TUSC: Injured driver Matteo Malucelli out of hospital after Rolex 24 crash

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Risi Competizione’s Matteo Malucelli has been released from a Daytona Beach, Florida hospital after his involvement in a harrowing crash with GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing’s Memo Gidley during Saturday’s opening hours of the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway.

According to a team release, Malucelli will be heading home to Italy. The release also has the team sending its best wishes to Gidley, who has undergone surgical procedures to his left arm and leg and will need another procedure done for a fracture in his back before he too is released from the Halifax Health Medical Center.

During the third hour of the race, Malucelli and his No. 62 Ferrari 458 Italia reportedly lost power coming out of the International Horseshoe turn in the infield section of Daytona’s road course. Gidley, driving the pole-sitting No. 99 Corvette DP, then slammed into him from behind in a violent crash that sent the Ferrari airborne and sprayed debris across the track.

The incident eventually brought out the red flag, and almost 90 minutes of racing were lost under the red and yellow caution flags before the green came back out to resume the event.

Before his release, team PR representative Fiona Miller tweeted this picture of Malucelli and his young son at the hospital. After his brutal accident with Gidley, it makes you very thankful that both men are now starting to recover and are still around for their families.

IMSA at Mid-Ohio Sunday: How to watch, schedules, TV, stream info

IMSA Mid-Ohio schedule
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The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship returns to a sprint as the circuit enters the stretch run of the 2020 season with a packed weekend schedule at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The Acura Sports Car Challenge will be a two-hour, 40-minute race around the 13-turn, 2.258-mile road course in Lexington, Ohio, for the DPi, GTLM and GTD classes.

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar teams will practice Friday and Saturday. Qualifying will take place at 8 a.m. Sunday before a 2 p.m. green flag (same-day delay 11 p.m. ET, NBCSN; streaming on NBC Sports App, NBCSports.com and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold) for the headlining race of a busy weekend.

There will be eight other races at Mid-Ohio across four series: the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, IMSA Prototype Challenge, Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama and the Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup.

The GTLM class of IMSA’s top series will be short two entries with Porsche pulling out because of positive COVID-19 tests at the 24 Hours of Le Mans last weekend.

This will mark the seventh race of the season. After Mid-Ohio, there are three events left for the premier DPi and four for the GT division, including two of the year’s longest (the 10-hour Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring season finale).

Here are the details for IMSA this weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (all times are ET):


IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Mid-Ohio

WHEN: Sunday, 2 p.m.

TV:  11 p.m. (same-day delay), NBCSN (streaming link); 2 p.m. NBC Sports App (streaming link) / TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold

STREAM: NBC Sports App, NBCSports.com and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold (live flag to flag starting at 2 p.m.)

RADIO: IMSA Radio will have live radio coverage throughout the weekend on IMSA.com and RadioLeMans.com, as well as SiriusXM

RACE DISTANCE: Two hours and 40 minutes around the 13-turn, 2.258-mile road course in Lexington, Ohio.

FORECAST: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 81 degrees with a 1% chance of rain at the green flag.

ENTRY LIST: Click here for which WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams are racing at Mid-Ohio


IMSA Mid-Ohio weekend schedule

Friday

6:10-7:10 p.m. — WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice

Saturday

10:55 a.m.-12:10 p.m. — WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice

Sunday

8-9:05 a.m. — WeatherTech SportsCar Championship qualifying

2 p.m. — WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Acura Sports Car Challenge