The Municipal Equipment team would like to congratulate NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Jimmy Johnson on his victory in Miami to win his record tying 7th title! Pictured above is the champ with his trophy in front of the official sweeper of NASCAR Green, the Elgin Crosswind® Specialty Track Sweeper. You can see the sweeper working in person next July at the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway!
As the Official Sweeper of NASCAR Green, Elgin Sweeper is present at each NASCAR race event weekend to support NASCAR’s Air Titan equipment to dry rain-soaked racetracks, saving jet fuel and reduce NASCAR’s overall carbon footprint. In addition to supporting the Air Titan equipment with the Elgin Crosswind® Specialty Track Sweeper, Elgin Sweeper helps clean and dry the tracks during caution periods when necessary.
“The Elgin Track Sweeper saves roughly one gallon of diesel fuel per hour, which relates to about 22.4 pounds of carbon dioxide,” said James Crockett, sweeper products manager at Elgin Sweeper. “Our proprietary shared technology system diverts the formerly wasted energy from the chassis engine back to power the sweeper itself. This technology offsets about 16 metric tons of carbon dioxide being put into the environment over the course of a full NASCAR season, which is the equivalent of planting 372 new tree seedlings.”
Based on Elgin Sweeper’s Crosswind GRS unit used to vacuum liquid glycol from airport runways, the Track Sweeper includes unique features developed for racetrack sweeping, track drying and conditioning, and mitigating dust left behind from absorbent products used to clean fuel spills on the track. These features include a side air-blast nozzle, a reverse sweep system, a 20,000 CFM-rated blower, a hydraulically-driven side broom with plastic bristles and a soft-wall attachment to vacuum out behind the weepers (cracks on a racetrack where water seeps through) and the soft wall before and after each race.
In addition to sweeping the NASCAR tracks, the Elgin Track Sweeper also removes standing water, rubber and debris in and around the pit area, which contributes to the overall safety of the racers, their crews and spectators. The sweeper’s powerful side air blast is ideally suited for locations such as grass on the inside field, pit areas and weepers.
Crockett added that the Elgin Track Sweeper provides another environmental benefit on race day. “By speeding up the time it takes to clean and dry the track, the Track Sweeper helps the race event get back on schedule and to completion at a quicker rate,” he said. “By doing so, the overall operations energy usage around the track – electricity used in the suites, media centers and lighting systems – is also significantly reduced.”
Congratulations again to Jimmy, and be sure to look for the Elgin Crosswind® Specialty Track Sweeper at Kentucky Speedway next year!