GrandPrix Race Manager

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GrandPrix Race Manager Version 14.0

 

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
Derby Timer Derby Timer brand 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 - 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.
    • 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, RaceMaster IVSmartLine, 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.
  • 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.

 

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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 $20.00

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 14.0:

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.

 

  • Pro and Lite Versions
    • New users of GrandPrix Race Manager can now get their feet wet with the Lite Version of the software. The Lite Version includes all of the basic functionality needed for running a race, but without all of the advanced options and flexibility that may be confusing for new users.
    • The Pro Version of the software provides advanced features for users that need more functionality and flexibility in running their race.
    • Compare Lite and Pro Versions

       

  • New or Improved Features for Pro Version Users
    • Lite Mode - Pro Version users can take advantage of the new Lite Mode to simplify the software until they are ready to dive into the advanced features. Pro Version users can easily put the software into Lite or Pro Mode at any time.
    • Remote Control of Sound Effects - Starting with RaceFX Version 6.0, GrandPrix Race Manager and RaceFX can be interfaced together to play a random sound effect at the start of a heat and/or the end of a heat. This interface can even work over a network.
    • Track Records - Easily import track records from your old GrandPrix Race Manager race data files. Simply open a data file and click the Import button on the Track Records Settings screen and the software will search for any track records.
    • Top Times - Import top times from your old GrandPrix Race Manager race data files. Simply open a data file and click the Import button on the Top Times Settings screen and the software will search for any top times.
    • Migrating to a New Computer - Migration has been made easier by adding a new export and import feature for the software settings. Export the software settings file from the old computer and then import it into the new computer.
    • Timing Audit - Improved the audit to reduce the chance of false timing anomaly warnings. It now takes into account the possibility of lube break-in over the course of a race.
    • Master Scheduling - Modified the Racing screen's title bar to signify when master scheduling is being used.
    • Chart Imports - The new Import Wizard will help users more quickly import a chart from a CSV or TXT file.
    • General - Several other less notable improvements and fixes were implemented.

       

  • New or Improved Features for All Users
    • Group and Subgroup Setup
      • The new Organization Structure Wizard will help users quickly setup their race groups and subgroups. Select what organization you are from (Awana, Cub Scouts, Royal Ambassadors, Royal Rangers, Trail Life, and Other), select a few options and the wizard will create the groups and subgroups for you.
      • Added an Organization button on the Main screen's button bar for easier access to the Organization Structure screen.
    • Racer Import
      • The new Import Wizard will help users more quickly import data from a CSV file, a TXT file or from a DerbyDMV data file.
      • First name and last name are no longer required when importing rosters from a CSV file. If that information is missing, a placeholder will be entered, which you can later change.
    • Awards Imports - The new Import Wizard will help users more quickly import data from a CSV or TXT file.
    • Scale Speed Display - Speed is now displayed out to two decimal places. This minimizes the issue of the same speed being displayed when finish order is different.
    • Registration - Made the column sorting more intelligent. Adds in secondary sorts.
    • Overview Tab - Made shortcuts more intelligent, based on what actions had already been completed in the software.
    • Hardware Settings - For users that are not using a start switch with their timer, they can now set the auto reset time for the timer.
    • Timers - Added support for Derby Timer brand timers.
    • General - Several other less notable improvements and fixes were implemented.

       

Version 13.0 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.

 

Video Description Version

http://youtube.com/watch?v=nxXLOK5C0PY
Intro - Navigating the Main Screen
Lite and Pro

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Z28SYHt6PS8
Use of the Overview Tab on the Main Screen Lite and Pro

http://youtube.com/watch?v=tXku-D4uWeo

Use of the Quick Start Tutorial

The tutorial walks you through each of the steps listed below.

Lite and Pro

http://youtube.com/watch?v=RzJAPDIKav8

Step 1 - Create a Race Data File

A data file stores all of your race data.

Lite and Pro

http://youtube.com/watch?v=ngaf34s3awg
Step 2 - Software Settings Lite and Pro

http://youtube.com/watch?v=bpgZZQFXz90
Step 3 - Report Settings Lite and Pro

http://youtube.com/watch?v=eCXYDV4ZS18

Step 4 - Hardware Settings

Setup and test your hardware with the software.

Lite and Pro

http://youtube.com/watch?v=6L3vVAnn7bM
Step 5 - Define Race Groups and Subgroups Lite and Pro

http://youtube.com/watch?v=j0EPYbjUx5o

Step 6 - Define Awards (optional)

Covers manually entering awards or importing a list of awards from a CSV or tab delimited TXT file.

Lite and Pro

http://youtube.com/watch?v=AmW9wmZUYfs

Step 7 - Register Racers

Covers manually entering racers, importing a list of racers from a CSV or tab delimited TXT file and importing racers from a DerbyDMV data file.

Lite and Pro

http://youtube.com/watch?v=zwnEsR9lsu8

Step 8 - Create Race Schedules

Covers the built-in race schedule generators.

Lite and Pro

http://youtube.com/watch?v=q5b3ZNM6hCo

Step 9a - Run the Race

Covers the basics of running the races.

Lite and Pro

http://youtube.com/watch?v=F8snrwsLX9Y
Step 9b - Starting a New Round and/or Grand Finals Round (optional)
Lite and Pro

http://youtube.com/watch?v=IZtz0bZgWbM

Step 10 - Awards Ceremony (optional)

Display speed, design and other awards to your audience.

Lite and Pro

 

Video Description Version

http://youtube.com/watch?v=VzFBsA-9yTw
Reports - How to use the Report Viewer to generate, print and export reports. Lite and Pro

http://youtube.com/watch?v=tTDEAMaoMy8
Partial Heat Rerun - How to rerun a heat without rerunning all of the racers in that heat. Lite and Pro

http://youtube.com/watch?v=polbsUlnRJg
Timer Malfunction - How to deal with a timer communications failure during your race. Lite and Pro

 

Video Description Version

http://youtube.com/watch?v=zrT6Tg_pRHU
Master Scheduling - How to use master scheduling to keep all of your racers involved during the race. Pro

http://youtube.com/watch?v=E8wmN8h09xQ
Add a Late Racer - How to add a racer to your schedule after racing has already begun. Pro

http://youtube.com/watch?v=6iFO-2oSYKI
Custom Timer Setup - How to setup the software to interface with a non-supported commercial or DIY serial timer. Pro

http://youtube.com/watch?v=-PtT95RuR44
Exclude Racers - How to allow a racer to run but not show up in the standings. Pro

http://youtube.com/watch?v=BycNzQKgniQ
Exclude Grand Finals Winners - How to keep the Grand Finals winners from showing up in the standings for their original race groups. Pro

http://youtube.com/watch?v=-EzAsWDPm6w
Interface to RaceFX - How to interface GrandPrix Race Manager and RaceFX to automatically play sound effects during the race. Pro

http://youtube.com/watch?v=pMaei2YA-YM
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 14.0

Version 14.0 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 14.0 Files:

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