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Incredibly happy to be writing this blog entry to introduce the Track Attack Analytics App into a public Beta!  We’ve been working on this for the past 6+ months and glad to finally get it to more people’s hands.

What is it?

First, it’s a companion experience.  Our goal with Track Attack has always been to be more than just an app and this is one big step to proving that.  When you become a Track Attack user, you get a great app to record lap times and video, a place to store your entire history, share easily with friends online and now, a place to analyze your data in the easiest way possible.  It is initially available for Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 tablets, laptops and PC’s.

We’ve been working with leading minds in the motorsport industry (coaches, drivers and instructors) on identifying the most critical views of data and things to focus on for the vast majority of drivers.  We then took those views and made those the center of the app experience so that anyone can easily analyze their data.  No need to be a tech wiz or a race engineer to ‘play with data’!

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This is not data analysis for pro-racing teams making a living from racing.  This is data analysis for the rest of us.  We will continue to improve and tweak based on your feedback but our goal is not to be another AIM Race Studio or Motec or Pi.  We will focus on the making the core views on data easy to gather, easy to use and easy to share/compare.

Single Lap Analysis

The first view in the app is the ability to view a single session/lap in isolation.  The point here is really to zoom in on you and whether you are driving at the limit.  When we talked with driver coaches and instructors, they told us that after they’ve covered the basics with a driver and they knew the driver understood the track, braking points, turn-in points, the line, etc… they would then turn their focus to the traction limit.

Single Lap Analysis

How much of the traction limit is the driver using and how consistent are they?  This is where we focus in on the traction circle.  The accelerometers in most smartphones aren’t great but they can get the job done.  The goal here is to see if and how that little dot in the traction circle is moving around?  Is it transitioning smoothly from braking, to turning to acceleration – around the traction circle in a nice arch?  Or is moving forward under breaking and then back down before shifting to the side for the turn?  That’s the difference.  Coaches told us that many times, they will prefer to have a driver, driving at the limit across the track over driving the perfect line around the track.

Multiple Session Analysis

Alright, you dug into your laps and you think you have a handle on the traction limit.  Now, you want to see what you did different in that one magical lap.  You did something and got faster but you have no idea what.  This is where the multiple lap analysis view shines.  Here you can select any two laps within a session and compare them on top of each other.  You can watch the laps play real time and see the differences in the video, see the differences on the map and figure out what’s going on.

Now you know!

Multi-Lap Comparison

Segment Report

This is the crown jewel!  In the analytics app you can go into each of the tracks you’ve driven and create segments.  Those segments are then applied to all of your sessions and this really shines in a few places:

  1. When you’re comparing two laps, we calculate the differences in segment times automatically and you can zoom in immediately and see where the biggest differences in time are.  This is even more powerful if you are able to get a driver coach, instructor or just a faster driver to drive your car in a session or split a session together.  You then have their data and can see exactly where the gaps in lap times are – instantly!
  2. Continuing on the theme of having someone else drive your car in a given session or comparing two sessions (one where you drove and another where the other person drove), you can now pull a segment report across all of that data and come up with a virtual fastest lap.  This is where we take the fastest times for each segment and put together a virtual fastest lap (or sometimes referred to as a theoretical fastest lap).  Great but this is available in other places.  Well, we go one step further!  If you have the video for each of those sessions uploaded, we then piece together the video of all of those fastest segments and compile a video that virtual fastest lap.  Now, you can see exactly what that lap looks like.  This is even more powerful when you use a GoPro as your camera source, getting a shot of the driver (for the driver inputs) and looking out the front windshield.  There is nothing more powerful that you can use for a visualization tool!
  3. Lastly, you can do the above in #2 for just your laps.  Take any single session and analyze your segments, the virtual fastest lap, the corresponding video and even drill into any individual segment cell, not just the fastest ones.

Segment Analysis Sector Management

The last thing here is that you find that in a given session, where you might have focused only on the fastest lap before, now you know that there is a ton of value in the other laps.  Maybe a lap wasn’t the overall fastest because of traffic or a mistake but you could have had a great segment time there.  Now you will know and it’s time to put it all together!

How To Videos

Even though we made it a goal to have this be the easiest to use analytics tool in motorsports, it’s new and we wanted to show you all how to use it.  So we shot a bunch of How-To videos and put them directly in the app!

