Start times finalized for Daytona Speedweeks, including Rolex 24 and Daytona 500


Today marks the first day of the Roar Before the Rolex 24 test weekend at Daytona International Speedway, and it won’t be long before the stars of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship will be back at DIS for their biggest event of the season.

Start times for the Rolex and all of the other major Daytona Speedweeks events – including the Daytona 500 and its preliminary events, a 200-mile ARCA race, NASCAR’s Sprint Unlimited exhibition, and races for the NASCAR XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series – have now been finalized.

Be sure to mark your calendars, whether they’re paper or electronic:

  • Rolex 24 at Daytona (IMSA – TUDOR Championship), Sat., Jan. 24, 2:10 p.m. ET
  • Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAV TV (ARCA), Sat., Feb. 14, 4:15 p.m. ET
  • The Sprint Unlimited (NASCAR – Sprint Cup exhibition), Sat., Feb. 14, 8:15 p.m. ET
  • Daytona 500 Qualifying presented by Kroger (NASCAR – Sprint Cup), Sun., Feb. 15, 1:30 p.m. ET
  • Budweiser Duel At Daytona (NASCAR – Sprint Cup), Thurs., Feb. 19, 7 p.m. ET
  • NextEra Energy Resources 250 (NASCAR – Truck Series), Fri., Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Alert Today Florida 300 (NASCAR – XFINITY Series), Sat., Feb. 21, 3:30 p.m. ET
  • Daytona 500 (NASCAR – Sprint Cup), Sun., Feb. 22, at 1 p.m. ET

Red Bull driver Verstappen wins Formula One’s Brazilian GP


Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won Formula One’s Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday for his eighth career victory in a race which ended disastrously for both Ferrari drivers.

Verstappen controlled nearly all the race at Interlagos, which saw a dramatic late collision between Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc when they fought for the fourth position. Both failed to finish.

Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly got his first F1 podium after finishing second ahead of six-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton. The Mercedes driver was third but faces an investigation after an incident that caused Red Bull’s Alexander Albon to spin.

Hamilton, who won at Interlagos in 2018, said Verstappen was “just quicker than us on the straights” and “there was nothing more we could do.”

Dutch driver Verstappen said “Lewis was very quick so I had to keep pushing… we had two good moves with him, and from there onward I could control the race.”

McLaren’s Carlos Sainz was fourth, and could be promoted to third if Hamilton is punished.

The Brazilian GP on Sunday was the penultimate race of the season, with only Abu Dhabi left on Dec.1.

Hamilton had already secured the season title in the previous race in the United States. His Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who did not finish the race, had also secured the runner-up spot.