Sixteen NASCAR drivers completed the first test session at the Charlotte Motor Speedway road course on Tuesday leading up to the Bank of America ROVAL 400 on Sept. 30.
The race will serve as the first road course to be included in the NASCAR Playoffs, and after adjustments were made to the race distance and course layout the race will now run 109 laps around the 2.28-mile road course.
Many drivers, including seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson, expressed their opinions about the new roval.
“It’s very demanding. There are some blind corners, which are fun. A lot of surface changes, as you can imagine. There’s parking lots and an existing road course in here and we’re coming in and out of parking lots and on the old road course and different sections, so the road itself is pretty rough.”
Bubba Wallace, driver of the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet, crashed into the tire barriers early Tuesday morning. With no backup car on site Wallace and his RPM team were forced to pack up early. No other major incidents occurred throughout the rest of the testing day.
The next test session for Monster Energy Series drivers will be July 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, and fans are welcome to to attend the event.
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