NBC reveals 2019 IMSA TV coverage plans for USA
By RACER.com staff
NBC Sports has revealed the coverage schedule for its inaugural season as TV home of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, beginning Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, with live coverage of the 57th Rolex 24 At Daytona. In all, more than 100 hours of IMSA programming are set to air across NBC, NBCSN, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app throughout the 2019 season.
NBCSN will broadcast a one-hour 2019 season preview on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. ET. That will be followed by live coverage of qualifying for the Rolex 24 from 3 to 5 p.m. ET. The preview show will also re-air on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 1 p.m. ET as a lead-in to the coverage of the race.
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming platforms for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will provide live streaming coverage of the Rolex 24 on NBCSN.
“We couldn’t be more excited to begin our IMSA coverage with the 57th running of the iconic Rolex 24,” said Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports and NBCSN. “As the home of U.S. motorsports, we’ll showcase the uniqueness of IMSA racing to motorsports fans everywhere, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the association throughout the upcoming season.”
“As we all get ready for IMSA’s much-anticipated 50th anniversary season in 2019, our new NBC Sports media partnership promises to promote and showcase our unique premium product in revolutionary ways,” said IMSA CEO Ed Bennett. “Both IMSA and the WeatherTech Championship have been experiencing incredible momentum the last several years and this partnership should only help elevate the sport to new heights.”
The season concludes with live coverage of the Motul Petit Le Mans on Oct. 12 from Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga. In total, NBC Sports will present three live racing windows on NBC, and more than 40 hours of coverage on NBCSN.
The 57th Rolex 24 and 11 additional IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship races will be broadcast across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and the NBC Sports app. All races will be live streamed to authenticated subscribers on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.
Date Race Circuit Network Time (ET)
Thurs., Jan. 24 Rolex 24 At Daytona – Qualifying Daytona NBCSN 3 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 26 Rolex 24 At Daytona Daytona NBCSN 2 p.m. Sat., Jan 26 Rolex 24 At Daytona Daytona NBC Sports App 5 p.m. Sat., Jan 26 Rolex 24 At Daytona Daytona NBCSN 9 p.m. Sun., Jan. 27 Rolex 24 At Daytona Daytona NBC Sports App 3 a.m. Sun., Jan. 27 Rolex 24 At Daytona Daytona NBCSN 6 a.m.
Sat., March 16 12 Hours of Sebring Sebring NBC Sports App 10:30 a.m Sat., March 16 12 Hours of Sebring Sebring CNBC 1 p.m. Sat., March 16 12 Hours of Sebring Sebring NBCSN 3:30 p.m.
Sat. April 13 GP of Long Beach Long Beach NBCSN 5 p.m.
Sun., May 5 Sports Car Challenge Mid-Ohio NBCSN 1:30 p.m.
Sat., June 1 Detroit GP Belle Isle NBCSN 12:30 p.m.
Sun., June 30 Six Hours of The Glen Watkins Glen NBC Sports App 9:30 a.m. Sun., June 30 Six Hours of The Glen* Watkins Glen NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Sun., July 7 Sports Car Grand Prix CTMP NBC 1 p.m.
Sat., July 20 NE Grand Prix Lime Rock NBC Sports App 3 p.m. Sat., July 20 NE Grand Prix* Lime Rock NBCSN 10 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 4 Road America Road America NBC Sports App 1:30 p.m. Sun., Aug. 4 Road America* Road America NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 25 GT Challenge VIR NBCSN 1:30 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 15 Laguna Seca WeatherTech NBC 3 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 12 Petit Le Mans Road Atlanta NBC 12 p.m. Sat., Oct. 12 Petit Le Mans Road Atlanta NBC Sports App 3 p.m. Sat., Oct. 12 Petit Le Mans Road Atlanta NBCSN 6 p.m.
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