NASCAR unveils second version of “Air Titan” track drying system

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The next evolution of NASCAR’s “Air Titan” track-drying system – a more compact version that features a single, self-contained unit on the bed of a Toyota Tundra – has been revealed this morning at Martinsville Speedway.

“Air Titan 2.0” more than triples the blade capacity of the original, and delivers more air volume while raising the air temperature by 70 degrees over the ambient. The goal is to reduce track-drying time by a further 80 percent.

The new Air Titan is also greener, too. It will use nearly 80 percent less fuel and emit 80 percent less carbon dioxides as well.

“Developed by our engineers at the NASCAR R&D Center, Air Titan 2.0 will help us more quickly return to racing, which serves our most important mission – the enjoyment of our fans,” said Brian France, NASCAR chairman and CEO, who added that the system is “the ultimate win-win-win for our sport, our fans and our environment.”

With the bigger support vehicles of the original now rendered unnecessary, NASCAR can now use as many as 21 units in Toyota Tundras at larger venues while operating more efficiently at smaller venues.

The new Air Titan will work in conjunction with a track vacuum/sweeper from Elgin (now the official sweeper of NASCAR’s environmental initiative, NASCAR Green) and existing track dryers.

More details can be found below in this graphic furnished by the series:

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Porsche pulls GTLM cars from Mid-Ohio because of COVID-19 positives

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Porsche will skip Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race with its two GTLM cars at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course after three positive COVID-19 tests were confirmed during the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

That resulted in Porsche choosing to pull out of the Nurburgring 24 Hour endurance race in Germany, electing to avoid sending any team members as a precautionary measure.

Porsche Motorsport announced Tuesday that its COVID-19 decision also would apply at Mid-Ohio to its No. 911 and No. 12 teams.

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Three of Porsche’s four IMSA GTLM drivers — Laurens Vanthoor, Frederic Makowiecki and Nick Tandy — also were racing in Le Mans. The trio has remained isolated in Europe and won’t be allowed to travel.

“Based on yesterday’s decision that no employee or racing driver of our Le Mans team will participate in the Nürburgring 24 Hours, we have today decided that this ruling will also apply to the upcoming IWSC race in Mid-Ohio,” Fritz Enzinger, vice president for Porsche Motorsport, said in a release. “This means that Laurens, Nick and Fred will not be traveling to the USA.

“This is very regrettable, but we would like to emphasize that in this case as well the health of all those concerned is the prime focus of the decisions we have taken.”

The decision also affects Earl Bamber, who teamed with Vanthoor to win the GTLM championship last year in the No. 912.

Porsche said its GTLM Porsche 911 RSR-19 entries will return for the Oct. 10 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.

That will reduce the GTLM class to four cars — two Corvettes and two BMWs — this weekend at Mid-Ohio, in what could be somewhat of a 2021 preview. Porsche Motorsport announced earlier this year that it will leave IMSA after the 2020 season because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.