Can the software score by points when using a timer?
Yes, you can use your timer and score by points. That can be selected in the Software Settings screen.
Can I define the "Group" and "Subgroup" labels to be something else?
The "Group" and "Subgroup" labels are customizable. Go to the Software Settings screen and then click on the Advanced button to change either of these.
What vehicle scale is typically used?
For Pinewood Derby style racing, the car scale typically used is 1 inch = 25 inches. Scale, along with track length and elapsed time is used to calculate scale speed.
Do I have to use Subgroups?
Subgroups are optional, so you can disable having to use them, if desired. Where subgroups come in handy is if you have have a really small group(s). You can combine racers so they run in a larger group, but having defined subgroups allows you to separate out their standings.
Group "Tigers" has only a few racers
Group "Bears" has only a few racers
Combine both of these into a larger group "Tigers-Bears" and create subgroups of "Tigers" and "Bears" under that group.
Tigers and Bears racers will compete together in group "Tigers-Bears", but once racing is done you can look at the subgroup standings for "Tigers" and the subgroup standings for "Bears".
Note: This only works when scoring by Times. If scoring by Points, finish order matters, so you do NOT want to use subgroups. With times scoring, racers are really racing the clock, not the racers in the next lane.
What is Master Scheduling?
If you have more than one race group, master scheduling (Pro Version) will simply alternate which race group is currently racing. It takes each of your race schedules and collated them into a "master" schedule. Alternating racing from race group to race group keeps all race groups more involved in the race. Racers do not have to wait until other race groups finish up before they get their chance to race.
- Racers still only race others within their race group.
- Master Scheduling does take into account group size. So, a smaller race group will run fewer heats than a larger group before the schedule alternates to a different race group.