Eighteen drivers are expected to test today on Charlotte’s road course, the first time many will run on the 2.28-mile, 17-turn course that will host a playoff race in September.
Scheduled to test are: Martin Truex Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin, Daniel Suarez, Brad Keselowski, Paul Menard, Trevor Bayne, Jamie McMurray, Austin Dillon, Chris Buescher, Kasey Kahne, Michael McDowell, Gray Gaulding, Landon Cassill and BJ McLeod.
The session goes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is open to the public.
NASCAR anticipates lap times of around 78 seconds. Lap times are expected to be about 80 seconds in race conditions. The Sept. 30 race will be 400 kilometers.
Denny Hamlin will be making his first appearance on the course that incorporates most of the track’s oval, along with an infield section.
“It’s kind of quirky,” Hamlin said of the track Charlotte Motor Speedway is calling a roval. “It’s not your normal cup-of-tea road course. I’m going to try to survive first through the test. That will be the object … and then try to get competitive when we come back for the race.”
Brad Keselowski, who also has not been on the course yet, has a simple goal for the test.
“I’m going to try to go there and not wreck,” he said.
There will be a test July 17 for the other teams not at Tuesday’s session.