Daytona International Speedwayâs annual celebration of season-opening events gets into full swing with a sports-car classic: The 58th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is back for its annual 24-hour test of endurance, with a variety of drivers and cars competing in four classes. There are also several NASCAR connections, with defending Cup Series champion Kyle Busch among the entrants.
With teams preparing to race for two trips around the clock, hereâs a glance at this yearâs Rolex 24, including the race format, schedule, tune-in information and more as Daytona Speedweeks gets going in earnest.
What: 58th Rolex 24 at Daytona, the first race of the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season
When: Race starts Saturday, Jan. 25, at 1:40 p.m. ET and ends Sunday, Jan. 26, at 1:40 p.m. ET
Where: Daytona International Speedway, 3.56-mile combined tri-oval and road course
How to watch: NBC Sports plans extensive live coverage, beginning and ending on NBCâs main network, with NBCSN and the networkâs streaming platforms rounding out the broadcast. Full supplemental coverage will come throughÂ NBC Sports Goldâs TrackPass service, the NBC Sports App and IMSA.tv for around-the-clock broadcasting. Information for international broadcasts can be found here and radio broadcast information is found here. The full TV broadcast schedule is listed below.
Divisions:Â The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is divided into four classes, all competing on the track at the same time. Those four divisions include two prototype classes â Daytona Prototype International (DPi) and Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) â and two sports-car classes â Grand Touring Le Mans (GTLM) and Grand Touring Daytona (GTD).
Preliminary events: The IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, split into Grand Sport (GS) and Touring Car (TCR) classes, will host the four-hour BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona on Friday, Jan. 24 (1 p.m. ET, TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold, IMSA.tv). The Rolex 24 Heritage Exhibition will feature classic sports cars from IMSAâs history turning laps Saturday at 10 a.m. ET. Two races for the Ferrari Challenge series are also slated â Thursday at 9 p.m. ET and Friday at 6:45 p.m. ET.
2019 winners:Â The Wayne Taylor Racing Konica Minolta DPi Cadillac took overall honors with drivers Fernando Alonso, Kamui Kobayashi, Jordan Taylor and Renger van der Zande.
Last yearâs other class winners:
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Cars:Â A total of 12 manufacturers will participate in the seriesâ four classes. The number of automakers grows to 17 when adding the Michelin Pilot Challenge series. The full list: Acura, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Lamborghini, Lexus, McLaren, Mazda, Mercedes-AMG, Porsche.
NASCAR involvement: Several bonds to NASCARâs national series are evident on the entry list, topped by Kyle Buschâs first entry in the Rolex 24. Heâll be one of four drivers in a No. 14 AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC-F GT3 in the GT Daytona Class. The NBC Sports broadcast crew will also feature some familiar faces from its NASCAR coverage team.
A list of the participants in IMSAâs opening weekend with NASCAR ties:
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FULL BROADCAST SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern)
Thursday, Jan. 23
Friday, Jan. 24
Saturday, Jan. 25
Sunday, Jan. 26