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  • RTRYFBAR@AOL.COM
    Message 1 of 7 , Jul 13 8:36 AM
      <<How do you define the difference between a road circuit & a street circuit ?>>
      <<also my last but one track i saw with Randy & Carol Lewis the surface was chalk which category would that slide into.>>

      Colin:

      Thanks for the question and the thumbs up to the site's potential. I want everyone to understand how things work if they have any questions.

      I am using the existing types and surfaces that Will had created and defined that have worked well for us in the past, so I didn't define them myself. I'm just currently the person that is applying them. No use reinventing the wheel, especially if it is turning true.

      * A road circuit is a permanent track with both left and right turns.

      * A street circuit is a temporary track with both left and right turns using a majority of public roads.

      FYI: * An off-road circuit is a track that with both left and right turns and at least one jump.

      * A chalk surface would fall under the dirt category, along with clay, shale, grass, etc. Given the choices, what other category could it be?

      Regarding how the site will turn out when it is finished, the website will never be finished. I plan to continue to add features and functionality indefinitely, but at a pace where I can continue to enjoy it. It takes time, some money, and technology skills to create websites. I'm deficient in all three areas. One area I where I am not deficient is in ideas for the site. Another is in enthusiasm. I am very new to this and I am learning a lot as I go, and I love to learn. I only started a couple of months ago, but it is a fascinating journey as I learn more about racing and more about creating websites. I'm satisfied with the progress to date.

      I don't know if you realize it, but Will started the original TC site in 2000, taking over from my original annual (ha!) printed report booklets. It has taken eleven years to get to the point of the information that was available at the end of 2010 when Will gave up the job to concentrate more of his limited racing time to his more important ARR site. I am very thankful Will has been so helpful during the transition. His skills are amazing. He is a good friend and a good teacher. Roland and others have been very helpful and supportive as well.

      My goal is to help promote and celebrate the accomplishments of all the members of the group in a positive way, and in the process promote the sport of auto racing. If I do my best, I will be satisfied with the progress. Hopefully, it will be good enough for you too.

      Guy








      -----Original Message-----
      From: colin herridge <cawh2000@...>
      To: TrackChasers <TrackChasers@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Wed, Jul 13, 2011 2:56 am
      Subject: Re: [TrackChasers] Re: New TrackChaser Website Update #4


      Guy,
      How do you define the difference between a road circuit & a street circuit ?
      also my last but one track i saw with Randy & Carol Lewis the surface was chalk
      which category would that slide into.
      The site will look good when its finished.....if i live long enough lol
      Colin

      --- On Wed, 13/7/11, RTRYFBAR@... <RTRYFBAR@...> wrote:

      From: RTRYFBAR@... <RTRYFBAR@...>
      Subject: [TrackChasers] Re: New TrackChaser Website Update #4
      To: TrackChasers@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Wednesday, 13 July, 2011, 3:57


      www.roamingtheraceways.com







      -----Original Message-----
      From: rtryfbar <rtryfbar@...>
      To: TrackChasers <TrackChasers@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Tue, Jul 12, 2011 7:17 pm
      Subject: New TrackChaser Website Update #4


      TrackChasers:

      A new feature has been added to the track lists displayed at
      www.roamingtheraceway.com. ; If you look at a track listing, it now includes a
      new "Description" column that includes the surface and track type. It adds
      functionality to the track listing by adding more information, and the display
      rows still look good. Thanks as always to Will White for helping to make the
      vision a reality.

      The addition of this new column means two things. First, since the surface and
      track type info are now displayed, I plan to slowly, over a long period of time,
      take that information out of the track name, as it really isn't part of the
      actual name of the track. Since there are over 32,000 tracks listed, this will
      take a long, long time. In the end, it will increase the accuracy of the
      information in the track name column as well.

      The other result of this addition is that one of my other plans, to include a
      "notes" field where people could fill in what kind of racing they saw at a
      track, is being moved to one of the far, far back burners. The reason for this
      is that with the addition of the "Description" column, each display row is
      basically full and the addition of another column will disrupt the display, and
      it won't likely look good when viewed.

