The annual winter festival of speed in Daytona Global Speedway kicks off this weekend with a leading prelude into NASCAR’s Speedweeks: The 58th edition of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
The season opener for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship may bring an all-star area of automobiles and drivers for the twice-around-the-clock timeless. Following is a point-by-point peek in the occurrence, with format, the important points as IMSA along with tune-in information walks off its 50th anniversary season and motorsports roars back to life in Daytona.
What: 58th Rolex 24 at Daytona, the first race of the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.
When: Race starts Saturday, Jan. 26, 2:35 p.m. ET, and ends Sunday, Jan. 27, 2:35 p.m. ET.
Where: Daytona International Speedway, 3.56-mile combined tri-oval and road course.
How to watch: NBCSN Options Comprehensive live coverage, Starting Saturday with a pre-race show at 1 p.m. ET. Supplemental policy can come through the NBC Sports App along with IMSA.tv for around-the-clock broadcasting.
Divisions: The IMSA WeatherTech Sports-car Championship is divided to four classes, all competing on the course at the same time. Those 4 divisions include two design classes — Daytona Prototype worldwide (DPi) along with Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) — and 2 sports car classes — Grand Touring lemans (GTLM) along with Grand Touring Daytona (GTD).
Cars: Magnetic problem, split to Grand Sport (GS) and Touring Car (TCR) lessons, will host the four-hour BMW stamina obstacle at Daytona on Friday, January twenty five (12:15 p.m. ET, IMSA.tv). Even the Rolex 24 Heritage Exhibition will comprise classic sports cars by IMSA’s past turning laps Saturday in 10:30 a.m. ET.
Racing Cadillac DPi took overall honors with motorists Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi and also Filipe Albuquerque.
Vehicles: A total of 1-3 makers will Participate from the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s four categories. When adding the Michelin Magnetic Challenge collection the quantity of automakers develops to 1 9. The list: Acura, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Lamborghini, Lexus, Mazda, McLaren, Mercedes-AMG Porsche, Volkswagen.
NASCAR involvement: No current Monster Energy Series motorists have been entered at the 24 hour celebration, but a great deal of motorists and also teams with their palms in the stock car world are engaging. Some of them are longtime NASCAR crew owners Roger Penske and Chip Ganassi, that will field 2 cars.
The NBC Sports Action crew will contain a few Familiar faces out of their protection staff. Among these are Dale Earnhardt Jr., Steve Letarte along with Krista Voda around the Peacock Pit Carton, plus Rick Allen, Dave Burns, Parker Kligerman, Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast along with Rutledge Wood.
An inventory of the Rolex 24 Members with NASCAR ties:
— Acura Team Penske will subject the Nos. 6 and 7 Acuras at the DPi course. Former Monster vitality Series competitor Juan Pablo Montoya, a three-time Rolex 2-4 total winner, will probably be a part of this three-driver attempt for the No. 6 group.
— AJ Allmendinger and Justin Marks will Synergy with Mario Farnbacher along with Trent Hindman at the Meyer Shank Racing w/ Curb-Agajanian No. 86 Acura NSX GT-3. Allmendinger, who has been a regular Monster vitality Series player for that previous 12 seasons, has got one complete Rolex 24 triumph (2012). Marks, a Xfinity winner with commences from all three federal divisions, notched a Rolex 2-4 class win in 2009.
Series standard for Group Penske, will compete in the AIM Vasser Sullivan entrance in GTD class, co-driving the No. 14 Lexus RCF GT-3.
— Andy Lally,” NASCAR’s Sunoco Rookie of The Year at its premier series in 2011, will probably be part of a four-driver effort in the Magnus Racing No. 44 GTD Lamborghini. Lally can be a five-time class winner in the Rolex 24.
Flavor of NASCAR with 4 Xfinity Series begins this past season, will participate within the Heinricher Racing w/Meyer Shank Racing No. 57 Acura NSX GT-3.
— Colin Braun, a one-time Truck Series Winner in ’09 who also has Xfinity Series adventure , will form teams in The CORE Autosport No. 54 DPi Nissan entrance.