Mike Massaro, Dave Burns added to NASCAR on NBC broadcast lineup

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The NASCAR on NBC broadcast team continues to grow with the additions of Mike Massaro and Dave Burns, both confirmed Thursday by NBC Sports/NBCSN Executive Producer Sam Flood.

Each joins the team from ESPN, where they have been for several seasons. Massaro and Burns will handle pit road for both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR XFINITY Series telecasts, which begin next July 4-5 at Daytona International Speedway. They’ll also be a part of NASCAR AMERICA broadcasts on NBCSN.

“We’ve known Dave Burns for a long time, and are excited to welcome back his ability to make strong contributions,” Flood said in a release. “Dave was a member of NBC Sports’ Emmy Award-wining NASCAR broadcast team during our last partnership, and brings extensive knowledge and experience into his role.”

“Mike Massaro has developed into a talented reporter and host, with great relationships that have formed over the course of two decades in motorsports,” said Flood. “We’re happy to welcome him into NBC Sports and looking forward to his work on pit road and contributions to NASCAR AMERICA on NBCSN.”

For Burns, it’s an encore having been part of NBC’s past NASCAR package.

“I feel truly blessed to be back with the NBC Sports team, or more accurately: FAMILY,” said Burns. “NASCAR is such a cool sport to cover, and I enjoyed a great run of success with NBC from 2001-2006. I’ve developed great working relationships throughout NASCAR over the years and could not be more excited about the future.”

Added Massaro, “I’m extremely thankful to have experienced many amazing things over the last two decades, and this opportunity to join NBC’s NASCAR coverage is the validation of a dream. NBC’s dedication to storytelling is something that I value and look forward to advancing as part of the next generation of NASCAR coverage.”

Massaro and Burns join the previously announced pit reporters Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast; other talent includes Krista Voda, announced last week, and the booth team of Rick Allen, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte. That rounds out the lineup.

A full release can be found on the NBC Sports Group Press Box website.

IMSA race at Daytona: How to watch, start times, schedule, TV info, more

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IMSA start times: For the first time in more than five months, Daytona International Speedway will have a sports car race as the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series returns to the same place it left off today (6 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

After being sidelined by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic since the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, the premier sports car circuit will wave the green again on its 2020 season today. But instead of the annual 24-hour endurance classic, Saturday’s WeatherTech 240 will be a “sprint race” around the 3.56-mile road course.

Here are the details for IMSA’s second race of the season at Daytona (all times are ET):


IMSA WeatherTech 240 at Daytona race information

TV: 6 p.m. NBCSN, NBC Sports App and TrackPass

RADIO: IMSA Radio will have live radio coverage throughout the weekend on IMSARadio.com, as well as Sirius Channel 216, XM 210, Internet 970

RACE DISTANCE: Two hours, 40 minutes around the 12-turn, 3.56-mile road course at Daytona International Speedway

FORECAST: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 88 degrees with a 51% chance of rain at the green flag.

ENTRY LIST: Click here to see the 26 cars entered in Saturday’s race.


IMSA weekend schedule: Friday, July 3

11 a.m. — WeatherTech Championship Transporter Load-In

1 p.m. — Garages open; pit lane equipment setup

6:15-7:15 p.m. — First practice WeatherTech Championship (all classes)

9:30 p.m. — Garages close

IMSA weekend schedule: Saturday, July 4

8 a.m. — Garages open

8:45 a.m. — Fuel rig inspection

10:15 a,m — 11:30 am — Practice (restricted by classes: 10:15-10:45 a.m., GTD Silver/Bronze; 10:30-11:30 a.m., DPi/GTLM; 10:45-11:15, GTD all drivers)

1:55 p.m. — GTD qualifying

2:20 p.m. — GTLM qualifying

2:45 p.m. — DPi qualifying

6 p.m. — Formation laps

6:10 p.m. — IMSA WeatherTech 240 at Daytona (2 hours, 40 minutes)

11:30 p.m. — Garages close