NASCAR, track to combat rain with Air Titan 2.0
April 06, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
One week after the NASCAR Air Titan 2.0 made its debut at Martinsville Speedway, five of the Toyota Tundras with the Eco-Infused Elgin Track Vacuum/Sweeper will be used today at Texas Motor Speedway as rain in the area delayed the start of driver intros. The start of the race is currently on hold.
"I've never seen the Air Titans perform, never seen one before this weekend," Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage told NASCAR.com. "Just good to have 14 different devices to dry the track instead of seven or eight jet trucks. That alone should dry it in half the time it took before."
Supplementing the next generation of drying technology will be 11 Air Titans and six jet trucks. In a statement Sunday morning, the track said, "Given the track-drying equipment, an expected break in the weather and that Texas Motor Speedway has lights, all efforts will be made to get in the race today."
"At the current time, the only cancellations have been the No Limits Garage Party presented by WinStar World Casino & Resort scheduled for the Nationwide Series garage, Racing with Faith and an outdoor tweet-up with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Clint Bowyer."
"You just play the hand dealt you, and right now, we're two and a half hours from race time," Gossage said. "We could get it dry. Right now the goal is 2 o'clock (Central Time), and when that comes and goes, 2:01 and then 2:02 and so forth."
The track also noted that fans at the facility can get the latest updates from its Big Hoss TV, the world's largest high-definition LED video board.
"It is another resource and if you have any dangerous weather this is a good way to communicate with people," Gossage said. "That's a big element of having those boards. You can keep your fans safe in the event of really dangerous weather."
Alluding to the rainy weather in a pre-race news conference, Larry the Cable Guy said, "Sorry about the weather. It’ll be a fun race on Tuesday when we get going." A race between the comedian and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman was canceled due to the weather.