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NBC Sports Set for More than 60 Hours of WeatherTech Championship Action in 2021


Coverage Begins this Weekend with Motul Pole Award 100 on NBCSN; Three Hours of Rolex 24 Coverage Airing on NBC Network

By Jeff Olson

IMSA NewsWire

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NBC Sports saw significant gains in viewership for its broadcasts of IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship races in 2020. This weekend, it will attempt to continue that growing momentum as the 2021 season gets underway.

Live coverage begins Sunday with the Roar Before the Rolex 24’s inaugural Motul Pole Award 100 race on NBCSN. The 100-minute race determines the starting positions for the 59th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 30-31.

The Motul Pole Award 100 and the Rolex 24 At Daytona will draw some of the best drivers from all forms of motorsports — NASCAR’s Chase Elliott and Austin Dillon, IndyCar’s Scott Dixon and Alexander Rossi — as well as WeatherTech Championship regulars like Ricky Taylor, Renger Van der Zande and Ryan Briscoe.

Former NASCAR star driver, Jimmie Johnson, will also take part in the Rolex 24, as will Kevin Magnussen, who is making the transition from Formula One to IMSA.

Dave Burns, Calvin Fish and Kevin Lee will lead NBCSN’s broadcast of the Motul Pole Award 100 qualifying race at the Roar Before the 24 on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. ET. Live coverage of the Rolex 24 At Daytona begins Jan. 30 at 3:30 p.m. on NBC, which will host the start and finishing hours of the 24-hour race.

Coverage of the 2021 season resumes March 20 with the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Advance Auto Parts. The remaining 10 races of the season — including events at Watkins Glen International, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and the season-ending Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta — will be offered across NBC Sports’ platforms.

Overall, NBCSN will offer more than 51 hours of programming of WeatherTech races during the 12-race 2021 season, with nine hours of programming set for NBC network.

Among the highlights of live IMSA coverage on NBC are first hour and final two Hours of the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA, three hours of the Michelin GT Challenge at VIR at VIRginia International Raceway on Aug. 22, and the first three hours of the Motul Petit Le Mans on Oct. 9.

Date Event Network Time (ET)
Sun., Jan. 24 Motul Pole Award 100 NBCSN 4:30 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 30 Rolex 24 At Daytona NBC 3:30 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 30 Rolex 24 At Daytona NBCSN 4:30 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 30 Rolex 24 At Daytona NBCSN 11 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 31 Rolex 24 At Daytona NBCSN 6 a.m.
Sun., Jan. 31 Rolex 24 At Daytona NBC 2 p.m.
Sat., March 20 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring NBCSN 7 p.m.
Sun., May 16 Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio NBCSN 2:30 p.m.
Sat., June 5 Detroit Grand Prix NBCSN 1 p.m.
Sun., June 27 Six Hours of the Glen NBCSN 7 p.m.
Sun., July 4 Sportscar Grand Prix (CTMP) NBCSN Noon
Sat., July 17 Northeast Grand Prix* (Lime Rock) NBCSN 5 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 8 IMSA Sportscar Weekend* (Road America) NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 22 Michelin GT Challenge at VIR NBC 3 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 12 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca NBCSN 4 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 25 Grand Prix of Long Beach NBCSN 5 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 9 Motul Petit Le Mans NBC Noon
Sat., Oct. 9 Motul Petit Le Mans NBCSN 3 p.m.

*Same day-delay

Note: all coverage streams on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app

Live streaming coverage of all races throughout the 2021 season will be available exclusively on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.