Monday, December 17, 2018

Two Extra Broadcast Hours on 2019 IMSA TV Schedule


More than 100 hours of IMSA competition will air across NBC, NBCSN and during the first year of the sanctioning body’s six-year broadcast rights partnership with NBC Sports.

The 57th Rolex 24 at Daytona and IMSA’s 50th anniversary season will kick off Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 at 2 p.m. EST on NBCSN, though not before a one-hour season preview and live qualifying coverage are shown from 2–5 p.m. on the same channel two days before.

After the season preview re-airs during the hour leading up to Saturday’s race coverage, NBCSN will carry 18 of 25 hours of live race coverage with the telecast shifting to the NBC Sports app Friday evening and early Saturday morning.

The second round of both the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season and Michelin Endurance Cup at Sebring International Raceway will be shown on the app, CNBC then NBCSN during its 12-hour duration.

Ford GT apexes Long Beach street circuit turn
After previously being shown on FOX’s broadcast network channel, the WeatherTech Championship’s visit to Long Beach will be carried on NBCSN in 2019. | Photo: Dan Bathie / Spacesuit Media

Though a same-day delayed telecast of June 30’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen will be shown in the evening on NCBSN, the app will be the only source for the live telecast with its coverage from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The newly named Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta will again be the site of the season-ending contest, the opening three hours of which will be shown on NBC’s main broadcast network channel.

Prior to those three hours at the end of the season, a three-hour broadcast network window for the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park event represents the other significant portion of the seven scheduled hours for IMSA on NBC — a two-hour broadcast network increase year over year.

The seventh hour will take place during the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca event and will be the only hour of the race shown anywhere. Otherwise, authenticated subscribers will be able to view the entirety of every WeatherTech Championship race via the aforementioned website and app.

2019 WeatherTech Championship TV Schedule

Jan. 242019 Preview Show— 2–3 p.m on NBCSN
(Re-aired Jan. 26 from 1–2 p.m.)
Jan. 24Daytona International Speedway (qualifying)— 3–5 p.m. on NBCSN
Jan. 26–27Daytona International Speedway— 2–5 p.m. on NBCSN
— 5–9 p.m. on NBC Sports app
— 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. on NBCSN
— 3–6 a.m. on NBC Sports app
— 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. on NBCSN
March 16Sebring International Raceway— 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on NBC Sports app
— 1–3:30 p.m. on CNBC
— 3:30–11 p.m. on NBCSN
April 13Streets of Long Beach— 5–7 p.m. on NBCSN
May 5Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course— 1:30–4:30 p.m. on NBCSN
June 1Raceway at Belle Isle Park— 12:30–2:30 p.m. on NBCSN
June 30Watkins Glen International— 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on NBC Sports app
(Same-day delayed telecast from 7:30–10 p.m. on NBCSN)
July 7Canadian Tire Motorsport Park— 1–4 p.m. on NBC
July 20Lime Rock Park— 3–6 p.m. on NBC Sports app
(Same-day delayed telecast from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. on NBCSN)
Aug. 4Road America— 2:30–5:30 p.m. on NBC Sports app
(Same-day delayed telecast from 6:30–9:30 p.m. on NBCSN)
Aug. 25Virginia International Raceway— 1:30–4:30 p.m. on NBCSN
Sept. 15WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca— 5–6 p.m. on NBC
Oct. 12Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta— 12–3 p.m. on NBC
— 3–6 p.m. on NBC Sports app
— 6–10:30 p.m. on NBCSN
All times Eastern. Broadcast dates and times subject to change.

Aaron Durant
Aaron Durant
Aaron Durant leads The Apex as its editor-in-chief. When not bringing his racing journalism vision to life at The Apex, Durant enjoys snowboarding, playing the drums, reading and trudging through an endless queue of podcasts.


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