Heading into NASCAR Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway; the fans, drivers, teams, and officials are excited about the upcoming season with the new Generation 6 Sprint Cup Series car. There is more hype for the new season this year then is many seasons.
However, while I do feel the excitement about the new Gen-6 car, I’m rather excited about a new technology that is long over due in NASCAR.
New track drying technology is prepared to make its first appearance at the track starting with Daytona Speedweeks. Granted, I hope we don’t have to use it, however should it rain, I can’t help but be excited to see if the expectations of this new technology can be shown.
The new technology relies on compressed air moving water off of the track in a squeegee like effect. it also includes vaums that will work in conjunction with the compressed air squeegee that will help dry Daytona & Talladega in just about 30 minutes. That is 20% of the current amount of time it takes to dry a track with the jet dryers used in 2012.
That differs from the current or previous jet dryers that blew hot air on the track powered by jet engines.
“There’s a few faces out here that will remember when we used to dry tracks off with just a fleet of vehicles going around the racetrack, or dragging tires behind pickup trucks,” NASCAR president Mike Helton said. “And then someone came along with the jet dryer that expedited it quite a bit and served its purpose for a long period of time. But in today’s world with the expectations of getting the show done and getting it on, there was a high priority placed by [chairman] Brian [France] and the rest of us to come up with a way that we could expedite that. The R & D Center responded to that and come up with ideas, and this one seems to have quite a bit of validity to it.”
It is said that Martinsville and Bristol could be dried in a matter of 15 minutes. This is huge news for everyone involved in NASCAR. This means that if showers are expected on race day, it won’t take long for the cars to get back on the track to race. Now rain delays may not be on Monday’s, but rather turn Sunday afternoon races into Sunday night races. Of course that is all depending on if the tracks have lights.