
  • Software Setup
    • Added an option to display racers by First Name and Last Initial.
  • Hardware Setup
    • When not using a start switch, the scale speed columns elsewhere in the software will automatically be turned off.
  • Serial Timers
    • For custom timers, added check for copyright statement showing up in the timer data during the running of a heat. That is a sign of a power interruption which leads to inaccurate times.
    • Added a warning for The Judge users if the number of lanes reported by the timer is less than the number of lanes set in the software.
  • Reports
    • Screen will open up defaulted to the current round.
    • Added subgroup name to award certificates, if specified.
    • Added a Racer Schedules report. This shows racers which heats and lanes they will be racing in.
  • General
    • Several other less notable improvements and fixes were implemented.

Version 12.0 Changes

Screenshots:

To view the GrandPrix Race Manager screen shots, click on the images below to enlarge.

 

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

GrandPrix Race Manager Instructional Videos:

We've added a series of videos to help guide you through using GrandPrix Race Manager in your race.  Click on a link to view the desired video.

 

Video Description Version
Intro Navigating the Main Screen
Lite and Pro
Overview Tab
Use of the Overview Tab on the Main Screen Lite and Pro
Quick Start Tutorial Use of the Quick Start Tutorial Lite and Pro
Step 1 Create a Race Data File Lite and Pro
Step 2 Software Settings Lite and Pro
Step 3 Report Settings Lite and Pro
Step 4 Hardware Settings Lite and Pro
Step 5 Define Race Groups and Subgroups Lite and Pro
Step 6 Define Awards (optional) Lite and Pro
Step 7 Register Racers Lite and Pro
Step 8 Create Race Schedules Lite and Pro
Step 9a Run the Race Lite and Pro
Step 9b Starting a New Round and/or Grand Finals Round (optional)
Lite and Pro
Step 10 Awards Ceremony (optional) Lite and Pro
Reports How to use the Report Viewer to generate, print and export reports. Lite and Pro
Partial Heat Rerun How to rerun a heat without rerunning all of the racers in that heat. Lite and Pro
Timer Malfunction How to deal with a timer communications failure during your race. Lite and Pro
Master Scheduling How to use master scheduling to keep all of your racers involved during the race. Pro
Add a Late Racer How to add a racer to your schedule after racing has already begun. Pro
Custom Timer Setup How to setup the software to interface with a non-supported commercial or DIY serial timer. Pro
Exclude Racers How to allow a racer to run but not show up in the standings. Pro
Exclude Grand Finals Winners How to keep the Grand Finals winners from showing up in the standings for their original race groups. Pro
Interface to RaceFX How to interface GrandPrix Race Manager and RaceFX to automatically play sound effects during the race. Pro
Interface to RaceReplay How to interface GrandPrix Race Manager and RaceReplay to automatically record and do a video replay of each heat. Pro

Minimum Software Requirements:

  • 2.2 GHz or better CPU
  • 32 or 64 bit versions of Windows® XP SP3, Vista SP2, 7, or 8
  • 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 via a compatible Video Capture Device** (Composite Video or S-Video connection to video camera and USB to computer).

* FireWire is also known as IEEE-1394 or i-Link®
** If using a video capture device, check the system requirements for that device.

GrandPrix Race Manager Downloads:

Download Version 13.0

Version 13.0 Updates

Previous Versions and their Updates

 


 

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Important Notes:

  • If you do not have a serial number to unlock the software, it will run in Demo Mode. The demo mode has some limitations on it, but you should be able to sufficiently evaluate the software. Once you purchase a license and receive your serial number, you will be able to unlock all of the software's functionality.
  • Serial numbers are product and version specific. You cannot use a serial number from one of our other software products or for a different version of GrandPrix Race Manager.


Prerequisites:

For Windows XP Users:

  • The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 needs to be installed in order to run this software. The 4.0 version of the framework does 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.


Version 13.0 Files:

Operating System Approx File Size Download
Windows XP SP3, Vista SP2, 7, or 8
12.6 MB Download GrandPrix Race Manager