Practice, Product, and Progress

I’ve been spending time in iRacing learning the line, got both of David Murry’s excellent Sebring, and Car Suspension webinars, as well as reviewing playbacks from the VRS datapacks. I really look forward to working with David directly on the Test/Tune day before the weekend at Sebring. I was also able to spend some very productive time this week out at Harris Hill with Andris of Gradient Racing. More seat time, and getting everybody familiar with the car is always a good thing

David Murry in the BGB #38

Over the holiday, I got a lot of work done on the trackNotes app, it is nearly ready for an alpha release. I am using creator, for the front-end, and firebase for the backend. I put together some wireframes for another app I am developing called setupBoard, that will work either standalone or together with trackNotes. Regarding my work with Kubeflow, it has gone very well, I was able to train against my dataset with multiple models, distributed across three cloud providers: GCP, AWS, and IBM. Inception v3 is the current leader with predictions of 85% accuracy against the ground truth in testing. I am going to test a couple more models: Random Forest, a TF Boosted Tree, and a DNN Classifier. Once I have another round of training, and testing I will start working through AI assisted hyper-parameter tuning to see if I can get the error rate any better. At that point I will switch gears and start working on the front-end.

setupBoard wireframe in

On the health front, I was having a hard time finding someone who could help me with both my nutrition, and training. I was referred to Phil Gephart who immediately exceeded my expectations for his knowledge, and professionalism. Phil is awesome! He worked with me to switch around my macros, added some supplements, changed up my training program, I am already seeing some incredible results with a 3% drop in body fat within the first week!

Signed up for Sebring!

Registered for Sebring, Feb 01-03 really looking forward to driving at this track, I plan to run the Triple Trofeo this year: Sebring, Road Atlanta, Road America, plus a couple others: COTA, and Watkins Glen (Barber didn’t make it on the schedule for 2019). Time to start getting ready, I am going to get the Ross Bentley, and David Murry webinars. Need to get going in iRacing as well.

Irons in the Fire

Again on the build up to another race, we are headed to Road America for labor day. I have a ton going on. I am having my car transported this coming week up to Bilt Racing Services to have air-jacks installed. They have agreed to work with us (me, and the always incredible TPWS Inc.) at the track which will up our preparation game significantly.

We are targeting to arrive in Illinois the evening of the 28th,  Continue reading “Irons in the Fire”

Celebrating Little Goals

Making some little milestones along the path to my new business venture. I opened a business checking account, and deposited my first racing related check!

Also from my previous post about starting my business I have been working on getting all my reporting into data studio this will help my highlight the value of having all your marketing data collected in one location. 

On the product development front, I have been working on some code that can use computer vision in simulation.

This weekend I am going out to Harris Hill to get some more video for the YMCA Austin story, and little more seat time.


Gathering My Thoughts

Need to organize my thoughts, have a quite a lot  going on currently:

Getting ready for Barber:
Only a couple weeks away, I feel mostly prepared with all the big ticket items: Travel, Hotel, Rental, Transportation, but have a couple outstanding items on the list:

  • Need to follow-up with Colton to get the fuel sorted out
  • Test out the cool suit, make sure it works, no leaks
  • Get the outer rim replaced, get all the tires mounted and balanced
  • Decide whether we need to get the Cobb Tuner, to pull codes
  • Keep practicing in iRacing,want to get to a 1:28 consistently
  • Need to research my competitors more

LRA Sponsor Event:
The team at LRA have generously offered to host me, and a sponsor, and a potential sponsor at COTA on May 12th, so I want to get everything organized for that:

  • Follow-up with Wrap Dynamics to get the car stickered, 
    • LRA on the wing
    • Oakhill Wellness on the hood
    • Redo the number plates
  • Get my headline, and byline done

Work on Brand, and Marketing 
I am working with two of my friends Ashley White, and Jed Rogers to get my story out there, and package everything. Ashley is helping me put together my story so that it is easy to tell, and understand, we are going to work on a press kit of sorts, with some photos, a short video, and then a one-sheet bio, I am going to get with Jed to work on my brand identity, and logo design.

Focus on Body Composition
So after 7 months on the OptiFast program, I have lost 98Lbs, 2Lbs more to go, I have started working with a nutritionist, and will be moving back to solids over the next month, so far, so good picked up an additional meal every other day this week, will be on two meals a day next week. Additionally, I have been picking up the activity level, in preparation for the 90-minute Enduro at Barber, I have been doing 45 minutes of cardio everyday, along with my normal weight, and stretching routines. I am going to start focusing on Body Fat Percentage, and work on tuning it that down to an appropriate level, more to come.

Keep Learning
Part of my approach to engaging my sponsors, is to work with them on campaign management, and marketing analytics, I am still learning, and developing my approach, but it will be based on something like this: Marketing Data Warehouse. I am also teaching myself Data Engineering, and Machine Learning, right now, I am working my way through Lex Fridman’s excellent Deep Learning for Self-Driving Cars, I am very interested in the RRT* algorithm developed by Sertac Karaman