The Mint 400 Launches New Online Tracking
The Great American Off-Road Race™ can now be followed globally online via mobile app
The Mint 400 announced today that is has partnered with YB Tracking from the UK, with the primary goal of allowing the entire planet to follow “The Great American Off-Road Race™” live, online and on mobile devices. The new partnership with YB Tracking will deliver a more effective tracking system for Mint 400 racers. YB Tracking has built their business tracking global events in yachting, adventure sports, and expeditions.
During The Mint 400, tracking points will be transmitted every two minutes, with 30-second GPS fixes – giving great track definition for later playback. Live segment split times will be made available to the public, adding excitement for race followers who will be able to see just how many minutes/seconds are between each racer!
All racers are required to have the YB tracking units.
You can rent the units at this page.
“We have been looking for a more efficient and effective tracking solution to allow people to track the race in near real time. This is part of our larger strategy to grow the impact of The Mint 400 and off-road racing globally. Now fans will be able to track the race online as well as follow a leaderboard with corrected time, to accurately know who is winning the race. All of this will be available through the YB Tracking app in 2019 and on a new Mint 400 app we are developing for 2020,” stated Mint 400 CFO, Joshua Martelli.
Unlike other off-road tracking technologies, YB units are easy to install, taking just over a minute to affix to each car. YB trackers are totally self-contained units, with internal batteries and built-in antennas. They do not require a cradle, antennae, wiring harness, or any other accessories. As a testament to this simplicity, all race vehicles will be fitted with their YB units during the Thursday, March 7th and Friday, March 8th Off-Road Festival.
“Following our recent success tracking car racing events in Europe and Asia, and the recent US-based King of The Hammers, we are thrilled to be involved in the biggest off-road race in the world! The Mint has a huge vehicle count for the multi-day event, which makes it both challenging and exciting,” stated Nick Farrell, CEO of YB Tracking.
Race participants have complained in the past about the difficulty and cost of installing race tracking technology. Using YB removes all of this hassle and significantly reduces expense. The YB service includes the provision of tracking units, online mapping and mobile app. Using Iridium satellites to transmit their data means the trackers will work anywhere on Earth, so desert races without GSM coverage are no problem at all. The nature of Iridium satellites also means that the technology works much better than others in notoriously difficult terrain, such as canyons.
You can download the mobile app via iTunes here.
About YB Tracking
UK based satellite tracking specialist YB Tracking, was founded in 2005 and provides mapping, communications and tracking for race organisers, adventurers and professionals. YB Tracking products are used in diverse applications, such as adventure races, car rallies, expeditions, yacht races and treks. The company provides tracking for around 250 events a year, including the Rolex Fastnet Race, Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, King of the Hammers & Mint 400. YB is proud to have a rental fleet of over 1300 satellite tracking devices, enabling it to provide professional and reliable tracking for the largest of races – wherever on the globe they may be.