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2018 FOX Sports TV Schedule Released

FOX to carry live coverage of Rolex 24 at Daytona, Long Beach races…

IMSA in conjunction with its broadcast partner FOX Sports, has revealed the complete television schedule for next year’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.

The season begins with the drop of the green flag at the 56th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona on Sat., Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. EST. The first three hours of the race will air live on FOX. A total of 14.5 hours will air live with those hours broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2.

The Rolex 24 also marks the start of coverage throughout the season on the FOX Sports Go app. The live streaming app offers coverage of all 12 WeatherTech Championship races in 2018.

FSGO will simulcast all FOX Sports telecasts in their entirety and will have 12 1/2 hours of exclusive coverage during the year.

“IMSA and FOX Sports have developed a robust schedule for the 2018 WeatherTech Championship broadcasts,” IMSA vice president, marketing David Pettit said. “FOX Sports does an incredible job delivering all the drama, stories and excitement of the IMSA season and we know they will continue to do so in 2018.

“This partnership keeps our same presence on FOX as we did in 2017, continues to feature a small number of channel changes during our Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup events and utilizes FOX Sports GO throughout the season.

“The combination of FS1 and FS2, with the ability to watch anywhere on FSGO, provides our fans and partners a terrific viewing platform. It’s a package that will capture the essence and drama of race weekends all season long.”

Besides the first three hours of the Rolex 24, FOX will televise the BUBBA burger SportsCar Grand Prix at Long Beach on Sat., April 14.

FS1 will feature 26.5 hours of WeatherTech Championship action throughout the year including six half-hour live blocks from the Rolex 24 and the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen. FS1 will also telecast complete events at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Road America and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

FS2 will carry 33 hours of live coverage including full coverage of races at Mid-Ohio, Detroit and Lime Rock Park.

Nine of 12 events will have FOX Sports GO streaming with authentication for all FS1 cable subscribers. That includes all four Patrón Endurance Cup races: the Rolex 24, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on March 17, Six Hours of The Glen on July 1 and the Motul Petit Le Mans on Oct. 13.

2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Television / Streaming Schedule
(all times ET)

Jan. 27-28 – Rolex 24 At Daytona
FOX 2 – 5 p.m. Sat.
FS2 5 – 10 p.m.
FSGO 10 – 11 p.m.
FS1 11 p.m. – 1 a.m. Sun.
FSGO 1 a.m. – 8 a.m.
FS1 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
FSGO 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
FS1 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

March 17 – Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring
FS1 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
FS2 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
FSGO 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
FS2 3:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.

April 14 – BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach
FOX 4 – 6 p.m.

May 6 – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
FS2 1 – 4 p.m.

June 2 – Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix
FS2 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

July 1 – Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen
FS1 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

July 8 – Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
FS1 4 – 7 p.m.^

July 21 – Northeast Grand Prix
FS2 3 – 6 p.m.

Aug. 5 – Continental Tire Road Race Showcase
FS1 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Aug. 19 – Michelin GT Challenge at VIR
FS1 1 – 2 p.m.
FS2 2 – 4 p.m.

Sept. 9-  Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix
FS1 5 – 8 p.m.

Oct. 13 – Motul Petit Le Mans
FS1 10:30 – 12 p.m.
FS2 12 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

NOTE: Broadcast dates and times subject to change
FOX Sports GO with FS1 authentication
All broadcasts on FOX/FS1/FS2 are streamed on FOX Sports Go
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21 Comments

21 Comments

  1. daedalus

    December 19, 2017 at 11:56 am

    I take it their will be free online streaming of all races on imsa.tv for overseas viewers like last year?

    • learngrammar

      December 19, 2017 at 7:43 pm

      THERE might me……………

  2. N8

    December 19, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    What world are these people living in where this an acceptable distribution deal for the domestic audience? For the 3rd consecutive year, a shit broadcast and a half-baked streaming platform exclusively for premium cable subscribers. It’s just not good enough in this day and age.

    The question is, are they putting a pay wall up on the international stream, or should I go ahead and renew my annual VPN subscription?

    • Change it up

      December 20, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      I watched every race via the fox sports go app. It worked 100% of the time, not sure what you mean by half-baked streaming platform. They even show all of the WEC races and for the 24 hours of Le mans there were no commercials, it was amazing.

