NASCAR's 'Air Titan' track drying system could shorten rain delays
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
Come rain or shine, racing fans won't have to wait long for the track to dry at Daytona International Speedway.
NASCAR on Wednesday unveiled its Air Titan track drying system. The new technology could ultimately shorten rain delays by 80 percent.
Last summer, NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France challenged the team at NASCAR's Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C., to develop a system that would efficiently dry a wet race track.
At Daytona, there will be two sets of identical equipment on opposite sides of the track, through whichcompressors will feed highly pressurized air over the race surface and force water to the apron. Vacuum trucks, located on the apron, will absorb the runoff.