Hiring: Lead Product Designer

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March 26, 2015 by Jennifer Ghidinelli

Now that we've hired a developer, we need a lead product designer to help us refine and bring our vision for the future of MotorsportReg and RaceHero to life.  

The designer will own the design and experience of our products going forward. We need someone with strong product design, interaction design and visual design skills to craft the entire user experience from welcome emails to complex workflows. This is a full-time, work-from-anywhere opportunity to have a big impact on our team, software and community.

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We'd love to hire from within our community so please share this with talented people you know. No motorsport-related experience required. Full details and application are on our job description page.

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Topics: Misc

Regulating drones at the racetrack

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March 4, 2015 by Greg Cirillo

We’re leaving this topic to the experts- so we brought in Greg Cirillo to guest blog for us. Greg is a Partner in the law firm Wiley Rein, LLP, and Chairman of the firm’s Aviation Group. He practices in their McLean, Virginia office and in addition to handling unmanned aircraft matters, he has a multinational practice representing owners and operators of private aircraft in purchase, sale, leasing, financing, regulatory and tax compliance matters. Greg also holds an SCCA National Competition License and races his #50 Spec Racer Ford on East Coast road courses.

DroneYears ago, the auto racing community embraced the use of micro video cameras (GoPro, Contour, etc.) for entertainment and education.  We now have the ability to capture that video from outside the car, on a remotely controlled aerial platform.  Views that used to be captured by helicopters and blimps for tens of thousands of dollars, can now be had for hundreds of dollars, or less. A good, remotely controlled, unmanned aircraft (or drone) can cost under $500, and provide high definition footage suitable for broadcast.

Unfortunately, for the near future, the vast majority of well-intended uses are technically illegal. And if you are hosting or sponsoring an event, you need to consider both the safety risks and privacy infringements posed by drones.  What must a host know in order to remain in compliance with law?  And what should a host do in order to minimize liability for drone usage?

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Topics: Misc

Event setup refresher video

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February 26, 2015 by Jennifer Ghidinelli

refresherWow can you believe it's already the end of February! By now you should have your venues and dates secured for the 2015 season. Next step- get your events on our calendar. We already have 1,814 events listed and as we say every year, the earlier you get your events listed the better!

Now if you only run a handful of events in MotorsportReg and it's been awhile, you may find yourself logged into your account and then wondering what to do next. Let us help you out! We created a short video that's meant to clear out the cobwebs and provide you with a crash course in event set up.

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Topics: Features

Join us next week at the North American Motorsport Expo

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February 11, 2015 by Jennifer Ghidinelli

MSX

Every year we look forward to meeting our customers face to face at the MSX show and SCCA National Convention- and this year is no exception.

  • February 20-21, 2015
  • Charlotte Convention Center
  • Booth 519

The MSX show is a combination of world class exhibitors, competition cars, racing legends, seminars and show floor presentations. But it's not just for SCCA members. This year's supporting organizations include NASA, ChumpCar, NCMA, WKA, World Racing League, and American Endurance Racing, not to mention a long list of exhibitors.

And since we want to see as many customers as possible, we're giving you a FREE expo-only pass code to come visit us in the booth. Enter MSXINVITE15 when you register online. The code is also good for 25% off a MSX Full Conference ticket.

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Topics: Travel

We prove experts wrong about declining car culture

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January 28, 2015 by Brian Ghidinelli

Record-breaking year sees 207,000 registrations; growing interest in motorsports

hpdeThe reports on the death of car culture have been greatly exaggerated.  Contrary to studies showing a declining interest in driving, MotorsportReg.com has logged a record 2014, registering more events per participant and setting a new highwater mark of 207,000 amateur motorsport participants, an increase of 15.3% over the prior year.