How-To Videos

Let us know how to make it better!

Lastly, this experience is in public beta and it will be for a while, for a reason.  We want to make this better with your input and feedback.  Check it out, use it, beat it up, break it and tell us how to make it better!  Tell us and share your thoughts with everyone else here on the Support Forum!

 

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With sprint season over, it was time to turn to the 2 hour and 8 hour endurance fall race, a part of the Festival of Endurance that is held each year to end the ICSCC season locally.

With the Track Attack #209 done for the year (separate blog post on that to follow), we decided to campaign the Track Attack #226 sister car, which belongs to our Architect, Manu Yareshimi!  This car is bad @$$ and one of the best prepared PRO3 cars in existence.  Manu purchased it from a solid driver and even better person, James Colborn and has been using it in his first year of club racing.

After obtaining his competition license, he experienced the joy of ‘shifting’ his engine and it was down for a couple of months, being rebuilt and readied for the endurance race.

The plan was to campaign the #226 in the 2 Hour race (with Manu and I [Gama Aguilar] co-driving) and the 8 Hour race (with Manu and two other guest drivers).  Further, I would drive a Spec E46 car for the first time, partnering with Grip Racing to drive the Red Bull #95 in the 8 hour endurance race.  I would be co-driving with two other drivers (Rob Dunn and Chuck Hurley).  I have been looking forward to this opportunity as we’ll likely make the move to Spec E46 in 2017 with a build starting in 2016.

Saturday AM Practice

As Saturday of the race approached, the weather forecasted shifted from sunny to rain, to partly cloud and back to rain several times.  By Friday night, it was expected that in the wee hours of Saturday AM showers would hit Portland but then stay dry and cloudy until around 8pm PST that evening, right around the last hour of the 8 hour race.  The rain came through and that morning it was cool, wet on the track and even more wet on the grass.

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I went out first in the Spec E46 on rain tires and upon hitting the first straight away, realized that my 5’6″ frame could operate the car BUT my arms were just barely not long enough to easily shift into 5th gear.  FTML!  After 15 minutes of getting used to the car, how careful you had to be on throttle application and initiating the brakes, I came back in to let Chuck and Rob have a go.

Then it was time to get a few minutes into the #226 PRO3 car as the 2 hour race would start within 20 minutes of practice concluding.  Unfortunately, the ice rink like conditions got the best of Manu and he went off track.  We spent the remaining time making repairs and my first time in the car would be when I would go in for the closing stint of the 2 hour race.

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2 Hour Race

Manu started the race and though we had a good qualifying position, it was still damp and we were going out in dry tires (Toyo RR’s) so we gave him guidance to just slowly warm up, get into a groove and not worry about fighting for position.  Just drive.  That’s exactly what he did and it was great!  He did go down one lap but he steadily improved and kept the car on track as the surface dried.

The first hour came and went fast and next thing you know, it was my turn to jump in the car for the 2nd hour.  Right as we were prepping the pit area for the car to arrive, we saw big plume of tire smoke at pit entry and unfortunately Manu came in a little hot and locked up the front left tire (the most important tire).  No matter, he came in, we did the driver change, refueled and got me going on track.

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Immediately as I came on track I merged right in front of the lead car.  We had un-lapped ourselves in the pit stop but now I had my work cut out for me to keep him behind me and ideally try to go all the way around the track and get the position back.  Turns out, our competitor was on his A-game and even though I had performed much better against him in the past at PIR, in the #209 PRO3 car – it was not to be.

I battled with him the entire race, gaining distance against him but only to catch slower traffic and have him catch right up.  About half way through the stint, I realized I wouldn’t be able to really pull away and catch him, so the goal was to just put down clean laps and focus forward.  All was going to plan until the last 5 minutes of the race.  The lock up earlier caused a slight flat spot and throughout the race, I could tell if I didn’t baby the tire on certain turns, it would chirp and tug.  Then all of a sudden, it got worse and that gave our competition all it needed to put the pressure on.

The last 3-4 laps were extremely tough – I had to be extra gentle on the tire, especially in turn 12 (last turn before the main straight), giving our competition a run.  Luckily the #226 engine (with a new head assembly) is stout and a great brake setup, so was able to hold him off in the braking zone for turn 1.

We ended up finishing in 2nd, putting down the fastest lap of the race for ME2 and having a blast.  Every single second of every single lap in that 2nd hour stint was with a strong competitor on my back, working our way through traffic or having much faster cars blowing past.

