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5th Annual Pinewood Derby at Procare

Pinewood Derby Cars from Procare's 2015 RaceAlthough 2015 marked Procare Software’s 5th annual pinewood derby-style race, affectionately known as the Firecracker 5000, it was our first year holding the event in our new location in downtown Medford, OR. The track was so long it ran not only through our lunch room, but the adjoining game/break area as well. The electronic timing system ensured accurate results, while staff members vied for six prizes: three for the fastest cars and three more for the most creative designs (Best of Show).

This year designs ranged from basic blocks of wood (which performed surprisingly well) to an elegant piano, a hand-carved warthog, a red racer with Lego driver, a 70’s style hippie van, a sleek racing sedan, a 4th of July car, a Saint Louis Cardinals car, a firecracker, a crayon, and even a hotdog. Continue reading

Procare’s 4th Annual Pinewood Derby

Each year in July, Procare Software holds a pinewood derby race officially known as the Firecracker 5000. Our 4th annual competition was recently held at Procare world headquarters in Medford, OR. This is a much anticipated event attended by staff members, and their families, who design and build their own cars in the spirit of friendly competition. Awards are given for the 3 fastest cars, as well as the 3 receiving the most votes for their visual and creative appeal (Best of Show).

Procare’s team of software engineers and developers took the top 3 places in the race, with Wade Christensen placing 1st. According to Wade, his success was due to extensive research on derby cars, “I studied designs put forward by several teams of engineers and based my car on the winning team’s design.” See: Derby Car Design.

2014 Procare Pinewood Derby Car by Wade Christensen

1st Place: Wade Christensen

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Procare’s 2nd Annual Pinewood Derby

2012 "Firecracker 5000" Pinewood Derby Race at ProcareWhat could be more fun than a summertime car race? The staff of Procare Software recently held their second annual race, known as the “Firecracker 5000”. Each person began with a pinewood derby style car kit and from there designed it for speed, style or both. Prizes were awarded to the top three finishers in a double-elimination bracket and also to the three cars that received the most votes for “best in show”.

The winner for 2012, Software Consultant Scott Schneider, did not think he had much of a chance after having to tape the left front wheel on shortly before race time and credited “luck” as his secret to success. Scott not only had a fast car, but a well crafted and visually appealing design featuring a notched front end with copper tubing, which also captured him 2nd place in the best of show voting. That’s an impressive 1-2 finish. Scott, who previously won best of show in 2011, certainly has a flair for style. Continue reading

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