Launch of ShiftUp LLC – PA Women’s Conference – Pennsylvania Convention Center – October 6, 2016

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Lynn Schultz KehoeLove being back in Philly, especially with a storm heading to my new home town!! Come see me tomorrow at the PA Women’s Conference at the convention center for the official launch of Shift Up LLC!!! #shiftupllc. Maureen McVail, Amy DilksChristina Lam will all be there too!! Get a photo with our cool car!! — at Center City, Philadelphia.

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Shift Up launched at PA Conference for women. — at Pennsylvania Convention Center – Philadelphia, PA (Philly).

Pictures by Yoyi Fernandez:

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With Maureen McVail.

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With Amy Dilks.

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Pictures by Amy Dilks:

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Home from my trip to the Philadelphia Conference for Women. Had a great time helping with the “soft” launch of Shift Up LLC with Maureen, Lynn and Christina! Had some fun adventures in Philly, got to network with hundreds of professionals and got to meet Abby Wambach(her keynote speech was fantastic!). Now time for sleep!

Waylens Review – Performance Evaluation – July 22, 2016

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I first met the Waylens team at Wicked Big Meet 2015 and it was a fantastic idea: take all of the data systems you normally use in a race car and pack it into a portable camera form. I got to help out with a few of their initial focus group conversations, where they asked our opinions on shape, functions and the like. Fast forward to this year and their KickStarter has been funded, the cameras are in production and I got my hands on one of the test versions!

First Impressions:

The camera shape and feel is excellent, its a solid little product. I worry about scratching the exposed lens down the line… but I have to remember that this is being sold as an in car/dash camera and not an “action style” camera like some other offerings. Immediately started fiddling with everything, the LCD screen is fantastic and being able to easily change modes and settings because of the touch screen is a bonus. I tried using it with my driving gloves on, but it was the usual hit-or-miss that you get with your phone. I wasn’t phased since once I’m driving, adjusting the camera is the last thing on my list. Bought a new micro SD card and made sure it was a Class 10 for better writing speed. I’ve run into issues with other cards and cameras getting choppy with the lower write speeds. I REALLY liked the camera formatting the card itself, as soon as I plugged the card in the alert came up on the LCD asking if I’d like to format the new card. I’ve ran into issues with other cameras not being able to record because the card isn’t formatted correctly, and having to plug it into a computer to get it to work. Having it format automatically really made me happy.

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Mounting in the car:

The suction cup is pretty beefy, and it holds hard enough the casual pull(or not so casual, as I wanted to give it a full test) won’t dislodge it. The suction cup held hard and I was never worried about it falling. The LCD screen gives you a real time preview so getting the shot you want is easy, especially with the very adjustable mount! I hope there will be a roll bar mount released down the line, as I prefer shooting video farther back in the car. Also, most racing organizations require either a hard mount for cameras, or a tether with a suction cup mount. Once suctioned on, the camera does wiggle around on the mount a little. There is foam padding at the base of the connection, I think if that foam was substituted with something firmer like rubber, it would do a much better job of dealing with race car vibrations. This probably isn’t an issue with your average back road blast, but on a bumpy race track with a super stiff suspension… vibrations happen.

Accessories:

The camera comes with two different length USB cables, in car suction cup mount, computer base mount, A/C charger, OBD2 bluetooth reader, recording remote, and small cord clips so you can run the USB cables where desired in the car. The OBD2 reader and the remote(along with GPS and WiFi) all have their own icons on the Waylens itself, and show if they’re connected or not. I’m willing to put this all up to user error… I couldn’t get the OBD2 scanner to connect no matter what I tried and the remote would connect, but it would only stop the recording. Since I would be editing without the Waylens Software as it hasn’t been released yet, getting all of the data and highlighting video with the remote was less of a priority.

Recording and Footage:

Recorded my first two sessions on the battery life alone, and after about 45mins of recording the fully charged battery was running low. The camera is doing a lot more than just taking video and that’s probably the cause of the shortened battery life. So I plugged in the A/C charger and discovered a new feature on the camera: with constant power the camera automatically records as soon as the car turns on. On battery power I was starting the recording manually from the camera but it was rather clunky to start and stop it when I had the camera out of reach. With the auto on/record, I always knew I was getting the video and I could be all strapped in without worry. The screen also displays how much footage the camera has recorded and how much free space it has, a big help to know exactly how much recording time you have left. The option to switch between resolution and frame rates is easily accessed on the screen, I stuck with 1080p at 30fps for the day. As I mentioned, the camera wiggled a bit in the mount and this impacted the footage. The picture was still very clear, but the vibration got translated into shaky footage. The audio is sharp, you can hear passengers talking inside the car(even at 130mph+ with the windows down) and the engine noise is fantastic. I think the mic might be a little too sensitive so it cracks with very loud wind noise. A few of the early action cameras had this issue, it could be a simple programming fix to turn down the sensitivity.