We’ll cover 8 hour in a second post.  In the meantime, thanks to Austin from Flying Bye Photo for being a driving force behind the enduro and for the awesome pictures!

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The New Track Attack Store

September 12, 2015

Super excited to announce that we have just launched the Track Attack online store (available for orders in the US only). Ever since we launched, we had users and potential users wanting to try out Track Attack and immediately buy a phone mount, an external GPS and sometimes even some of our swag!

Because we were so focused on the app itself, we sometimes had some accessories to loan but never to sell, not always the best situation.  We’ve decided to stock and sell the most important accessories, not because we want it to be a significant part of our business (our focus is software) but because we want to make sure that our customers have what they need.

Right now we’re stocking external GPS accessory from QSTARZ, Ram Mount kits, Track Attack shirts and hats.  In the future we’ll stock external GPS accessories from Dual (for iOS devices) and maybe even GoPro and ReplayXD cameras.  For now, check it out – order the things you need and make the most of our track day!

You’ll see as you’re checking out that we offer a shipping option of local pickup at a race track.  We attend a variety of race and track events, primarily in the Pacific Northwest, so if you will be at one of those races and know that we will also, select that option and we’ll hand deliver your order straight to you.  Just be sure to email, tweet or FB message us ahead of time to confirm that shipping option will work.

The 7th weekend in the ICSCC schedule was this past weekend and it was also the 9th race of the year in the PRO3 championship.  This is an annual event held at Portland International Raceways, using the chicane configuration of the 1.97 mile circuit.  PIR is an awesome track, that is quite different than the rest of the pacific northwest tracks.  It is more short, little to no elevation changes and pretty smooth track surface.  It doesn’t use up tires or brakes much and is known for being easy to get to 90% of an optimal lap time but that last 10% is really, really tough to get through.  You have to really be precise and consistent.

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Typically, it’s a really scenic and fan friendly circuit with great views of Mt. Hood in the background of pictures and big blue skies.  However, this past weekend, with all the forest fires going on in Oregon, Washington and California, there was a good amount of smoke in the air.  Going into the weekend, we felt really good after a 4th place finish at the Car Tender Challenge at Pacific Raceways.  We did regular maintenance on the car, put fresh front brake pads (Performance Friction) and felt good about the Toyo RR’s that only had 5 heat cycles on them from the last race.

Friday Test and Tune

Each race weekend, there is an Test and Tune, sometimes mixed with HPDE type drivers.  For this past Test and Tune, we were focused on getting the tire pressures dialed in as we would have similar weather each day, getting used to a hard mounted seat (got rid of the slider that had a bit too much slop) and as always, doing testing on Track Attack updates that are under development.

Overall, the day went really well with progress each session.  By the 3rd session, we were easily putting down lap times near personal bests and felt confident about being able to get into the 1:30.xxx mark.  On the last session, we did find out the hard way the importance of knowing where your fuel pickup is located and how the orientation of the track impacts when you run out of gas.  :)

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Saturday Qualifying and 1 Hour Mini-Enduro

We had an AM practice, afternoon qualifying session 1 for the main Group 1 race, qualifying for the Saturday mini-enduro and the mini-enduro itself.  Practice went pretty well but just not able to put a full lap together, getting to 1:31.1xx mark.  So close!  In the mini-enduro qualifying, we had a solid showing with the temperatures rising and qualified 2nd in ME2 class.

The afternoon qualifying for the Group 1 race was quite eventful.  We made a big effort to get on grid early and make sure we were turning laps with some of the big hitters in the series to catch some drafts and try to learn some things.  This plan was working well as we got behind Chris Hart, the current PRO3 series points leader but as we approached the last turn on the out-lap, went to brakes and the pedal went to the floor.  As the car went off-track, was fortunate enough to catch the car, pump the brakes and get some pressure back.  A little frazzled, got the car back on track and tested the brakes – all good.  A bit perplexed, we carried on getting a flying start to the next lap but as we got past turn 7, black flags started waving and into the hot-pits we went.  Turns out several cars were crossing the blend line, resulting in black flag session for a reprimand.

A few minutes later, we got started again but we only had time for 4 or 5 laps and there was traffic everywhere.  Came away with a disappointing 1:32.1xx.

