Roar Before the 24, Rolex 24 Hours: Schedules, how to watch, etc

All you need to know ahead of the 2023 season-opening action for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the Roar Before the 24, and the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.

Roar Before the 24, Rolex 24 Hours: Schedules, how to watch, etc
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The Roar Before the 24, the qualifying event for the 2023 Rolex 24 At Daytona, runs January 20th-22nd culminating in qualifying.

This year, IMSA reverts to the traditional form of class-by-class qualifying as featured at other rounds of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, rather than the sprint race we’ve seen at the Daytona road course for the last two years.

Still, it’s worth noting who the defending pole-winners are:

DPi (now GTP) – Wayne Taylor Racing Acura
LMP2 – PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports
LMP3 – Andretti Autosport
GTD Pro – TR3 Racing (Lamborghini) – not present this year
GTD – Winward Racing (Mercedes)

And it’s worth noting, too, that none of the polesitters went on to win their respective class.

The first two days of practice at The Roar, which features a total of five practice sessions, will not be broadcast, although the VP SportsCar Challenge can be watched on both IMSA.TV and on Peacock. IMSA.TV will then broadcast qualifying live on Sunday afternoon at 1.20pm ET.

Practice for the Rolex 24 starts on Thursday, January 26th, with four further practice sessions – the last on Friday evening is for GTP class only – but none of these will be broadcast.

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As for the race beginning Saturday afternoon, live coverage is available on Peacock for the full 24-hour cycle, while NBC will provide 10mins build-up and then the first 50 minutes of the race, and then the final 1hr40mins and 20mins of post-race, while USA Network covers 13.5 hours of the race. For details, see below:

When is the Roar Before the 24?
Friday, January 20 – Sunday, January 22

When is qualifying for the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona?
Sunday, January 22 at 1.25pm ET

How can I watch qualifying for the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona?
IMSA TV, with coverage beginning at 1.20pm ET.

How can I watch the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona?
Peacock will broadcast all 24 hours
IMSA TV will broadcast all 24 hours
Saturday, 1.30-2.30pm – NBC
Saturday, 2.30-8.00pm – USA network
Saturday, 10.00-11.59pm – USA network
Sunday, 6.00am-12.00pm – USA network
Sunday, 12.00-2.00pm – NBC

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?

What’s the average 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.

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IMSA at Daytona schedule

all times in ET

The Roar Before the 24
Friday, Jan. 20
8.45-9.15am VP Racing SportsCar Challenge practice 1
9.30-10.45am Michelin Pilot Challenge practice 1
11.00am-12.30pm IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice 1
1.45-2.15pm VP Racing SportsCar Challenge practice 2
2.30-4.00pm Michelin Pilot Challenge practice 2
4.15-6.00pm IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice 2
Saturday, Jan. 21
8.40-9.15am VP Racing SportsCar Challenge qualifying
9.30-11.00am Michelin Pilot Challenge practice 3
11.15am-12.45pm IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice 3
2.05-2.50pm VP Racing SportsCar Challenge RACE 1
3.10-4.10pm IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice 4
4.30-5.30pm Michelin Pilot Challenge practice 4
6.30-8.30pm IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice 5
Sunday, Jan. 22
10.15-11.15am Michelin Pilot Challenge practice 1
12.20-1.05pm VP Racing SportsCar Challenge RACE 2
1.25-3.00pm IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship qualifying

 

Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona
Wednesday, Jan. 25
1.45-2.30pm Mazda MX-5 Cup practice 1
2.45-3.45pm Michelin Pilot Challenge practice 1
Thursday, Jan. 26
9.00-9.30am Mazda MX-5 Cup practice 2
9.45-10.45am Michelin Pilot Challenge practice 2
11.05am-12.35pm IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice 1
12.55-1.10pm Mazda MX-5 Cup qualifying
2.25-3.00pm Michelin Pilot Challenge qualifying
3.20-5.05pm IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice 2
5.30-6.15pm Mazda MX-5 Cup RACE 1
7.15-9.00pm IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice 3
Friday, Jan. 27
9.25-9.55am Michelin Pilot Challenge practice 3
10.15-11.00am Mazda MX-5 Cup RACE 2
11.20pm-12.20pm IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice 4
1.45-5.45pm Michelin Pilot BMW M Endurance Challenge at Daytona RACE
6.25-6.45pm IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice 4 (GTP class only)
Saturday, Jan. 28
1.40pm IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona RACE starts
Sunday, Jan. 29
1.40pm IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona RACE finishes

 

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