Rob Kinnan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
April 22, 2019

When you hold a car show at a race track, it only makes sense that you open the track for the participants to flog on their cars. The 55 Years of Mustang event did just that, opening Charlotte’s ROVAL to anyone that wanted to dare the track’s steep NASCAR banking.

For those that don’t know, ROVAL is the term for the track layout that uses 90 percent of the oval track in addition to the infield road course. The 17-turn (actually 15 turns since they eliminated the backstretch “bus stop” chicane), 2.28-mile track uses all four steeply banked turns of the Charlotte oval track plus the infield road course that has a 35-foot elevation change. Those banked turns are intimidating to anyyone that has never been on them, but a lot of Mustang owners took the bait in order to live out their Walter Mitty/Dale Earnhardt fantasy lives, and they all had huge grins on their face when they climbed out of their cars. We even heard a few “Woo Hoos!”

The open track portion of the show featured four classes—A, B, C, and D—with A being reserved for race-prepped cars with experienced drivers. That way, whatever experience and ability you have behind the wheel, you’re paired up with like-minded drivers, seriously lessening the intimidation factor.

Check out the gallery to get an idea of the cars that participated in the open track portion of the show. You might notice Gateway Classic Mustangs’ yellow hardtop that is always a fixture at an open track event, and also Innovation Performance Technologies’ Rustang that we raced here (http://www.mustangandfords.com/features/1902-laps-of-honor/).

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Photography by Rob Kinnan