56th Rolex 24 at Daytona

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  1. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

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    Schedule-
    TV schedule-
    Qualifying and the support series races will be streamed on IMSA.tv.

    Entry list


    BMW Endurance Challenge entry list
     
  2. Reck

    Reck Team Owner

    Is it me, or does this race gets less and less air time on accessible channels?

    It's criminal how the one channel we can watch the race only gets like 2 hours.
     
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  3. Hotrod

    Hotrod Team Owner

    I think I can remember only 1 year that the full 24 hr was broadcasted.
    Probably on Speed. I loved it, but it must be a production nightmare plus the
    viewing numbers just don't support it.
     
  4. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    I think the time slots are bad. Late morning into the closing hours shouldn’t be exclusive to FSGo.

    If you have a way to get around the geoblock IMSA.tv streams the entire race commercial-free with the (superior) IMSA Radio commentary.
     
  5. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    Fox continues to turn it into a real cluster. It continues to get worse as it is getting harder and harder to find streams that broadcast the whole race.
     
  6. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    It's the last year of the FOX/IMSA contract and just last week FOX ditched the WEC and 24 Hour of Le Mans, so who knows. There may be an entirely new partner next year to clean things up.
     
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  7. jws926

    jws926 I need to think of something new for here

    I am happy to be honest, they have been phoning in the coverage and they barley aired any of the WEC races in 17 that I recall.

    To go with what you are talking about
    http://sportscar365.com/lemans/wec/fox-ends-24h-le-mans-coverage-after-21-year-run/
     
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  8. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    Didn't pay much attention to who was doing what, but the whole 24 hour sports car race from Dubai was streamed a week or so ago. Stream was super strong, coverage was just fine and it couldn't have cost an arm and a leg to broadcast it. Really pointed out how crappy a job Fox is doing to the premiere event of IMSA. A whole bunch of dumb greedy going on with that bunch IMO.
     
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  9. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    Stars, top teams deliver global interest, boost for IMSA’s Rolex 24

    http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2018/01/22/Events-and-Attractions/Rolex24.aspx
     
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  10. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

  11. Can't wait for this to get started. Best way to start the racing season.
     
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  12. Hotrod

    Hotrod Team Owner

    Well we are still going to Fl. this weekend for a mini vacation, but I am skipping the 24
    this year. Looks like the whole 95 corridor is forecasted to be wet Sunday. Still
    really excited to see this prototype battle. If any of you are interested in an IMSA
    pickem, this is a good (easy registration) one to play in starting this weekend.
    http://nasportscar.com/tusc-pick-em/
     
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  13. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

  14. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

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  15. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

  16. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    Isn't that photo usually taken with the cars arrange four wide? I guess three wide makes the field look bigger, but it's impossible to see the cars in the beyond about row 6.
     
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  17. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    Yeah I think it’s usually before pit entrance. :idunno:
     
  18. Pat

    Pat Team Owner

  19. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

  20. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

  21. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    Things in 1st practice that caught my untrained eye:

    #77 Mazda climbed to the top late in practice (1:37:428). The other Joest #55 only ran 15th.

    #90 Caddy finished 2nd after being 1st for most of the practice.

    #37 and #78 Jackie Chan cars finished 5th and 7th in their first time here.
    Penske Acuras #6 and #7 were 10th and 14th.

    One second separated the top 13 Prototypes.
    One second between the top 7 GTLMs.
    One between the top 14 GTDs.

    Fastest GTLM was over 6 seconds behind the fastest P. With 20 Ps in the field, it will take a lot of attrition for a GTLM overall victory.
     
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  22. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    National Weather Service shows a 60% chance of rain after 7:00 AM Sunday.
     
  23. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    Porsche-Audi-Ford top three in Conti qualifying. Not a whole lot out of the new Mercedes and BMW.
     
  24. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    The new BMW M8 seems like an absolute dog still - only two tenths up on the top GT3 cars and over two seconds behind the next car in GTLM. And that’s for the car that actually made it out of the garage.
     
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  25. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    And that holds for qualifying:

    Vette
    Ford
    Porsche
    Porsche
    Ford
    Vette
    Ferrari
    BMW
    BMW
     
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  26. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    #22 Patron Nissan in the tire wall in one of the horseshoes during Q. Car is rolling, but left front is not :(
     
  27. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    One hell of a qualifying session in Prototype!
     
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  28. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    #10 - van der Zande puts Wayne Taylor on the pole
    Castroneves puts the Penske #7 in second.
    #5 Albequerque puts the Caddy in third.

    One second separates the top 13.
     
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  29. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    And just over a half separate the top nine. And it really should’ve been more, with neither ESM being able to lay down a flying lap as well as one of the Mazdas.
     
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  30. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    Yeah, great Q. Top positions changed several times in the last couple of minutes. Good stuff.
     
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  31. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    BMW Endurance Challenge coming up at 1 on IMSA.tv. Should be a good one.
     
  32. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    They had 23 hours of race coverage last year across Fox, FS1 and FS2.

    This year, even some of the daytime coverage won't be shown on TV. Huge downgrade.
     
  33. Barbara Charles

    Barbara Charles Team Owner

    Seriously. Half the coverage seems to be at night. When people are asleep or something.
     
  34. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    Stupid question about minimum driver times: is the minimum time total time across all stints, or is it a minimum continuous time?

    Say the minimum is 45 minutes, like in the current Continental race, and say I only get 30 minutes in my first shift. Can will another 15 minutes meet the requirement, or must I start over and a 45-minute continuous drive?
     
  35. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    Total drive time. I don’t think there’s a minimum stint length.
     
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  36. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    They moved soccer or whatever was previously scheduled. The final 4+ hours will all be shown on FS1 now.

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  37. Doc Austin

    Doc Austin Team Extreme Flight

    Never had so many good cars to pick a winner from. I'll wait until daybreak and then pull for the best privateer.
     
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  38. Reck

    Reck Team Owner

    They felt the heat.

    If I remember correctly, last year they showed quals live on FS1. This year they didn't even bother to show it on tape delay.
     
  39. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

  40. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    They upload qualifying ASAP if you wanna check it out. Prototype was by far the best.

     
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