NASCAR To Use Air Titan System At All '14 Sprint Cup Races
In an effort to reduce rain delays, NASCAR will bring its Air Titan track drying system to every Sprint Cup race in '14. NASCAR created the system this year and claimed it would reduce the time it took to dry tracks after rain. It charged tracks more than $100,000 to use it in order to offset the costs associated with transporting it, but many declined to pay for it.
NASCAR Senior VP/Racing Operations Steve O’Donnell declined to say who will cover the costs of the system next year, but sources familiar with the sanctioning body’s plans said some of those costs would be covered by NASCAR and some by the tracks through increased sanction agreement fees. O’Donnell said, "There were some costs that were associated with the program (this year) in terms of executing or putting it to use while it was at the track. We took care of a lot of those details, did all the R&D. But there were certainly costs in the execution. This year some tracks chose to use it. ... In 2014, NASCAR is going to take over that role entirely and have it at every event."