NASCAR uses the Air Titan 2.0 to dry the track. The system was put into place in 2014. It features a drying unit in the bed of a Toyota Tundra that blows out air at 568 mph and 70 degrees warmer than the ambient temperature.
How long does it take to dry the track at Daytona?
A 2.5-mile track such as Daytona generally takes anywhere from 90 to 180 minutes to dry. NASCAR has 19 of its “air titan” track-drying trucks on site, and those blow water off the track. NASCAR then utilizes a number of jet dryers that use jet fuel to blow heat onto the track to finish the drying process.
How do the NASCAR track dryers work?
Using compressed air, the Air Titan™ efficiently and reliably pushes water off of the racing surface and onto the apron where vacuum trucks will remove the remainder of the moisture. Jet dryers will follow each Air Titan™, drying any excess water that remains on the racing surface.
How much does a Nascar jet dryer cost?
The entire cost to build one jet dryer is around $60,000. The jet dryers are loud, audibly louder than race cars when passing. They also run on a variation of kerosene jet fuel, with the 200-gallon tanks burning their entire load in one hour.
Did they finish the Daytona 500 yesterday?
A stunning finish to an unforgettable Daytona 500. With a stunning, fiery, final-lap crash involving Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch, Michael McDowell navigated through the pileup to win the 2021 Daytona 500. It’s McDowell’s first career NASCAR Cup Series win in his 14th season.
How long does it take to dry a track?
The time it takes to dry a track depends on a variety of climate factors — wind, humidity, sunshine, etc… — but in decent conditions a track the size of Daytona’s 2.5 miles can be dried in an hour or less. It used to take more than twice that long.
How much does an air titan cost?
The original Air Titan cost $50,000 per weekend, but costs associated with the second version are not available.