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Lewis Hamilton preps for Austin with “Ellen” appearance (VIDEO)

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Lewis Hamilton has run the gamut of non-race related notes and appearances this week, ahead of this week’s United States Grand Prix (Sunday, 2:30 p.m. ET, NBC).

On Tuesday, Hamilton confirmed his presence in the upcoming Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare video game.

But on Wednesday, Hamilton took a different line of promoting his latest trip to North America: appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show with Ellen DeGeneres.

Far from the usual discussion about setup, points standings and media conferences, Hamilton instead met Ellen to go over shirtless pics, basics of Formula 1 versus NASCAR, and explaining how much he works out and prepares for a weekend on site.

Such banter from the extended version below clip includes:

“It’s what we have to do,” said DeGeneres regarding the number of shirtless pics.

It keeps you in shape but you have to work for it. When I introduce (F1) in America… it’s very physical. It’s around two hours. We pull a lot of G’s,” said Hamilton about the physical exertion.

About the F1 versus NASCAR difference?

“So F1 cars can do over 200 mph. A bit like a NASCAR, but NASCAR as a road car, it doesn’t go round corners well. We can,” Hamilton said.

And about Hamilton’s current relationship status:

“I’m not with anyone,” he said. “I was in a long relationship, almost eight years. Now I’m solely focused on racing, trying to win this championship. I don’t have any plans at the moment.”

You can see the full clip, via Ellen TV, linked below.

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