When a NASCAR race is delayed by rain spectators run the risk of slipping into boredom - nature’s curse for the idle. Enter the new “Air-Titan” track drying system. NASCAR believes it will reduce track drying times by up to 80% with a system of trucks heroically dubbed “Air Titans”.
“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,” said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. “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.” (1)
The Air-Titan system implements a simple three step process moving at 3-5mph to rapidly dry NASCAR tracks after a rain.
STEP 1 – BLOW
Blower trucks blast compressed air in highly pressurized sheets down to the track, driving water towards the apron.
STEP 2 – VACUUM
Air vacuum trucks suck up the water blown into the apron.
STEP 3 – DRY
Jet dryer trucks traveling at the rear of the pack blow-dry any moisture left on the track.
Watch video of the Air-Titans in action here.