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So we shifted focus to the mini-Enduro, estimating the necessary fuel and thinking through pit stop strategy.  We decided that I would start the race and pit about mid-way through the pit-window, handing the car over to Cody Smith of Code Red Racing and the 2013 PRO3 Series Champion.

Coming around for the green flag, we got a good start and was leading after the 1st lap. Started building a gap but traffic that was slow in the corners and fast in the straights held me up and Kevin Doyle from KD Motorsports took full advantage. He was on me and in my mirrors for the next 8 or so laps until when I went in too hot into turn 1, went sideways and decided to take the safe route out.  Ended up falling back about 8-10 seconds.

5 or 6 laps later, I handed the car over to Cody but during the pit stop, we couldn’t get the lap belt adjusted quickly enough so we lost a bunch of time, going down a lap. Cody still put down some awesome laps, putting pressure on the Bastos theme PRO3 car of Bruce Humberstone, eventually passing him. We ended up 4th in ME2 but still had a great time.  Watch the full race here on Trackattackapp.com.  

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37 laps, 1 hour, 2 drivers and 4th place.

Sunday Group 1 Qualifying and Group 1 Race

Sunday morning, we had plenty of time to plan and attack in qualifying to improve in the grid.  Despite knowing that I had to tap the brakes a couple of times before the braking zones, I just didn’t have confidence of having the brakes reliably there going into turn 12 and I ended up going through turn 10, 11 and 12 slower than normal.  Ended up with a 1:31.285 – an improvement from Saturday but not the 1:30.5xx we knew the car was capable of and we were shooting for.  So we started the race 24th overall and 11th in PRO3.

Right after the qualifying, we took off the wheels to inspect everything and see if we could find a way to improve the pad knock-back.  We found that the passenger front locking collar on the coilover had come loose, resulting in movement that was equal to a bad wheel bearing.  We tightened it up and decided to do some testing during lunch time race car rides with kids.  Thankfully, w had that extra track time and determined that the issue persisted so we sourced a new set of calipers from Advanced Auto Fabrications (AAF Spokane, WA) and swapped them in.

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During the warm up lap for the race, I drove on the curbing hard to see if we had fixed the issue and thankfully, we had!

Thanks to Reid Morris on the headset, I got a great start and was able to pass a handful of cars right away. By mid-way through the first lap, it became a battle with four other PRO3 cars. About a third of the way in, the #191 made a good move in turn 7 and got in front of me. Very quickly there after, I started feeling what felt like brake fade, usually going into a braking zone as I got closer to the #191. I thought the brake problems were continuing but then I saw the fuel spilling out of his car in left hand turns and realized I was too close, losing grip and getting it all over my windshield.

I decided to back off a little and see if I can get a run somewhere but a couple laps later he got the meatball and I was able to move forward to resume the chase after the Bastos #114. Early on I got close behind him but just not close enough or the right run to make an overtake stick, so I decided to stick to his rear as long as I could and see if he would give me an opening. It came with 3 or 4 laps left in the race as he got a little sideways in a couple of turns and then we hit the oil that a Datsun 510 put down on the track. I saw him wiggle, held off on full throttle until we got past it and got around him. After that, I just focused on putting down clean laps and not letting the yellow flags and traffic give up the gap I built (I almost overtook the Watson’s PRO3 car under yellow in the second to last lap, or so because I didn’t see the yellow until the last second – sorry Dave!!).

Overall, awesome race and we made the most of what we had going into the race and finished 5th. Was able to crack 1.30.xxx for the first time on Saturday during the mini-Enduro and feel confident that we could have done it during qualifying if we would have put the new calipers in earlier but it is what it is. Watch the full race here.  

Started 11th, Finished 5th!

Started 11th, Finished 5th!

Up next is the last round of the PRO3 championship at The Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, WA.  We’re shooting to make some improvements to the car, freshen it up and do some testing and coaching before the race weekend.

Lastly, enjoy some awesome photos taken by Austin from Flying Bye Photography – thanks Austin!

 

Getting ready for a track day/weekend: Recording a lap-based session

August 25, 2015

It’s Thursday and you’re looking forward to an awesome day or full weekend of on-track gloriousness! Whether you are doing a track day or a full wheel to wheel race, there’s a bunch of stuff on the list to prep.

