IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Tag

By Luis Torres, Staff Writer It’s the dawn of a new era for the prestigious street circuit in Southern California as the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach announced Tuesday that Acura will become the new multi-year title sponsor for the Grand Prix of Long Beach this year, replacing Toyota, who ended their 44-year relationship last August. Acura has been heavily involved in the world of motorsports, including their return to North American sports car racing as Team Penske’s DPi and Meyer Shank Racing’s GTD run the Japanese luxury brand inRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer 47 cars started the long and grueling 57th edition of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, and despite a major downpour in the second half, 10 entries weren’t sitting in the pits when the race was rain-shortened. Prior to the heavy rains that stopped the race a record two times, it was reliability issues involving multiple entries including class favorites. Just over an hour into the race, the No. 99 NTG Motorsport Porsche GTD hit the tire barriers at the West Horseshoe. Other than cosmetic damage, all appearedRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer NBC Sports announced Thursday its entire TV lineup for the 57th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway, set to take place on January 26-27. The 24-hour classic will have an all-star lineup as not only the IMSA crew covering the race, it’ll feature both NASCAR and IndyCar commentators, analysis and pit reporters, which is also NBC’s first race of a multi-year exclusive broadcast partnership with the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. IMSA CEO Ed Bennett described the stacked broadcast as an incredible sign ofRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer The 2019 edition of Roar Before the 24 At Daytona International Speedway commenced Friday, and the main headline around the paddock focused on two-time CART champion and Paralympic gold medalist Alex Zanardi’s return on American soil. Zanardi will be co-piloting the No. 24 BMW Team Rahal Letterman Lanigan GTLM shared by John Edwards, Jesse Krohn and Chaz Mostert, in the Rolex 24 at Daytona Jan 26-27. While the entry ended up ninth in class during both Friday sessions with a time of 1:45.642 from the secondRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Former NASCAR and Champ Car driver, but also IMSA enthusiast A.J. Allmendinger was announced by the NBC Sports Group Wednesday that he’ll join the broadcasting team. The multi-year deal will have Allmendinger do multiple projects, including covering the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship as a booth analyst, where he’ll make his broadcast debut in the 57th Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway Jan. 26-27, NBC’s first race under their new television deal. It’ll also be double-duty effort as he’s scheduled to run for Michael Shank Racing inRead More
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By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer After some small uncertainty over his 2018 plans, Ryan Dalziel has a home in the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Starworks Motorsport in the GT Daytona class. After Tequila Patron withdrew from Extreme Speed Motorsports and sponsoring the North American Endurance Cup, Dalziel’s 2019 plans were in doubt until a former boss sought him out. “When my 2018 program was announced it was ending the first call I got was from Peter Baron at Starworks saying we should get the band back together,” said DalzielRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer Fernando Alonso will take another stab at winning the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2019 as he secured a seat with the Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R entry. Alonso will race alongside returning drivers Jordan Taylor and Renger van der Zande but there will be another new driver in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac as Kamui Kobayashi joins the team for Daytona. “First, I have to thank Konica Minolta for yet again supporting WTR, and that I am extremely excited to have added Fernando AlonsoRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer Juncos Racing announced today that former Pro Mazda racer Will Owen has secured a seat in the team’s Cadillac DPi-V.R entry in the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The Denver, Colorado native raced in the European Le Mans Series in 2017 and 2018 and raced twice at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, finishing fourth in the LMP2 class in 2017 and third in the same class in 2018. “I am so happy to announce that I will be returning to Juncos Racing in 2019 toRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer The NBC Sports Group announced Thursday that it’ll present over 100 hours of content for the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship as part of the network’s opening season of exclusive coverage, beginning with the 57th Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona Jan. 26-27. Among the 100+ hours NBC plans to air, more than 40 hours will be featured on NBCSN, such as a one-hour season preview that’ll air on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. EST. Following that will be two hours of Rolex 24 qualifying coverageRead More
By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer CONCORD, N.C. – When the green flag waves for the Drive for the Cure 200, it will mark just the fourth NASCAR Xfinity Series start for Katherine Legge. In fact, very few drivers competing on the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course have as diverse a racing background as Legge. Legge currently competes full-time in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, sitting third in the GT Daytona Points Standings with just one race left on the schedule. During recent off weekends, the Guilford, England native made herRead More