FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 15th, 2018
NBC SPORTS PRESENTS MORE THAN 100 EXCLUSIVE HOURS OF 2019 IMSA SEASON BEGINNING JAN. 26, 2019 ON NBCSN
57TH Rolex 24 At DAYTONA – Live Race Coverage Begins Saturday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. ET
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Laguna Seca & Motul Petit Le Mans Races to Air Live on NBC
2019 Season Features More Than 40 Hours of Coverage on NBCSN
NBC Sports Is Exclusive Home of IMSA Beginning in 2019
STAMFORD, Conn. – November 15, 2018 – NBC Sports’ inaugural presentation of the IMSA SportsCar Championship begins Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, with live coverage of the 57th Rolex 24 At DAYTONA from Daytona Beach, Fla., as part of more than 100 hours of IMSA programming set to air across NBC, NBCSN, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app throughout the upcoming 2019 season.
On April 30, NBC Sports Group and IMSA announced a new, multi-year media rights agreement in which NBC Sports acquired the U.S. broadcast rights to all IMSA races beginning in 2019.
Live race coverage of the 57th Rolex 24 At DAYTONA – the most prestigious sports car race in North America – from the Daytona International Speedway begins at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN, as a world-class field of drivers take to the 3.56-mile course to celebrate the 50th anniversary of IMSA.
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 57th Rolex 24 At DAYTONA airing 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.”
As part of a six-year partnership announced in April, NBC Sports will present 12 races across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app throughout 2019. Race highlights include the Twelve Hours of Sebring from Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla., on March 16; the Grand Prix of Long Beach from the Long Beach Street Circuit on April 13; and the penultimate race of the season from WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif., on Sept. 15.
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 At DAYTONA 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.
The following is NBC Sports’ complete schedule of the 2019 IMSA season:
NBC SPORTS’ 2019 IMSA RACE COVERAGE
|Thurs., Jan. 24||Rolex 24 At DAYTONA – Qualifying||Daytona International Speedway||NBCSN||3 p.m.|
|Sat., Jan. 26||Rolex 24 At DAYTONA||Daytona International Speedway||NBCSN||2 p.m.|
|Rolex 24 At DAYTONA||Daytona International Speedway||NBC Sports App||5 p.m.|
|Rolex 24 At DAYTONA||Daytona International Speedway||NBCSN||9 p.m.|
|Sun., Jan. 27||Rolex 24 At DAYTONA||Daytona International Speedway||NBC Sports App||3 a.m.|
|Rolex 24 At DAYTONA||Daytona International Speedway||NBCSN||6 a.m.|
|Sat., March 16||Twelve Hours of Sebring||Sebring International Raceway||NBC Sports App||10:30 a.m.|
|Twelve Hours of Sebring||Sebring International Raceway||CNBC||1 p.m.|
|Twelve Hours of Sebring||Sebring International Raceway||NBCSN||3:30 p.m.|
|Sat. April 13||Grand Prix of Long Beach||Long Beach Street Circuit||NBCSN||5 p.m.|
|Sun., May 5||Sports Car Challenge||Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course||NBCSN||1:30 p.m.|
|Sat., June 1||Detroit Grand Prix||Belle Isle Park||NBCSN||12:30 p.m.|
|Sun., June 30||Six Hours of The Glen||Watkins Glen International||NBC Sports App||9:30 a.m.|
|Six Hours of The Glen*||Watkins Glen International||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Sun., July 7||Sports Car Grand Prix||Canadian Tire Motorsport Park||NBC||1 p.m.|
|Sat., July 20||Northeast Grand Prix||Lime Rock Park||NBC Sports App||3 p.m.|
|Northeast Grand Prix*||Lime Rock Park||NBCSN||10 p.m.|
|Sun., Aug. 4||Road America||Road America||NBC Sports App||1:30 p.m.|
|Road America*||Road America||NBCSN||6:30 p.m.|
|Sun., Aug. 25||GT Challenge at VIR||VIRginia International Raceway||NBCSN||1:30 p.m.|
|Sun., Sept. 15||Laguna Seca||WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca||NBC||3 p.m.|
|Sat., Oct. 12||Petit Le Mans||Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta||NBC||12 p.m.|
|Petit Le Mans||Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta||NBC Sports App||3 p.m.|
|Petit Le Mans||Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta||NBCSN||6 p.m.|
IMSA ON NBCSPORTS.COM AND THE NBC SPORTS APP
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will provide live streaming coverage of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.
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