One thing that you are probably thinking about but that is easy as 1, 2, 3 is how to record a session on Track Attack.  This article is intended to help get you and your phone ready to record a lap-based session (road racing, oval racing, rally-x or whatever other shenanigans you’re driving).

Before getting to the track:

  1. Make sure Track Attack is downloaded on your phone.  Track Attack is free to download and try 3 times before buying.
  2. Make sure you’re registered with a user name.
  3. Go to settings and pick your preferences:
    • Set the video quality you want for your sessions, if you’re recording video.  Check the amount of available storage you have on your phone and estimate how much space you’ll need based on the # of sessions you are going to run.
    • Decide if you want to use ‘Auto-Start’ feature.  This is super helpful in that it will initiate video and data recording automatically, once you hit the designated speed.  Note – you’ll still have to hit ‘Stop’ at the end of your session.
    • Download/update the Track Database!  Many tracks have shotty data connections because they are more remote, so when you download the Track Database, you will have everything you need to be able to record sessions without a data connection.
  4. For Windows and Android phones, you can ‘pin to start’ or create ‘widgets’ for the track you are going to drive so that you can initiate a session recording with one click from your home page!
  5. Double check connections to your accessories.  Some of  you are using external GPS devices for data sampling at 5 or 10hz and GoPro cameras (Windows Phone only right now).  Double check they have been paired and are showing the right status’ on the recording screens.

That’s it!  To be honest, we personally do #4 for all the tracks we typically race and #5 each morning.  Sometimes, the external GPS lose the pairing relationship with the phone (not the app) and need to be re-paired.  This appears to happen maybe once a month or so.

Before heading out to pre-grid:

You’re at the track and ready to head out to your session.  Here’s what you should do to get your session started:

  1. GPS check – we rely on GPS signals to accurately tell you what tracks are nearby and record data.  To jump start the accuracy of your GPS, launch your default mapping app and hit the button to center on your current location.
  2. Launch Track Attack.
  3. Select your session type (Road Course in this example).
  4. Select your race track.
  5. Hit Start AFTER the GPS accuracy turns green OR have your ‘Auto-Start’ feature turned on.
  6. As soon as you hit the designated speed (if Auto-start is on) and cross the start/finish line, lap timing will reset.
  7. Each time you pass the start/finish line, your lap time will flash for 5 seconds.
  8. Hit stop when you get off track or pass through the checkered flag.

That’s it!  TA will take you to the session summary page for that session.  If you recorded video, you can immediately playback any of the laps you drove.

 

 

As we’ve mentioned previously, in the Pacific Northwest, there are two main motorsports competition organizations for road racing; Northwest Region of SCCA and the International Conference of Sports Car Clubs (ICSCC).  Despite the more regional focus of the ICSCC (conducting races only in Washington, Oregon and Vancouver, BC), it by far ends up with larger fields across the classes.

Most classes are the same as those found in the SCCA and NASA, such as Spec Miata, the new Spec E46, Formula V, Formula Ford, etc… but PRO3 is unique to ICSCC (they are more powerful and slightly more capable Spec E30’s).  So, this was Round 5 of the calendar, held at the challenging and dangerous, Pacific Raceways.

Mid-season updates!

A couple races ago, at Spokane County Raceway, we ended the weekend on a high, getting the electrical demons from a bad MAF mostly sorted out and a strong run on the final points race.  The downer was that we noticed one of the front Koni yellow shocks had started leaking mid-way through the weekend and by the time we got home, the shock had dumped all of the remaining fluid in the trailer.  While the Koni’s perform well and are double-adjustable, we had been looking to move to something different because of non-clicking adjust knob nature of the shocks.  Unlike most modern coilover setups, when you wanted to adjust compression or rebound, the knobs didn’t click so you never really knew how much to ‘turn’ the knob and it was difficult to feel the difference – making set up changes pretty challenging.

So we turned to Fortune Auto and their 510 road-race only series coilover setup.  These coilovers are all custom made-to-order.  You cannot buy them off the shelf.  We contacted Fortune Auto, talked to them about our series, the car and the types of tracks we run and ended up with a setup made just for the Track Attack #209!