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Since I didn’t have the Waylens editing software, I settled for throwing it in Adobe Premiere to trim and edit it. I’d love to be able to transpose the data on there once I get the full App/Program. I uploaded a sample here: https://youtu.be/NPmKO-Odvno

In Conclusion:

Overall I was really happy with the camera and the video it produced. I know I’m only at the tip of the iceberg in regards to features with this thing. With a few small tweaks this camera could be the perfect answer to the budget video/data acquisition product. Excited to see where they go from here!

Subaru WBM Stafford Speedway, CT – June 12, 2016

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WBM 2016 With Justin Opotzner and Amy Dilks.

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I had a lot people liking the new #heatwave shades I got, custom so they match the car now! Whatcha think @m1cheleabbate?

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Wicked Big Meet! New vinyl is just a remix on the old design, and a fade to white to make everything pop! It really stands out now, if you’re at the meet today, come say hey! #becauseracecar #efilogics #jnaperformance #ruges #subaru #subiegirls #azpinstalls #chickswithslicks #ladydriven #wickedbigmeet #wbm2016

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With Matt Mickle, Sandi Mickle and Amy Dilks.

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Quite a few historic and famous #subaru race cars on display today. Subaru of America brought the goods! #becauseracecar #raceallthethings #wickedbigmeet #wbm16

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Still captured from WBM Video – Wicked Big Meet 2016 presented by Subaru of New England – June 12, 2016 – Stafford Motor Speedway – Video: Chris Petruccio – Krispy Media – Music: Meric – Turn Back Time

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Still captured from WBM Video – Wicked Big Meet 2016 presented by Subaru of New England – June 12, 2016 – Stafford Motor Speedway – Video: Chris Petruccio – Krispy Media – Music: Meric – Turn Back Time

America Endurance Racing – Meet “The Women” – April 20, 2016

At the racetrack, women are far and few between. But you can expect a different scene at the American Endurance Racing season opener. ‘The Women’ is an all-ladies team preparing to take on the Glen this weekend. They have partnered with DriveGear racing and will be piloting one of their Spec e30s.

Lynn Schultz Kehoe put together this group of six women to prove that women can do anything. She is on the board at Stoneleigh Burnham School, an all-girls school, and finds importance in female empowerment.

Kehoe started racing just a year ago but has built a strong foundation in motorsports. She has done time trials with NASA, gone ice racing with AMEC, and spent three years doing HPDE events prior to getting her competition license.

“My passion for motorsports is symbolic of girls and women’s journeys to blend gender lines in brave and collaborative ways.”

Joining Lynn are Amy Dilks, Christina Lam, Laura Patton Parkhurst, Sarah Robinson, and Krista Peden Williams.

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Lynn Schultz Kehoe
Occupation: Consultant for Sentia Advisors, LLC
Started Performance Driving: 2012
Involvement: NASA, AMEC, Chin, HOD, Just Track It

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Amy Dilks
Occupation: Events Manager at DeMan Motorsport
Started Performance Driving: 2010
Involvement: NASA instructor, AMEC, SCCA, PCA, BMWCCA
TTB Class Champion since 2013 with NASA and owner of Stripes Racing

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Christina Lam
Occupation: Systems Engineer
Started Performance Driving: 2012
Involvement: NASA instructor, PCA instructor, SCCA
First track day was at the Nurburgring

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Laura Patton Parkhurst
Occupation: Business Intelligence Lead within the healthcare system, EllCie Photography
Started Performance Driving: 2003
Involvement: NASA instructor, VDCA, BMWCCA
Co-chief instructor for NASA-SE for the past ten years and self proclaimed “big data nerd”

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Sarah Robinson
Occupation: Motorsport Marketing Manager for Michelin
Involvement: primarily NASA, but an instructor for various other clubs
Past (and first female) Michelin test driver and thinks it’s no big deal

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Krista Peden Williams
Occupation: Technology Professional
Got Her Race License In: 2002
Involvement: NASA instructor, PCA instructor, BMWCCA instructor, THSCC instructor, SCCA

Wrenches on her own car and enjoys a good bottle of wine and fine meals

Having these six ladies at this AER event will certainly make for a change of scenery. History would show that while there is no lack of female presence, only a small percentage are highly active with their teams, and even fewer spend time behind the wheel.

