CHARLOTTE, NC (WIS) - During the season, South Carolina has prided itself on being able to move fast on the field.
On Wednesday, the Gamecocks went fast in a different way. As part of Belk Bowl week, USC players paid a visit to the Charlotte Motor Speedway. While there, the Gamecocks got a chance to ride around the track in a stock car with a professional driver.
“That was the fastest car I’ve ever been in,” said Gamecocks running back AJ Turner. “It was going so fast, I was shaking. Then, it was getting close to the wall. It was crazy. I’ve never experienced anything like it.”
Both teams got the chance to ride in the cars as passengers. The cars reached high speeds just as they typically do in races. For the Gamecocks, having this adrenaline-pumping experience is something many of them will never forget.
“When you’re driving on the interstate and you go into a corner, you kind of ease off the gas a little bit,” said Gamecocks tight end Jacob August. “But they hit 100 miles an hour going into the curve and you feel like you’re losing control the whole time. It was scary.”
Both teams will visit the Second Harvest Food Bank on Thursday morning. Media Day will take place on Friday at 10 a.m. and there will be a pep rally at The Square at Trade and Tryon Friday night at 7 p.m.
South Carolina and Virginia will battle it out in the Belk Bowl at Bank of America Stadium on Saturday at noon.