 

Fortune Auto 510 Coilovers for the PRO3 Track Attack #209

Fortune Auto 510 Coilovers for the PRO3 Track Attack #209

We go them installed with the help of our Crew Chief, Bryce Allen from Southlake European, we partnered with local hot-shoe, ex-pro driver and instructor/coach, Ted Anthony Jr. for testing day at Pacific Raceways.  After a full day of running, twisting knobs, tire pressure/temperature checks and changing drivers, we felt the car was dialed in and ready to turn some competitive laps for the weekend.

Thanks to Fortune Auto and Vivid Racing (who we purchased them through) for the great quality product and support!  Despite the 510’s being only single adjustable for both compression and rebound, they did everything we needed them to do and for half the price of the super-high end product.  The performance, quality and value is unmatched!

Qualifying

First, we decided to run the Track Attack PRO3 #209 in two groups (or two races); Group 1 is the main venue for the PRO3 class championship and Group 8, the venue for the Northwest Endurance Championship.  The endurance championship holds an endurance race each race weekend, with longer races to book end the start and end of the season (2, 6, and 8 hour races).  For the second time, we partnered with Ted Anthony Jr to co-drive in the endure after previously winning the PIR and Spokane rounds.

For Group 1 qualifying, the goal was take the 1:35.3xx lap times we had been able to clock and stick with the top 3 current runners, to catch a draft and punch our ticket into the mid to low 1:37.xxx lap times.  Unfortunately, we didn’t get out to pre-grid on time and despite putting down solid and consistent mid-1:38’s, we were stuck in no-mans land, too far from the next front runner and too far ahead of the next front runner.  We ended up qualifying 9th in PRO3 but feeling good about the race pace. Click here to watch the session (open in new tab or window).

 

Car Tender Challenge Group 1 Qualifying - where is a draft?!?!?

Car Tender Challenge Group 1 Qualifying – where is a draft?!?!?

For Group 8 qualifying, Ted took the wheel and battled with 2013 PRO3 champion, Cody Smith for pole position in the ME2 class of the enduro.  In the end, he edged Cody by .10 seconds to put us on pole for the race!  Cody would be partnering with Hank Moore, owner/operator of Advanced Auto Fabrication (who refreshed the #209 over the previous off-season).

Check out Ted’s qualifying fast lap here – using an iPhone 5, Optrix wide angle lens and a Ram Mount Claw holder/mount! Click here to watch the fast lap!

1:37.043 - one pole for the 1-hour endurance race and the fastest the #209 has ever gone around Pacific Raceways!

1:37.043 – one pole for the 1-hour endurance race and the fastest the #209 has ever gone around Pacific Raceways!

Race Day!

Group 8 1 Hour endurance race – ME2 class on Saturday afternoon

For the race, we decided to have me (Gama Aguilar) start the race with the objective of staying up front, creating the biggest gap possible to the next contenders (Hank in the AAF PRO3 2013 Champion car) and Bruce Humberstone (solidly fast driver in the Basto’s DTM era livery car) so I can hand over the car to Ted in 1st position and have him close the race.

Thankfully, we had our comm’s in great shape and got a good start, temporarily getting in front of faster class cars that Hank and Bruce would have to deal with and putting a gap.  A few laps in, there was a healthy enough gap to Bruce in 2nd place that I could start running qualifying style lines but suddenly, the waving white flag came out in 2, indicating a slow emergency vehicle on track (which ended up being near the turn 5a entry – killing a lot of my momentum).  I had to slow to respect the white flag and that let Bruce close the gap.  From then on, the gap would widen and shrink from lapping traffic, my own mistakes and good runs.  A couple laps after the pit window opened, feeling I had a good gap to Bruce, we pitted for the driver change.

During the pit/driver change, there was confusion about the minimum time required for the pit (1 minute stopped or 1 minute total).  We took the conservative approach, assuming the 1 minute pit requirement started after you came to a full stop but our closest competitor took only a 1 minute pit/driver change total – putting them in front after the pit stop.  Instead of arguing, Ted put his head down ate up the lead.  With about 10 minutes left in the race, Ted got close enough to go for the lead and in lap 26, he and Kevin Doyle exchanged leads a couple times with Ted ending up with the lead at the end of the lap.  From then on, he steadily built on the lead and with a late race off by the Basto’s car, we ended up with a win by 30+ seconds!

Check out the full race here – shot with a Lumia 640 phone, GoPro Hero 4 and QSTARZ 818XT.

Group 8 - 1 Hour Endurance Race.  We start on pole and come out with a win!

