In 2013, NASCAR will begin using a new track drying procedure that should significantly shorten track-drying times, NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France said via Motor Racing Network.
France set a goal for the Research and Development Center to improve drying times by 80 percent.
We engaged third-party help and we’ll have it for Daytona. We won’t be at 80 percent, but we’re going to be dramatically better with a whole new system on how to dry the track as much as 60 percent [faster] and we will get to the 80 percent goal.
The end goal is to see a larger speedway such as Daytona International Speedway dried in 30 minutes, and a smaller speedway like Martinsville Speedway dried in 15 minutes.
The new system uses an air-powered blower, which is followed by a vacuum. The new system is expected to be faster and “greener” in that it will not use the kerosene jet fuel currently used in jet dryers.
Think of it as giant tanks, scuba tanks, that drive air out and blow water — or anything else — off the surface in a dramatically better way. It’s a big solution. We’re not (all the way) there yet, but it’s ready now.