Watch: Charlotte Motor Speedway's new road course comes alive in 360-degree cockpit video
The new road-course layout at Charlotte Motor Speedway will serve as the elimination race in the Round of 16 in the 2018 NASCAR playoffs.
The first race at Charlotte Motor Speedway's new road-course layout is still a year away, but several drivers tested the new 2.42-mile "Roval" this week.Â
One of the drivers in the Goodyear tire test, Martin Truex Jr., said the layout has "a lot of squiggles and whoop-de-doos," whichÂ probably didn't help the tire company's technical staff.
"Just gonna tell you itâ€™s very narrow. Itâ€™s very rough. Thereâ€™s a lot of squiggles and whoop-de-doos and, I mean, thereâ€™s all kinds of craziness going on,"Â Truex Jr. said (via the Charlotte Observer).
So what does a 1.5-mile oval track look like transformed into an 18-turn road course? Check out this cool, 360-degree, interactive video from the cockpit of Richard Childress RacingÂ Xfinity Series driver Daniel Hemric's test car.
(Select the arrows in theÂ upper left corner to change the perspective.)
Joining Truex and Hemric for the testing were Monster Energy NASCAR Cup driversÂ Jamie McMurray and Kurt Busch.
The road course will hostÂ the elimination race in the Round of 16 in the 2018 NASCAR playoffs. Obviously, the track will retain its original 1.5-mile layout for other events, including theÂ Coca-Cola 600 and the Monster Energy NASCARÂ All-Star Race.