Genius At Large: Go-Karting for Genius Enterprise and Outlook Plugin

This post focuses on the Genius.com’s Engineering and Operations teams outing to the Go Kart Racer track in beautiful Burlingame, California. This outing was in celebration of the recent release of the Genius Enterprise product, as well as the release of the new version of the Genius.com Outlook Plugin.


Blue racer at break neck speeds.

Blue racer at break neck speeds.

March 12th 2009, the day has come for the Genius.com Engineering and Operations teams to compete for the gold! The racers were primed and ready, donning their multicolored jumpsuits They were riled up by films on driving safety/regulation, then quickly broken into two teams, each taking turns on the track. Expectations were set high for Drew Stephens, who actively races and has a good handle behind the wheel. But the chance for an upset was still in the air. After a few practice rounds the race was on!

Team Genius prepares for the big race!

Team Genius prepares for the big race!

During the practice rounds Drew had a significant edge for the first team, but it was not out of reach for other competitors. But now it was time for the real race! Team 1 was up first, quickly setting the tone Drew took the lead. Zaid had an early run in with Tony and was put in the penalty box for 30 seconds putting him at an early disadvantage. Drew took an early lead and managed to hold it throughout, even lapping many of the other racers. Amongst the rest of the pack Nader and Shubh traded places several times, while everyone else stayed more or less in place for most of the race.

Now Team 2 was up! Results of the practice round were generally inconclusive for Team 2, standing fluctuated regularly, with Ryan standing just ahead. When Team 2 took to the track there was a sense of inevitability in the air as Drew’s best time was very strong. But after the initial jockeying Ryan was holding strong, but not far behind were Chris Kruger and Marshall. The race was without major incident and despite a good amount of contention, Ryan was able to hold the rest of the pack at bay.  In the end Ryan finished with a handsome lead followed, not far behind, by Chris Kruger.

After the race Team Genius gathered to celebrate with snacks and an award ceremony for the top three contestants. All in all everyone had a great time, with Team Genius leaving it’s mark on the track and all drivers eager for another race to unseat Drew as champion for the day.

The medal ceremony, emulating the famous 1968 Olympic games ceremony

The medal ceremony, emulating the famous 1968 Olympic games ceremony

Results:

Drew’s best lap: 32.91 seconds

Ryan’s best lap: 33.12 seconds

Drew’s average time: 34.01 seconds

Ryan’s average time: 33.90 seconds

Chris’s average time: 34.63 seconds

Overall Combined Results (based on best lap):

  1. Drew Stephens
  2. Ryan Ausanka-Crues
  3. Chris Kruger
The racers come around the bend!

The racers come around the bend!

Racer 15 coming down the straight away.

Racer 15 coming down the straight away.

Bill screeching around the turn!

Bill screeching around the turn!

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