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
^ Delayed Broadcast