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Race Control The go-to app for racing fans
Car racing doesn’t takeover the airwaves nearly as much as football, basketball, or other mainstream sports but it has a massive following. Race Control is…
Car racing doesn’t takeover the airwaves nearly as much as football, basketball, or other mainstream sports but it has a massive following. Race Control is the one-stop-shop for everything racing-focused. It also has a tight integration with iOS, taking advantage of the latest features.
Launching the app, you can get details on any upcoming races. You can search and filter down to find the race you’re looking for as a globe spins on-screen to highlight where the race is taking place. If you don’t want to use the list or search, you can interact with the globe to see the races happening in a certain area.
Races also will show live stats within the Race Control app. You can see what lap they’re on and the ranking of the drivers. Things like scoring, pit stops, and other relevant information is also displayed for the drivers. There’s a ridiculous amount of data collected here like predictions, track details, and more. As the race finishes, you can dig into the final results.
I love checking out the race track view too. It gives you a detailed map of the track that you can study with important points called out. You can see where the drivers are in real-time, the length of the track, when it first opened, how many corners, and any zones or speed traps to be aware of. It’s a great way to view a race from within the app.
When a race isn’t ongoing, you can view news stories within Race Control It highlights articles from various sources which you can also filter down to only the publications you prefer reading. These all get tagged to make them easy to peruse. When done reading, there’s built-in support for Share Sheets to send to your friends.
Recently, Race Control was updated with support for Live Activities. This brings much of that data to the Dynamic Island of the iPhone 14 Pros and the Lock Screen of all other devices. It shows the race leader, current alap, last and fastest laps, what flag is shown, and how many pit stops have been taken. All without ever jumping into the app.
Race Control has other iOS features too such as support for Dark Mode system-wide, smart widgets, and sync via iCloud to your other devices. I’ll admit I haven’t followed racing, whether Nascar or overseas, but this app makes it so easy to follow along I could see myself getting into it just because of how much data and information it makes available. Race Control is easily the go-to solution for anyone who is a fan of racing.
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