APRIL 19, 2010, Felton, Calif. – Desert Dingo Racing announced today that it has released mobile applications for the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android phones that will allow race fans to stay up to date on the team activities during their busy race season.
“We’re pretty sure we’re one of the first off road racing teams to launch their own mobile applications,” said team co-founder Jim Graham. “Volkswagen did one specifically for the Touaregs racing Dakar, but I wanted to create something folks could use to follow us year ‘round.
The apps aggregate the team’s Twitter feed, blog posts, Youtube videos and Flickr photo galleries. They also give users the opportunity to add their comments and check out other users around the world. The applications can be downloaded from the Desert Dingo Racing website.
Desert Dingo Racing campaigns a 1969 Volkswagen Beetle in off road races in the U.S. and Mexico. The team is the official World Diabetes Day off road race team and works with the International Diabetes Federation to raise money for diabetes education and awareness programs. Two Desert Dingo team members have Type 2 diabetes and several other team members have a history of the disease in their families. The team makes the car available for public events and distributes thousands of hero cards with the warning signs of diabetes printed on the back in English and Spanish.
“We’re not the fastest car in the desert but we’re probably one of the most high tech,” Graham said. “We were one of the first to use Twitter at the Baja 1000 in 2007 and last year we were the only team using electroluminescent number panels from TrailGlow and a satellite tracking and messaging system from EMS Sky Connect.”
The team finished the 2009 race season third in class is ranked third in the Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts (SNORE) racing series in the Stock Bug class, and completed 182.5 miles in this year’s Baja 1000. The team is ranked second in class so far this season racing in the Valley Off Road Racing Association (VORRA).
Images of the mobile applications can be downloaded via the following links:
Main screen: http://tinyurl.com/y79ruy4
Global users: http://tinyurl.com/yyadhx5
About Desert Dingo Racing
Desert Dingo Racing is a team of high tech professionals based in Santa Cruz and Silicon Valley who campaign a 1969 VW Beetle in off road races in the U.S. and Mexico. They are the official World Diabetes Day off road race car and the team raises money for diabetes education and awareness programs sponsored by the International Diabetes Federation. To learn more, visit http://www.desertdingo.com