The 61st Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona International Speedway starts at 13:40 ET on Saturday, January 28. Sixty-one cars will take the green flag in America’s biggest sportscar race of the year, which kicks off the IMSA season.
New for 2023 is the GTP class – prototype sportscars from Acura, BMW, Cadillac and Porsche – that feature electrical hybrid systems, as IMSA embraces a new era.
Subsidiary classes are for LMP2 and LMP3 prototypes, featuring an array of professional and amateur drivers. The GTD ranks are for production-based cars, and these are divided into two separate classes – one for all-pro driver lineups and one for pro-am.
Click here for the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona entry list
Qualifying was held on Sunday, and here is what happened.
How can I watch the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona?
From Saturday afternoon, live TV coverage is available on NBC’s Peacock streaming service for the full 24-hour cycle, while network NBC will provide 10 minutes of build-up and then the first 50 minutes of the race, and then the final 1hr40mins and 20mins of post-race.
In the meantime, USA Network will cover 13.5 hours of the race.
Peacock, NBC’s streaming service, will broadcast all 24 hours in the USA
IMSA TV, available at imsa.com, will broadcast all 24 hours outside of the USA
Saturday, January 28, 1:30-2:30pm – NBC
Saturday, 2:30-8:00pm – USA network
Saturday, 10:00-11:59pm – USA network
Sunday, January 29, 6:00am-12:00pm – USA network
Sunday, 12:00-2:00pm – NBC
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What type of track is Daytona?
The Daytona International Speedway road course is a 3.56-mile layout that incorporates all three turns of the banked tri-oval but inserts a fiddly infield section and a ‘Bus Stop’ chicane to create a total of 12 turns.
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Photo by: Art Fleischmann
What’s the average fastest lap speed?
Driving a Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R last year, the 2021 IndyCar champion Alex Palou set a new race lap record around the course of 1min33.724sec, an average speed of 136.74mph.
IMSA at Daytona schedule (all times in ET)
Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona
Wednesday, Jan. 25
Mazda MX-5 Cup practice 1
Michelin Pilot Challenge practice 1
Thursday, Jan. 26
Mazda MX-5 Cup practice 2
Michelin Pilot Challenge practice 2
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice 1
Mazda MX-5 Cup qualifying
Michelin Pilot Challenge qualifying
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice 2
Mazda MX-5 Cup RACE 1
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice 3
Friday, Jan. 27
Michelin Pilot Challenge practice 3
Mazda MX-5 Cup RACE 2
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice 4
Michelin Pilot BMW M Endurance Challenge at Daytona RACE
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice 4 (GTP class only)
Saturday, Jan. 28
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona RACE starts
Sunday, Jan. 29
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona RACE finishes
Qualifying times for the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona: