RACEceiver Developers to Receive Award
The Bobby Isaac Memorial Award is presented annually by Charlotte Motor Speedway to an individual or group in recognition of outstanding contribution to short-track racing. Isaac, one of the sport's outstanding racers, was well known for his short-track exploits and commitment, and it is in his honor the award is named.
Vinson and Pirkle founded Innovative Spectator Products in 2001 based on the idea of producing a compact scanner race fans could use to monitor driver-team communications.
In 2003, Vinson and Pirkle were presented with the idea of adapting their small scanner to facilitate one-way communications between race officials and competitors. The RACEceiver was introduced in 2004 and allows officials to warn competitors of on-track hazards, align cars for restarts and communicate other pertinent information to drivers during events.
The World of Outlaws sprint car and late model series, the Advance Auto Parts Modified Super DIRT Series and Iowa's Knoxville Raceway are among the sanctioning bodies and tracks utilizing the RACEceiver. It is also used extensively by 600 Racing for all Legends Car, Thunder Roadster and Bandolero races across the country.
"The RACEceiver has proven to be an outstanding tool for improving the organization of short-track races, thus saving one of the most valuable commodities in our business-time," said H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. "It is impossible to predict the impact RACEceiver will have on the short-track industry, but there are already thousands of race fans across the country that have benefited from this innovative product."
Previous winners of the Bobby Isaac Memorial Award include journalists Chris Economaki and Tom Higgins; promoters Hugh Deery, Henry Furr and John Moose; drivers Jack Ingram and Harry Gant; motorsports equipment manufacturer Brian Butler; and American Sprint Car Series founder Emmett Hahn.
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