Track-drying technique unveils major upgrade
By: Al Pearce on March 28, 2014
LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – The Air Titan 2. is prepared for rain at Martinsville Speedway.
Just 14 months into its infancy, NASCR’;s considerably-ballyhooed Air Titan track drying method previously has an improve. Air Titan 2. is producing its debut this weekend at Martinsville Speedway, in which Camping World Truck Series teams have a 250-lap race on Saturday afternoon and Sprint Cup teams have a 500-lap race on Sunday afternoon.
Probably appropriately, climate could be an situation, just as it was at Daytona Seashore in February and Bristol earlier this month. There is a large probability of rain in the Martinsville region on Friday and Saturday, with problems strengthening significantly on Sunday.
Come what may possibly, although, NASCAR is ready. “In an excellent planet, we would never ever see this [machinery] on the tracks,” NASCAR executive Steve O’;Donnell said throughout a Friday press briefing to speak about the new Air Titan system. “We will not want to be talking about it on a week-to-week basis simply because that obviously indicates there’;s a delay.”
In accordance to NASCAR’;s latest presentation, Air Titan 2. is smaller sized, far more compact and a lot more nimble than Air Titan 1., which was launched 14 months in the past for the Daytona 500. The new model has a single, self-contained until finally – positioned on the back of a Toyota Tundra – that replaces the bulky help autos essential by Air Titan 1.. The smaller electrical power sources suggest NASCAR can use up to 21 units on greater tracks and far fewer on short tracks like the half-miler at Martinsville.
Some stats that NASCAR hopes will impress you:
Air Titan 2. much more than triples the blade capability of Air Titan one. and delivers 2.6 occasions a lot more air volume to the track at 568 mph. It raises the air temperature by 70 degrees at the point of concentrate. With the mixture of water elimination and accelerated evaporation, the ultimate goal is to reduce track-drying time by 80 %. From the NASCAR Green initiative, Air Titan 2. uses 80 % much less fuel and emits 80 % significantly less CO2.
Even so, regional conditions frequently figure out how speedily track drying can be finished. “A good deal of it depends on weather situations,” stated Gene Stefanyshyn, NASCAR vice president of innovation and racing growth. “Dew point and wind and temperature have a lot to do with how speedily we can dry. With dew point, the decrease the better. With the temperature, the higher the better. And the much more wind we have, the better.”
In 2012, NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France challenged his R&D men and women to create a method to lessen track-drying time. In the not-so-distant past, tracks simply dragged previous tires all around to create up sufficient heat to dry the surface. That gave way to trucks pulling jet dryers (don’;t forget Juan Pablo Montoya hitting one particular in the 2012 Daytona 500?) and, now, Air Titan 2..
“The affect of a rainout is devastating to our fans, the track, our partners and the media,” O’;Donnell stated. “Look at the achievement we had final year in Talladega and this year at Daytona and Bristol. We have been capable to bring a race to the followers on the scheduled day, which is the ultimate objective.”
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