“While headlines cover struggling spectator events and fewer licensed teen drivers, participatory motorsport events are growing. We’ve seen a 15.3% year-over-year increase in total participants and a steady increase in the number of events each person attends annually,” explained Founder Brian Ghidinelli. “When it comes to getting off the couch and starting the engine, more people are doing it and they’re doing it more often. Amateur motorsport as a whole is not only alive but thriving.”

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Topics: News

Job Opening for a Software Developer

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January 21, 2015 by Brian Ghidinelli

Twenty-fourteen was a record breaking year for us - more organizations and more registrations than ever before.  We spent a lot of our winter thinking about the future for MotorsportReg and how we make it easier and more fun to organize, find and attend events.

We have some hiring to do in order to execute on that vision and our first opening is for a senior developer who loves building great software. This is a full-time, fully-remote opportunity to have a big impact on the future of MotorsportReg.

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We would love to hire from within our community so please share this with talented people you know!  Full details and application are on ourjob description page.

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Topics: Misc

Driver Assigner Tool - A Breath of Fresh Air for the Time Pressed Organizer

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January 14, 2015 by Katie Moosman

Paperwork stress
Before we get started, let me introduce myself. I’m Katie and I’ve been working for MotorsportReg for the past 8 months. Before that, for 6 years I used MSR on a daily basis as an organizer.

Just like many of you - I’ve spent countless hours scrambling before an event assigning my run groups, pairing instructors and gathering paperwork. Anything that could save me precious time before an event was better than gold!

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Topics: Features, Organizers

The Next Ten Thousand Members

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December 17, 2014 by Viet-Tam Luu

Editor's Note: This is a guest post by Viet-Tam Luu, former Director of the San Francisco Region SCCA. While these are Tam's views on his experience, we don't think it's unique to the SCCA nor women nor road racing. Is the motorsport subculture sufficiently inclusive to stay relevant and healthy?  What do you think? Share this with your fellow club members and reflect on what you are doing to engage your next 100, 1,000 or 10,000 members.

Ten_thousand_membersChoose three words that would best describe road racing in North America? Allow me; I won’t mince any words here: old, white, male.

It’s not a condemnation of a specific organization or its membership, and it’s not universally true, but any random sampling of the active members in our sport would bear me out.

At the end of a six-year run serving on the Board with San Francisco Region SCCA, I look back and reflect on our particular successes and failings. As a Director, one of my personal goals has been to attract new members to the club. Our stagnant membership numbers show that with regards to that task, achievements are still far outnumbered by unfulfilled and unaddressed opportunities. Like a racer still chasing that elusive pole position, the challenges ahead of us still loom, ever slightly beyond our reach. How do we move forward as an organization? What should the club of the future look like, and how do we get there?

Like every other organization, our clubs do not operate in a vacuum. The social climate in which we live is changing, and it behooves us to understand and adapt.

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Topics: Marketing, Organizers

Gift Guide for the Motorsport Enthusiast

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November 25, 2014 by Brian Ghidinelli

Motorsport_giftsWith the holidays quickly approaching we threw together a gift giving guide for the road racer, karter, autocrosser, HPDE'er or all around car nut in your life.  Or if you happen to be one of those people, send this list to your family so they know what you REALLY want for the holidays. You can thank us later.

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Topics: Misc

Check out our check-in stats

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November 12, 2014 by Jennifer Ghidinelli

Last month we spent a week at the SCCA National Runoffs and of course dropped in on our friends in Registration. Two of our favorite Registrars, Ceci Smith from Cal Club and Terry Roberts from NEDiv, mentioned how much they loooooove the revamped onsite check in tool. That's music to our ears!  

After their praise we decided to take a little peek at how much usage the check-in tool is actually getting. Turns out A LOT! And since Brian likes graphs and I like images for my blogs, he put a few together for me based on the last 50,000 check-ins.  

check_in_by_day

Not too surprising that the highest check-in days are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, but I would have thought Saturday would be the highest.  And it looks like a lot of you are skipping out on work on Fridays...

On to the next graph!

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Topics: Features

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