The 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona is the start of a new era of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) and its WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Not only is IMSA ushering in its 50th season with this weekend’s running of the 24 Hours of Daytona, but NBC Sports is beginning its first year as IMSA’s TV partner. So this edition of the world-famous endurance race, which got the green flag Saturday at 2:35 p.m. ET and ends at the same time Sunday, is worth monitoring for updates.
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In addition to its TV coverage, NBC Sports is providing live steam coverage of portions of the race. IMSA.tv also is providing a live stream of the race in its entirety. Never has the Rolex 24 at Daytona been easier to watch.
Among the race teams to watch in the 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona was Mazda Team Joest and its pair of Mazda DPi prototypes. In the “ROAR Before the 24” qualifying session a few weeks ago, Oliver Jarvis, driving the No. 77 Mazda, unofficially set a new track record at Daytona. In official qualifying Thursday, Jarvis again set a new track record with a time of 1:33.685, putting the No. 77 Mazda DPi on the pole for the 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona.
In the GT Daytona class, the car to watch is the No. 57 Heinricher Racing Acura NSX GT3, driven by the all-female driver team of Katherine Legge, Simona de Silvestro, Bia Figueiredo and Christina Nielsen. The team will run the entire IMSA schedule, not just the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Since 1962, the best endurance racers in the world have participated in the grueling Rolex 24 at Daytona, and they’ll do so again starting Saturday.
Drivers will compete in the 57th running of the 24-hour race at Daytona International Speedway to kick off the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season. Once a champion is crowned Sunday afternoon, the countdown will begin to NASCAR’s Daytona 500, which goes down Feb. 17.
Here’s how to watch the 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona:
When: Saturday, Jan. 26, at 2:30 p.m. ET, into Sunday, Jan. 27
TV: NBC Sports Network
Live Stream: NBC Sports, IMSA.TV