CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - With the Bank of America Roval 400 just over two months away, drivers flocked to Charlotte Motor Speedway on Tuesday for the second round of testing. The 2.28-mile course, filled with 17 different turns, is the course for this year's fall race at Charlotte.
So far, the drivers have had some trouble with the turns, specifically turn three. After many tried to go off the track in order to shorten the turn, NASCAR added rumble strips and a tire barrier to try and prevent that from happening.
However, this week, drivers are still having problems making clean turns.
"It's just so awkward...really low grip, slow and narrow, not a lot of room for mistakes," Driver Alex Bowman said. "It's been interesting so far, feel like we've learned quite a bit."
Bowman crashed his car today, along with fellow Team Hendrick driver William Byron. For Byron, the issues were more centered around his car. At some point, he lost all pressure in the breaks, forcing him to crash into the wall.
The roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway is much different from the other road courses on the NASCAR schedule, making it a unique challenge for drivers. Although, the unique course does add a level of excitement for the fans and others observers.
"Sometimes our schedule gets monotonous," Driver A.J. Allmendinger said after the session. "So to have something different... is something that we need."
If September's race is anything like the first two practice sessions have been, you can expect plenty of drama and crashes around the turn. So far, staying out on the track has been a challenge for many drivers.