The Women hope to attend multiple rounds of the American Endurance Racing series.

NASANE DRIVER’S SERIES – AMY DILKS – February 25, 2016

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NASANE DRIVER’S SERIES

NAME: Amy Dilks
NICKNAME: Stripes
CAR: 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
CLASS: PTB/TTB
NUMBER: 551

Q: HOW LONG AGO DID YOU START?
A: My first track day was in April 2010

Q: HOW DID YOU GET EXPOSED TO THE SPORT?
A: I got into watching WRC on TV in high school, never thought racing was something I could do myself until the shop that was doing work to my car (EFI Logics) and running 3 ST2 cars with NASA suggested I check it out.

Q: IF YOU HAD TO GUESS, HOW MANY TRACK DAYS HAVE YOU DONE?
A: More than 50, less than 100. I used to count, now I’ve completely lost track.

Q: WHAT ARE YOUR 2016 GOALS?
A: I’m always trying to push myself to bigger and better things. Always try to improve and drive against the best. Definitely going to Nationals, and of course defend the regional title.

Q: IF YOU COULD TRACK ANY CAR, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
A: I’d love to drive the original RCM “Gobstopper” Impreza, since its just so bonkers and was one of the first cars to really capture my attention in track racing. The new Ford GT racer isn’t a bad option either.

Q: WHAT OTHER HOBBY DO YOU LIKE?
A: Snowboarding. Usually get a ton of snow time in the off season. Feeds the need for speed while the tracks are closed.

Q: WHATS YOUR FAVORITE CARTOON?
A: Ghost in the Shell.

2016 New Year Resolution – January 1, 2016

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2015 was one insane year for me. More seat time than ever before, more races, more events and above all… solid improvement. I was easily faster than before at every event, with very minimal car changes. And that’s huge for me. Looking forward to attacking 2016 with the same goal. Here’s to new challenges and more fun ahead, it’s always an adventure. #efilogics #jnaperformance #ruges #subaru #subiegirls #nasane #becauseracecar #njmp #ladydriven #chickswithslicks #raceallthethings
Photo by Mike Woeller

Ruge Subaru – Repair Clinic – October 25, 2015

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Thanks to Amy and CONGRATS on another championship trophy for StripesRacing! (nice shirt!)

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Setting up for the Clinic at Ruge’s Subaru, Rhinebeck, NY

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Maria Berger – Amy Dilks letting me sit in her car and ask her a billion questions. 🙂

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Amy Dilks is a winner

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Clean race car is a happy race car! #efilogics #jnaperformance #ruges #subaru #subiegirls #nasane #becauseracecar #ladydriven #chickswithslicks #raceallthethings #notakitchen

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Quiet on set! @rallyerika and I doing some interviews at @rugessubaru for the event today. Talking about race cars and Subarus with everyone! #efilogics #jnaperformance #ruges #subaru #subiegirls #becauseracegirl #becauseracecar #ladydriven #chickswithslicks

Subaru WBM Stafford Speedway, CT – June 7, 2015

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Amy Dilks at the Wicked Big Meeet 2015

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There is more race car in this picture specially with the wonderful Vermont Sports Car trailer in the back then you can shake a stick at! — with Amy Dilks, Joe Masi and Seth Alarie

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Good things happen to those who wait sometimes. 😉 Guess what I am working on

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With Amy Dilks at Stafford Motor Speedway.

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Perfect Photo displaying what JNA Performance was getting ready for these last few months. WBM 2015: The Largest Subaru Show In America. Another Great Year working together with Robert, Khanh and The WBM Staff.

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Amy Dilks at the JMA Tent – Wicked Big Meet 2015

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WBM with Amy Dilks

OCC – Subaru Meet – Mid-Hudson Subaru/EFI Logics/JNA Sponsors – August 18, 2012

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At the Orange County Choppers Subaru meet. VIP parked with Mid-Hudson Subaru

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Composing picture at Orange County Choppers by Storm Sasaki – OCC Photography – Part 1

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Composing picture at Orange County Choppers by Storm Sasaki – OCC Photography – Part 2 Yeah Buddy…

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Final picture done by Storm Saski at Orange County Choppers Subaru meet held at OCC, Outstanding Work!!