Group 8 – 1 Hour Endurance Race. We start on pole and come out with a win! Click on the link above and open in new window.

Group 1 Race – Sunday mid-afternoon

Finally!  The big race!  The race was run mid-afternoon, in about 80-85 degree weather.  Starting 9th in PRO3 and 14th overall put us in row 7 of the grid, close enough to make charge with a good start.  Historically, we’ve had decent starts with most improving race after race.  Thankfully again, we had our comm’s down really well, got a good start, positioned the car well and coming out of turns 3b and 6 was able to take advantage of the traction that would wear out as the race went on due to the heat.  By the end of lap 1, we were in 7th place, getting ready to overtake for 6th place on the main straight.  After getting into 6th, the race settled down for the most part, just outside the draft distance from the next car and just far enough from the trailing car and the pack that was battling hard for 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th place.

At some point the 4th place car retired, putting us in 5th place and though we were cutting the lead to 4th, we finished the race in 5th after a tough wreck ended the race under full course yellow.

The 5th place finish was a solid performance and with Ted’s help, showed the car has the capabilities to fight for podium positions every race.

Check out the full race here – click here and open in a new tab or browser window.

Making a charge on the first lap!

Making a charge on the first lap!

What’s next?

We have a few weeks of a break before the next race at Portland International Raceway, the weekend of August 22/23.  We plan on doing routine maintenance, prepping some new sticker tires and hoping for continued sunshine.  We will be running the same groups and this time, partnering with Cody Smith from Code Red Racing on the 1 hour endurance race and he might run the #209 in the Group 5 race.

 

Heading out for the 1 hour enduro!

Heading out for the 1 hour enduro!

Coming in for a pit stop and driver change.

Coming in for a pit stop and driver change.

Winning!

Winning!

Ted bringing some Dirt Fish action to the pavement.

Ted bringing some Dirt Fish action to the pavement.

Waiting for a driver change.

Waiting for a driver change.

Last week we pushed to production a big update for Android and though we published the update on Facebook and Twitter, we wanted to go into more detail here on what’s included.

1. New leaderboard view in the track profiles

This something we’ve been excited about, not just for the apps but for Track Attack overall.  Now, for each track profile, you will see the running leaderboard for each race track!  Now, you can know what a fast lap time for each track is and for now, you can also click into the session details to see more about that session but not the video itself or access the data, to respect privacy of the driver.

In the future, we will build out this functionality more across the other apps and the website.  You will be able to purposefully designate a session as public or private and be able to request access to the data for a given session.  This is how we’re going to use the power of data and the community of users to help each of us be better drivers!

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Leaderboard for each race track!

 

2. New session recording screens

We’ve received feedback from users over time that they would like to see while driving on track.  By default we’ve had the running lap timer, flashing the new lap time as each lap is completed but some users have wanted the last lap time displayed until a new lap time is recorded, while others have wanted to see speed averages.  We’ll we take cared of it!

Default – running lap timer: We’ll continue to have running lap timer as the default data that is viewed for each session.

Static lap time: Now you have an option to see the last completed lap time, stay displayed until you complete an new lap.

Speed averages: Some of our longer rally stage users have asked us for a view of their session where the average speed is displayed and updated real time as they drive.  This new screen will show the average speed for the current lap, which is updated 1x per second and the value resets after each lap is completed and below that, the entire session average speed.

3 options for session record screen while you drive!

3 options for session record screen while you drive!

3. Manual video and data sync

Software is weird and as hard as we might try, sometimes the data and video layers are out of sync by a second or so.  On some tracks and some days it is perfectly fine and on other days/tracks, they are out of sync.  Well, now we let you manually fix these situations.  In each session, you’ll find a Video Sync button where you can move forward or backward the video position relative to the data layer.

Our recommendation is that you start with the first lap, find the best alignment and then the app will automatically adjust all remaining laps.

Manually sync any sessions where the video and data layers are out of sync.

Manually sync any sessions where the video and data layers are out of sync.

4. Bug fixes!

It’s on an ongoing battle.  We cleaned up a bunch of code and fixed all reported bugs and crashes over the past 3 months.

 

 

We just hit ‘release’ on an update we’ve been working for the past couple of months.  It’s packed with a few awesome new features and a long list of performance enhancements and bug fixes.

