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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Travis Pastrana leads flag-to-flag in Nitro Rallycross as the series returns to America

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Travis Pastrana waited until the final trip around ERX Motor Park to take his Joker Lap – a longer way around the course that all drivers must do at least once in a race – and came out cleanly to win his first Nitro Rallycross race of 2022. With this win, Pastrana is the third driver to visit Victory Lane in the first three rounds of the 2022-23 season.

“This is the closest to a motocross track,” Pastrana told Katie Osborne on Peacock. “Thank you so much for a beautiful facility. It’s been a rough start to the season and I’m so thankful to be back out here. We had a good run in the side-by-side and now for this. This is much needed.”

Another thing needed was the sense of improvement. And Pastrana earned that affirmation each time he completed a lap around the course.

“I get my lap times read out and they said ‘fastest time of the week,’ ‘fastest time of the week’ (each time around) ” Pastrana said. “This is really special. We’re a long way behind in the championship, but welcome to America.”

In a pre-race press conference, Pastrana said that as Nitro Rallycross heads back to America, it was time for an American to win and he made good on his promise. Pastrana took the early lead over Robin Larsson and let the back of his Subaru hang out, taking risks he might not otherwise take if not for his need to win.

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Larsson’s second-place finish completed a perfect sweep of the podium in three rounds. In fact, he has not yet finished worse than second after winning the opening round at Lydden Hill in the United Kingdom and finishing second at Strangnas in Sweeden.

Fraser McConnel rounded out the podium for his best result of the season. He finished fourth in each of the first two rounds.

Last year, Pastrana finished second in this race to Scott Speed before narrowly edging his teammate for the championship.

Andreas Bakkerud crashed in prelims, but rebounded to finish just off the block in fourth. Bakkerud won the second round ahead of his teammate Larsson.

Oliver Bennett completed the top five.

Minneapolis is the first of three rounds scheduled in the United States. Next on the schedule is Glen Helen, Calif. on Octo 30 and then Phoenix at Wild Horse Pass on November 12th. Nitro Rallycross will then head to Saudi Arabia in December to continue their 2022-23 season.