Considering that tonight’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race is under a rain delay at this time, this seems like a fitting topic.
As you may recall, NASCAR recently unveiled its second version of the Air Titan track-drying technology that debuted last year. The system has been used quite a bit this season, and we don’t think there’s even one fan that would say NASCAR’s investment in it wasn’t a wise one.
Now, it appears that the system has attracted the attention of another sport that has its own issues with the rain: Professional tennis.
Earlier today, NASCAR CEO Brian France disclosed a recent meeting he had with the United States Tennis Association on the subject.
“I was just out with the United States Tennis Association because they have a similar issue with all those courts,” NASCAR chairman Brian France said at a sports editors’ conference according to USA Today.
“When it rains, they need about 20 or 30 minutes to dry their courts. This technology is going to have major ramifications. We always believed that it would. It’s a green solution.
“To give you a little perspective on that, we can clean the area the size of a football field in 20 seconds with this technology, which gives you a certain feel of why the tennis guys are intrigued to know more about this technology.”
It sounds strange to put NASCAR and tennis together, but last year, the New York Times relayed comments from NASCAR vice president of racing operations Steve O’Donnell that suggested tennis hardcourts could eventually benefit from the Air Titan system.
And now that the system’s evolved into a more compact and greener version, that time could be coming soon.