New Features:
1. Export your data to .csv format!  Now you can export so you can analyze your data and create other videos – do whatever your hear pleases!  For each session (even those recorded prior to this release), simply go to your session summary and you’ll see a .CSV icon or an Export to .CSV option in the menus (depending on your screen size).  Press that button and then the file is generated and placed in your phone’s default ‘Documents’ folder,  in a special Track Attack folder.

This will work whether you recorded with your phones internal GPS radio (samples at 1x per second) or an external accessory (QSTARZ sampling at 5x and 10x per second), however we believe you’ll see the best data and have the most use with sampling at 5 and 10hz.

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Look for the Export to CSV in the menu button if you don’t see the button automatically

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See the CSV button at the bottom right, hit that!

2. Updated Session History: Now it’s easier to get to your favorite laps and sessions.  You’ll see new ‘heart’ icons in each session summary page where you can designate these sessions and laps.  Then you can view the session history through these lenses and even your top 5 fastest laps per race track.  It’s never been easier to view your awesomeness!

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All Races – what you’re used to seeing from Session History

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Your fastest 5 laps by race track!

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Just your favorite sessions!

3. Delete sessions: Finally you can delete sessions from your phone and the server!  Simply go to your session history page and long press a session.  This will bring up a menu that will enable you to select more sessions and ultimately delete them.  Be care though because this permanently deletes these sessions and associated video from your phone and our servers.  With great power comes great responsibility!

Long press to bring up the delete options.

Long press to bring up the delete options.

4. Update to Facebook API 2.0 – lastly, we’ve updated the app to the latest Facebook api.  This was delayed a few days so some of you might have experienced crashes when trying to do anything related to Facebook but it is now fixed.  Creating an account and FB posts is 100% working.

Last but not least, we continued our battle against bugs by crushing as many bugs that came through the analytics as possible.

Let us know what you think about the release on our Facebook page, twitter, email and tell your friends about Track Attack!!

NEW FEATURE – Pin Tracks to Start on Windows Phone

April 21, 2015

We heard from our users that the faster they can initiate the recording of a session, the better. So we leveraged the Pin to Stat and Live Tile functionality of Windows Phone and created ‘Pin Tracks to Start’.

Literally, with this set up, you can start recording a session with one touch and in less than a few seconds. Check it out and let us know what you think!

Track Attack is excited to announce the availability of a new contingency program for all competitive racers, in any class, any sanctioning body and any region.

The goal of the program is simple – help racers offset the cost of racing competitively when you use Track Attack and most importantly, share your sessions!

This program will work for all types of competitive racing:

  • Road Racing
  • Oval racing
  • Rally
  • Rally cross
  • Auto cross
  • Drag racing
  • Drifting
  • Hill Climbs

 

The payouts are offered for podium finishes and pole positions.  Note, this is cash money!  Not credits that you can only use in any one location but straight up cash!

 Payout for Regional Competitions

1st Place: $25 USD

2nd Place: $15 USD

3rd Place: $5 USD

Qualifying Pole Position: $25 USD

Payout for National & Championship Competitions

1st Place: $100 USD

2nd Place: $75 USD

3rd Place: $50 USD

Qualifying Pole Position: $100 USD

 Eligibility

  1. Must have purchased Track Attack PRO on Android, iOS or Windows Phone.
  2. Payout is through Paypal only and thus available only in countries where PayPal is available as a service.
  3. User must successfully fill out and submit the redemption form within 30 days of the motorsport event.
  4. All motorsports that Track Attack supports are eligible.
  5. Event must be a formal, sanctioned event by a recognized governing body (i.e. NASA, SCCA, FIA, ICSCC, etc…)
  6. All events with at least 5 competitors in a given class or 15 or more total competitors in a multi-class race.
  7. Only one claim eligible per race weekend with the exception of Pole Position.

 How to get started:

  1. Download Track Attack for your iPhone, Android or Windows Phone
  2. Create an account
  3. Race, use Track Attack and perform well
  4. Share your sessions online
  5. Submit a redemption form

 

That’s it!

See this video on how to submit a redemption form.

Tell us what you think by submitting comments or suggestions on our Facebook page or sending email to trackattacksupport@9104studios.com

Tell your friends and other racers! The more competitors we have, the better and we’ll look to improve the program.

Check out our other how-to videos so you know exactly how to use Track Attack when competing.

Thanks in advance for the support and good luck out there!

 

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