-Life on iPad- Gearing up for the win


Mark Post, Riviera Racing Team Owner and Driver. In off-road endurance races like the Baja 1000, just crossing the finish line is considered an accomplishment. Riviera Racing uses iPad to maximize the chances of getting there first.

For more than 20 years, Mark Post has raced over almost every sand dune, past every tumbleweed, and through every ravine of deepest Baja. And as the owner of Riviera Racing and 2007 champion of the Baja 1000, he knows what it takes to win in the dirt.

“Most people consider it the toughest motor sport race of any kind, because once that flag drops, it’s a thousand miles nonstop of war,” says Post. “And you need a battle plan. It’s a huge team effort.” During the race, Post and his navigator in the team’s trophy truck are supported by anywhere from 75 to 100 additional team members in stationary pits, two airplanes, a helicopter, and six roving chase vehicles. “The chase vehicles are loaded with spares and parts, whatever our race truck might need, strategically moving around the racecourse. The airplanes help us relay information between the truck and the team members. The helicopter is there for safety purposes.”
“It’s like going to war in these races. The logistics of the support, both air and ground, are critical to winning. iPad has helped us be more efficient as a team.” Mark Post, Owner/Driver, Riviera Racing.
Coordinating such a large crew in a remote area requires tight logistical planning. Riviera Racing used to plot their strategy by cross-referencing a hodgepodge of paper maps, charts, and checklists. But now, using the MotionX GPS HD app on iPad, the team is able to load the exact route of the racecourse on a detailed satellite map. Then they overlay the information they need — pit stops, driver changes, refueling locations, and access roads for support vehicles. And they insert thousands of course notes gathered from running each mile of the course in the weeks leading up to the race.

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