Watch Multiple Stories Unfold at Speed at Rolex 24 at Daytona
Watch the action on NBCSN
The Rolex 24 at Daytona is taking place to kick off the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The legendary endurance event is currently taking place and being broadcast live on NBCSN.
Among the many reasons to tune in are the storylines below:
• Oliver Jarvis and Mazda Team Joest made headlines during qualifying by breaking the 26-year-old track record previously held by PJ Jones with a lap of 1:33.685 on the 3.56-mile course.
• The 24-hour format allows for drivers from all over the motorsports spectrum to join established teams as co-drivers. Examples this year include two-wime Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso joining Jordan Taylor, Renger van der Zande and Kamui Kobayashi in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi and INDYCAR drivers Simon Pagenaud and Alexander Rossi joining the Acura Team Penske team cars.
• Perhaps the most inspiring story is Alex Zanardi competing in the No. 24 BMW Team RLL. The two-time CART champion and Paralympic gold medal winner who lost his legs in a crash at EuroSpeedway Lausitz in 2001 will drive utilizing hand controls. It is his first active driving appearance in the United States since Road America in 2001.
• Three-time Rolex 24 winner Christian Fittipaldi is going into retirement after this event. Meanwhile, he aims for a fourth victory in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing DPi.
• The brand new team of AIM Vasser Sullivan put together the No. 12 and No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3s in a short amount of time this offseason. Among their stable of drivers is Townsend Bell, who goes from the TV booth back to the racetrack in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship all season.
Rolex 24 at Daytona resources:
Tune into NBC Sports for live coverage of the event.
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship comes to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for the penultimate race of the season on September 13-15. It is the kickoff to Monterey “Speed Week.” Ticket packages are available here.