The 55th running of the Rolex 24 from Daytona International Speedway is only a couple of hours away – This is how you can follow along at home.
In the USA, the race is live on the FOX Sports family of channels. The opening hours are on the main FOX network. Alternatively FSGO has lights to flag coverage with FS1 authentication according to IMSA’s website. Coverage is set to start at 2PM ET on FOX.
TV coverage elsewhere – IMSA.com live streaming, MotorsTV also have coverage in the UK. IMSA Radio audio accessible everywhere. Also please do check out IMSA’s app.
FBC Podcasts regarding the Daytona 24 Hours (Rolex24)
Todd, Paul and Ian James did a fantastic FBC Downshift episode on the Rolex24 available here
Also Doug, John and myself spoke about the Indycar drivers competing this weekend at the Rolex24 in the latest FBC Indi podcast available here
Recap of the class structure for 2017
The ‘P’ prototype remains the premier class in the IMSA Weathertech sportscar championship. This year the class is made up of Daytona Prototype International (DPI) entrants and the LMP2 2017 cars. Basically the difference between them is the DPI cars from Cadillac (Based on the LMP2 2017 Dallara) Mazda (Based on the LMP2 2017 Riley-Multimatic) and ESM Nissan (Based on the LMP2 2017 Ligier) have manufacturer specific bodywork affixed to one of the four LMP2 2017 chosen chassis constructors. Currently no OEM has developed a DPI package for the Oreca 07, although the base LMP2 2017 Oreca’s are represented on the grid.
The other difference is that the DPI cars have engines developed by their individual manufacturers, whereas the LMP2 2017 cars all run a spec Gibson 4.2l V8 unit. All of the cars in the class are performance balanced.
PC is the FLM09 spec cars, which are expected to be retired at the end of the current season. The GT LM cars share technical regulations with the GTE PRO class in WEC and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, so those should be familiar to anyone who follows Le Mans. The GTD class features GT3 specification cars, with some technical specifications for IMSA competition. These are the type of cars you would see racing at the Spa 24 Hours, and other GT3 events around the world.
I’ll be here throughout the race, so if anyone has any questions or wants to discuss the race, post your comment below and I’ll try to answer it.