If you thought the only new vehicle to be unveiled at the Daytona International Speedway during speedweeks was the New Gen 6 stock car, guess again. It seems Brian France is concerned about drying time for the race track following a rain delay. He is also concerned about the carbon footprint being left by older dryers. To solve these problems, the NASCAR chairman, and CEO has tasked the Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C., with developing a means to shorten the delay caused by rain.
They have announced Phase I of the Air Titan track drying program, and will have it available for use during speedweeks, and the Sprint Unlimited on Saturday night. France said of the initiative’s first phase. “With its far-reaching potential and impact, we believe the Air Titan is a big win for the motorsports industry, and eventually will enhance many surface cleaning and drying industries as well.”
The ultimate goal of the project will be to reduce drying time after a rain shower by up to 80% by using compressed air to blow the water to the apron where it will be removed by vacuum trucks.
As part of the Air Titan’s™ testing process, NASCAR enlisted the expertise of the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) in Auburn, Ala., International Speedway Corporation’s track construction group, Racing Surface Technologies and QualPro Inc. Additionally, Elgin Sweeper Company, Sullair and Ring Power CAT also provided equipment during the testing, and will be part of the track-drying process at Daytona during Speedweeks.
For the immediate future, jet dryers and vacuum trucks will continue to be used during track-drying efforts. Over time, the innovations of the Air Titan™ will lessen the carbon footprint of track drying, decreasing both emissions and noise pollution. The next evolution in the innovative technology will be to optimize the power source.
Let’s all hope if someone accidentally runs into a dryer truck this year, it won’t be the new Air Titan.
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