For most avid IndyCar.com users…you’ll understand what I am talking about. Besides not having audio during the morning sessions of the day, both streaming and timing and scoring went really well. This was a breath of fresh air for all of us.
Here is a great comment from a fellow blog site:
…Plus: IndyCar.com video is gorgeous and clear. Con: No audio. They’re working on i– IT’S NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS.-POP OFF VALVE-via twitter
My morning began at 2:30am when I arrived in Birmingham after driving 9 straight hours with my family. I woke up bright and early and headed to the race track to tackle the day with a list of updates to the Race Control and Timing and Scoring applications.
At about 9am, I sat down with Jack Arute, and the the two of us recapped his blog titled “SOS for IndyCar Fans”
We even found this YouTube clip below…. This is quite funny, but sad, and the purpose of the clip certainly hit home. Elvis attempts to watch Race Control
So as Jack and I sat in the television compound discussing everything from big budget production to Jack’s Stafford Speedway set up with wires and duct tape, we uncovered his entire experience. Everything that he said was frustrating because he was right, but the great part of the conversation was when Jack said something to the tune of…
I’ve seen your set up, and its still impressive that you get anything out, but we got to figure out how to make it better for the fans. My response to him was…you are absolutely right!
Fast forward to the first session of the day….
We were about 90 minutes out from the first Firestone Indy Lights Session of the day and we still did not have any connectivity to the Internet in the television compound. At each event there is a fiber line that runs between the timing and scoring booth and the television compound to light us up. I was told that there is over 100,000 feet of fiber ran at Barber. That’s insane! So with about 90 mintues to go, we had our IT staff putting the final touches on internet, finally lighting up our connections with about 30 minutes till go time. Then we had a snapfu with our load balancing of the timing and scoring data with 10 minutes to go.
Like a champ, or guy Nick terminated everything, refired them and we had data! With 60 seconds to spare, the application was open and data was correct and the video was up and running!
I had already notified everyone to be prepared for the email out to the execs stating that “Timing and Scoring will be down for the first session”. Thankfully that didn’t happen.
If you noticed today, the video quality improved throughout the day, and Timing and Scoring data normalized eliminating the funny data that was seen in St. Pete.
For me today was a good day. A lot of progress was made with the Live video streams and tomorrow we are going to tweak some more to give viewers a further improved experience. Was it perfect, no, will it be better yes and do we listen….absolutely.
On a side note, Barber Motorsports Park is awesome. There are tons of fans here and the facility is magnificent, a great place for IndyCar Racing.