The new infield road course roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway will get utilized for more than the fall playoff Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race this year. Cyclists will get to race the course against the clock starting May 1.
New Track Format for Cup Playoffs
Late last year, NASCAR announced that Charlotte’s second race of the 2018 would feature a new configuration—its infield road course, and part of the normal mile-and-a-half oval called a roval—road and oval combined.
The Charlotte Motor Speedway Bank of America page describes it as the following:
“A new chapter at America’s Home for Racing, Charlotte Motor Speedway will be written Sept.30, 2018, when the Bank of America 500—NASCAR’s homecoming showcase of speed and excitement—roars to life on ROVAL™! The first road course race in NASCAR’s playoffs—and the cutoff race in Round 1—will see drivers duel door to door in one of the most challenging and dramatic races on the schedule.”
Cycling Time Trial Series
For years, the Concord, NC track has featured a cycling time trial event every summer, utilizing the 1.5 mile oval as timed course for road cyclists. But this year, like the MENCS, the CMS Time Trial Series is utilizing the roval configuration.
For the Tuesday, May 1, 2018 date, the cycling time trial series will experiment with using the Charlotte Motor Speedway roval configuration as well.
The series web page describes it:
“It’s YOU against the clock at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. This event is one of the most unique cycling events in the area as its held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on the track and its open to anyone and everyone. The 10.5 mile, seven-lap event is held once a month so it’s a great way to test your fitness throughout the season. We have three different waves of participants starting each evening. The wave starts help keep cyclists of similar ability ans speed on the track at the same time.”