      The surface type and track type choices are the same ones used in the past by
      Will on trackchaser.net. So everyone is aware of the choices, they are as
      follows:

      Surfaces

      aluminum
      concrete
      dirt
      frozen
      ice
      mixed
      paved
      unknown
      wood

      Types

      airfield circuit
      airfield oval
      circuit
      figure eight
      off road circuit
      off road oval
      oval
      parking lot circuit
      parking lot oval
      road circuit
      street circuit
      street oval
      track

      I have begun adding the 2011 reported track visits as well as the new locations
      and tracks for first time visits. That will continue for the near term future.

      Guy


      My promise to the group remains to:

      --do the best job that I can for everyone that chooses to participate
      --to be as fair as possible in making rulings that are in the best interest of
      the group
      --to treat everyone equally at all times
      --to take all ideas and concerns under serious consideration

      My goal is to produce something for the group where everyone will choose to
      continue to participate. I hope everyone will give a reasonableamount of time
      to create something we can all enjoy and find useful,before passing judgement.
      It's a lot of work, but a labor of love.

      Thank you for all the support and encouragement. Special thanks togroup member
      Will White for offering his assistance in attempting asmooth transition to the
      new website. Ideas and concerns are welcomed.

      Guy Smith







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    • Will White
      As Guy is progressing nicely with his plan to move all the TrackChasers lists, standings and stats to his new Roaming The Raceways web site, I have begun
      Message 2 of 7 , Jul 13 4:57 PM
        As Guy is progressing nicely with his plan to move all the TrackChasers
        lists, standings and stats to his new Roaming The Raceways web site, I
        have begun remodeling my Auto Racing Records site. Since there is so
        much statistical information contained in the TrackChaser section of my
        site, much of which will not be available on RTR for quite some time
        yet, I decided to continue to make this info available to everyone
        through a link on the ARR homepage. You can still access the TrackChaser
        pages using the trackchaser.net domain name as well. These pages,
        updated through 2010, will remain available on my site for a while yet.

        The major changes to ARR include moving the recently active tracks and
        series pages from TrackChaser. I've set up navigation buttons for these
        on the right side of each page, while the all-time drivers, races,
        champs, series and tracks buttons remain on the left side. The recently
        active series and tracks buttons are working, but at this time they lead
        to pages displaying the same info as the all-time buttons. Hopefully I
        will be able to get the recently active buttons to lead to the correct
        results in the next few days. I also added a link for the media links
        page, which was formerly on TrackChaser.

        Unfortunately I don't spend nearly as much time on racing projects as I
        did prior to 2010, but I will continue to try to work on updating the
        ARR info little by little.

        Will
      • Will White
        The redesign of the homepage of ARR went more smoothly than anticipated and I m pleased to announce that all the dropdowns are now functional. Only the
        Message 3 of 7 , Jul 14 11:53 AM
          The redesign of the homepage of ARR went more smoothly than anticipated
          and I'm pleased to announce that all the dropdowns are now functional.
          Only the TrackChasers info remains on the old TrackChaser site. Now all
          I have to do is continue to update and add to the info contained on ARR.

          Will
        • RTRYFBAR@AOL.COM
          Will: Nice work combining the functionality of two sites into one stop shopping . In the past, I have used both sites extensively. A tip of the hat for
          Message 4 of 7 , Jul 15 5:41 AM
            Will:

            Nice work combining the functionality of two sites into "one stop shopping". In the past, I have used both sites extensively. A tip of the hat for taking Auto Racing Records to the next level. I'm proud to play a tiny part in it and hope to continue to make contributions in the future when possible. You should be very proud of your contribution to the sport. Keep up the great work!

            Guy










            -----Original Message-----
            From: Will White <will@...>
            To: TrackChasers <TrackChasers@yahoogroups.com>
            Sent: Thu, Jul 14, 2011 11:53 am
            Subject: Re: [TrackChasers] Auto Racing Records update


            The redesign of the homepage of ARR went more smoothly than anticipated
            and I'm pleased to announce that all the dropdowns are now functional.
            Only the TrackChasers info remains on the old TrackChaser site. Now all
            I have to do is continue to update and add to the info contained on ARR.

            Will




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