In 2017, FIELDS installed a proprietary blend of synthetic turf at Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS) in North Carolina on the course’s “ROVAL.” It was the first course in NASCAR to have any synthetic turf in the infield. This year, FIELDS has returned to Charlotte to remove all of the existing grass in the ROVAL and make it entirely synthetic turf. FIELDS, Speedway Motors Inc. and TenCate have worked together closely to bring this new and improved ROVAL to life.
NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick brought the idea to FIELDS President & CEO Brian Storm, looking for a way to make the infield safer. Synthetic turf is a great alternative to natural grass for the sport because it requires less maintenance and provides a safer surface if drivers ever exit the track. The project at CMS involves removal of the natural grass and organically underneath it to prepare for the installation of the new base. After the base was completed, synthetic turf was rolled out parallel to the track and glued in place. Sand is used in this type of turf as a means of slowing down cars if they drive across it. The new synthetic turf ROVAL will be put to the test during race weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway September 28-30!