Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion Broadcast on NBCSN Monday, August 26 at 6pm EDT
Key races selected to highlight IMSA series, honoring the 50th Anniversary
MONTEREY, CA, August 21, 2019 – WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca has selected key races from the 2019 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion (RMMR) into an hour-long program to be broadcast by NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) on Monday, August 26 at 3:00 pm PDT / 6:00 pm EDT. This year’s RMMR featured International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) as the marque, in honor of their 50th anniversary. This was the first time a race series rather than an automotive manufacturer has been recognized in this way.
The race groups evolved slightly for 2019 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of IMSA. The atmosphere in the paddock was electric with an unprecedented variety of cars with past and present racing personalities from the span of IMSA’s rich history.
The broadcast will focus on four of the fourteen race groups that highlighted classic IMSA race cars, and features racing announcer Rick DeBruhl with color commentary by long time WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca announcer Dick Sisich. Those four race groups are:
Group 5A: 1973 – 1981 FIA, IMSA, GT, GTX, GTU AAGT. This group includes Porsche RSR and Porsche 935, BMW 3.0 CSL, along with Greenwood Corvette, among others.
Group 7A: IMSA Prototype GTP, WSC, LMP, DP. This group includes AAR Gurney Eagle, Acura Spice, Porsche 956 and 962, Jaguar XJR5, along with Lola T600, among others.
Group 6B: 1981 – 1991 IMSA GTO, GTU. This group includes AWD Audi 200, Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, BMW M3, Mazda RX-7, Nissan 300ZX, along with Chevrolet Corvette, among others.
Group 7B: 1983 – 2016 Masters of Endurance Legends. This group includes Audi R8 LMP, BMW V12 LMR, Ferrari 550 GT1, BMW M3 GTR, Chevrolet C5-R and C6-R, along with Lola prototypes, among others.
“We’re excited to share the great historic racing that took place here at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion,” said Art Michalik, Director of Marketing and Communications for WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. “The program will focus on those classes that included cars from IMSA’s incredible 50-year history,” he added.
All races were streamed live to viewers around the globe via the IMSA.tv site. All race coverage from Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18 will be posted to the IMSA and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca YouTube sites Thursday, August 22.
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is the largest event of the famed Monterey Classic Car Week held each August, which transforms scenic Monterey into the worldwide epicenter for automobile and classic car enthusiasts, as well as for automobile manufacturers looking to engage customers. It is a week full of events for entire families, with events such as autograph sessions, book signings, stage interviews, pit tours and so much more. The Hagerty Marketplace will also be brimming with activities to complement the paddock and on-track racing.
About WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is a world-renowned 2.238-mile traditional road course that was built in 1957, then known as Laguna Seca Raceway. The 2019 premier event schedule includes the Intercontinental GT Challenge California 8 Hours, March 29-30; Trans Am SpeedFest, May 3-5; Ferrari Challenge & Corse Clienti F1, May 10-12; MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round with MotoAmerica, July 12-14; Monterey Pre-Reunion Races, August 10-11; Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, August 15-18; IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Challenge, September 13-15; and Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey, September 20-22. WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is owned and operated by the County of Monterey.