CONCORD, N.C. – Charlotte Motor Speedway has added a new frontstretch chicane, complete with the installation of Sports Fields Inc. synthetic turf, ahead of next year’s Bank of America 500 on the track’s ‘Roval’ layout.
The new chicane and turf are located at the exit of Turn 4.
The innovative Roval will feature an 18-turn, 2.4-mile layout for the Bank of America 500 on Sept. 28-30, 2018 – the first road course race in the 14-year history of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.
The groundbreaking synthetic turf project – designed to slow cars down quicker and more efficiently than regular grass – became a reality through the use of:
- 42,000 square feet of synthetic turf – more than half the length of a football field;
- 1,100 gallons of glue
- 300,000 pounds of sand
- 900 man-hours of planning and installation.
Drivers in next year’s NASCAR fall classic will decelerate in oval Turn 3 into the new, left-right chicane – surrounded by synthetic turf – as they exit Turn 4 and before they approach the start-finish line. A second chicane will be added to the speedway’s backstretch to allow the course to become compatible for traditional road course setups.
The additional turns will provide extra passing zones to entertain the fans as well as an added challenge to drivers competing for 130 exhilarating laps in next year’s race.
“As the Roval itself is an innovation, we believe this revolutionary new use of synthetic turf was the perfect fit for our world-class racing venue,” said Marcus Smith, the president and CEO of Speedway Motorsports Inc. “The turf is more manageable than grass, resistant to heat and it provides a smooth, speed-scrubbing surface should a car spin through it.”
“We connected with Brian Storm and Sports Fields through an introduction by Kevin Harvick, and we greatly appreciate all of the hard work and creativity fueled into this project from Sports Fields. We’re excited to see how the turf and the new chicanes add to the excitement for next year’s Bank of America 500 on the Roval.”
CREDIT: Charlotte Motor Speedway