Crazy week coming up, have a work event in Las Vegas for two days, will then make my way from there to Sebring. I am really looking forward to working with David Murry, I’ve spent a bunch of time working through his webinar. iRacing, and Virtual Racing School have been invaluable for preparation. My experience with this approach for Road America, was that it helped me get comfortable more quickly, and focus on the detail of getting to consistence lap times. Thus far I have been able to get into the 2:09’s at Sebring, need to get a couple more seconds off aiming for 2:07’s which in the real world will probably be about 10 seconds slower. I hope all the travel goes smoothly, wish me luck!
I have always loved this time of year, it has given me a chance to focus on the things that I really want to do, interesting projects, time to catch up with friends, and family, play games (or get in some iRacing time, got to get Sebring down), watch movies, and just relax. I am off from work for the next couple weeks, and will be focused on a quite a few things, as usual.
I have built, and deployed three kubernetes clusters on the three different cloud providers that came with my having joined FFL (GCP, AWS, and IBM), I have tested all of my training jobs, and am now ready to do a big run on distributed training using kubeflow, I will be working on a couple different models, Inception v3 to start, and will be working through all the hyperparameter tuning involved with trying to get the best RMSE for what I am doing, hint (it’s motorsports related).
Also, I have a prototype of the trackNotes app, that I released to the Play Store for a closed Alpha, to get some feedback on the UI, I am putting it together with creator. I am working on the backend data-model in Firebase, which is pretty straightforward, there are some really good materials out there, I really like the codelab, it is ridiculously comprehensive. I am also going to start a wireframe for another app called setupBoard.
On the racing front, I am doing outreach for sponsors, and will need to get all of that loaded into Hubspot so I can keep track of it all. I am also loading in a bunch of leads which, I will see if I can turn into opportunities for everything that I am doing (vaguely described above). Also, I have been talking to Andris over at Gradient Racing to see what support would look like for 2019, we are planning a test day in January.
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.
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”
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.
I decided to start ryracing, LLC, lots to figure out. I have worked with Ashley White to put together press, and marketing materials, and have been working with Jed Rogers to get my logo, and branding done right. I have a three part business plan:
1.) build a sponsor, and partner network by providing consultation, leveraging Google’s marketing cloud. Putting metrics in place for measuring co-branded campaign success.
3.) develop technology for making car setup recommendations. Generate baselines in simulation, then leverage a real-time streaming telemetry system such as the PodiumConnect to compare actual vs simulated.
I am working on my marketing plans, and will have a couple announcements coming on from Nestle, and another from the YMCA of Austin. Additionally, I have an opportunity to work Manthey Racing via the Porsche Racing Experience need to figure out how to fund it.