NASCAR unveils new track drying system

NASCAR will debut a new track drying system during Daytona Speedweeks. (Getty Images)

NASCAR will debut a new track drying system during Daytona Speedweeks. (Getty Images)

NASCAR announced Tuesday a track drying system that could eventually replace the old jet dyers that have become familiar to NASCAR fans everywhere. The Air Titan™ track drying system will debut during Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway. NASCAR hopes to shorten the wait times during rain delays and although not mentioned Tuesday the new system should help avoid that near disaster such as what happened during last year’s Daytona 500 when driver Juan Pablo Montoya crashed into a jet dryer during a caution causing a lengthy red flag period.

The new technology use compressed air and was developed the NASCAR R&D Center. NASCAR says it will reduce track drying time, improve the racing product and enhance the fan experience.

“In a short amount of time, our talented team at the NASCAR R&D Center imagined, designed and built the Air Titan, an innovative device that will dramatically improve the race-viewing experience for our fans,” NASCAR chairman Brain France said of the initiative’s first phase in a press release. MORE>>>

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