NASCAR Cup: Charlotte road course considered
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October 2016 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)
By AMANDA VINCENT
On Jan. 13 NASCAR and Charlotte Motor Speedway conducted a test, utilizing the driving services of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ A.J. Allmendinger, to study the feasibility of running a Cup-level road-course race at CMS.
The Cup Series races runs two points-paying events at Charlotte each year, the Coca-Cola 600 in May and a race during the Chase. The track also hosts NASCAR’s All-Star Race, also in May. According to a report from Motorsport.com
, the sanctioning body is considering running one of the Charlotte races at a road-course events, with the most likely possibility being either the All-Star Race or the Chase race, in 2017.
The proposed road-course race would utilize most of the 1.5-mile oval and a portion of the infield road course. Three different routes with varying lengths are possible.
Charlotte Motor Speedway has hosted racing other than NASCAR on its road course.