      • Ron

        December 21, 2017 at 7:39 am

        What I think he means is that not everyone has a cable provider. I don’t! So I have missed parts of Sebring and Daytona because of this. A few years ago when all of the races were streamed live on IMSA TV it was great and I watched every second of every race. Now I can watch the in-car stream and have radio lemans on and miss the live race.

  3. Overtake24

    December 19, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    So is this a new contract with Fox? Because I thought 2017 was the final year of the current contract.

    • JEZ

      December 19, 2017 at 1:18 pm

      2018 is the last year of the 5 year contract signed in 2013. Will be interesting to see what 2019 brings….

      • Parker

        December 20, 2017 at 10:37 am

        Netflix would be an interesting option. There are more Netflix subscribers (growing) than cable subscribers (declining) in the US. You wouldn’t have to worry about changing channels during endurance races or commercials. Netflix is built into televisions or you could use their app on an Apple TV or other device. Netflix has a large install base on tablets and iPhones as well.

        • BCJM76

          December 20, 2017 at 7:42 pm

          I always thought streaming races live on YouTube would be a great way to grow the sport.

          I’m hoping IndyCar does this when their contract with NBC ends.

          It’s a changing world. More and more people are ditching conventional tv for streaming and on demand services.

          • Taylor

            December 21, 2017 at 8:58 am

            Amazon Prime would be another one to consider. Suppose that they streamed the races in 4K which is something that no network is doing right now. You would think that the sports car demographic (wealthier & early adopters of technology) would gravitate towards this.

  4. Kmart

    December 19, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    (Not to be negative) NASCAR Will always have the Premier television schedule. IMSA Is just an afterthought.

    • Larry

      December 19, 2017 at 7:46 pm

      Yeah, their staged…………..er………..ah………stage “racing” is so much better.

      WWE on wheels.

  5. Change it up

    December 19, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    Any info on capabilities of watching the roar before the 24? I know there is going to be a PC race, is that going to be streamable via IMSA?

    • Kyle

      December 19, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      The PC race is listed on the Roar broadcast schedule as IMSA.tv. I looked last week and they had the Sunday WeatherTech qualifying listed too, but it’s no longer there…I guess we’ll see closer to the new year.

  6. Mike S.

    December 19, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Look just stare at that matrix for Daytona. A person that never watched racing would say that is confusing. 8 changes. Can’t wait for contract to expire and can only hope there is a better answer. Don’t forget all dates and times subject to change footnote. How can I forget it is standard. Should say for endurance events.. “standby for several changes of time and channels during the event.” Youtube/IMSA with real commentators several days later for the shorter events is the only way to fly uninterrupted.

  7. Joe

    December 19, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Who cares. I watch all my races on the Roku app a couple of days later…free of the “excellent” Fox coverage.

  8. NaBUru38

    December 20, 2017 at 8:56 am

    I wonder what is FS2 airing during the 24h Daytona on Sunday 10:30 – 13:00, and during the 12h Sebring 1:30 – 3:30.

  9. Gene

    December 20, 2017 at 10:42 am

    That Rolex coverage is an embarrassment. Look at all those changes. Not to mention the ones that THEY WILL MAKE during the race itself.
    They make is so hard to be a fan….
    Or is that their intention?

    • Change it up

      December 20, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      I mean if you buy a Google Chromecast ($35 online (https://www.target.com/p/google-chromecast/-/A-50072152)) and you have a smartphone or laptop you can just cast the entire race via fox sports go through this device. What’s great is that when it’s not on TV there are zero commercials.

      • Joe

        December 20, 2017 at 11:23 pm

        Except that getting FoxSportsGo is up to your ISP, not you. I can get FS1 and FS2, but my TV/Internet provider won’t pay for FoxSportsGo, so I can’t watch the races. It is that kind of crap that got me to cut the cord.

  10. A

    December 20, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    People it needs to be free without the authentication for paying for cable. So the app does not work unless you type in your cable provider. Imsa needs to just charge on their website like WEC, but they then would lose their fox contract. I would hope that fox would make this available on their website for a fee, but they are not there yet.

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