Schedule diversity, fan access make IMSA unique

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On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America on NBCSN, Bryan Sellers dropped into the studio to chat with Dale Jarrett, Krista Voda and Steve Letarte about the upcoming IMSA season, which will be covered on the NBC family of networks beginning January 26, 2019.

“(IMSA) is significantly different that NASCAR races obviously. We have a very short schedule – 11 races – but I feel like the kind of impact we deliver in those races is high,” Sellers said.

Sellers races for Paul Miller Racing in the No. 48 Lamborghini in the GT Daytona series with co-driver Madison Snow.

The IMSA calendar ranges from races occurring over durations as short as a couple of hours to the twice around the clock epic 24 Hours of Daytona.

“It is neat because you cover so many different types of racing,” Sellers said. “We do go at night; we do race in the rain. We race on street courses. … We go from these big high banks of Daytona which is a shock the first time you do it. … The we go into literally city streets and race in between the walls. That is actually some of the best racing that we get to do.”

One other thing different about IMSA is the access fans have to the drivers and crews.

“One of the coolest things about what we get to do at IMSA is we get massive interaction with our fans,” Sellers continued. “We do open grids at the beginning of every single weekend and also open autograph sessions.

“If you have a ticket before the race starts, I think for roughly an hour or hour-and-a-half pre every race, it opens. All the cars are lined up there. All the drivers are there and it’s full access to all of us.”

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IMSA’s 50th Anniversary Celebration: Why Sebring is so special to Bobby Rahal

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Bobby Rahal has driven in some of the biggest races in the world, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Rolex 24 Hours and, of course, winning the Indianapolis 500 as a driver in 1986 and in 2004 as a team owner.

But winning the 12 Hours of Sebring two years in a row (1987 and 1988), Rahal feels, is right up there in terms of his greatest accomplishments as a race car driver.

As IMSA celebrates its 50th anniversary, Rahal reflected on what racing at Sebring International Raceway has meant to him:

“To me, Sebring is the ultimate endurance race. Not as long as Daytona or Le Mans, but the demands put on a car and driver at Sebring are highly unusual.

“My father raced at Sebring in the late 60’s. To win that race two years in a row really meant something to me.

“While we’ve won a lot of other races, we’ve won just about everywhere, you name it. But for me personally, winning at Sebring those two years in a row was very special.”

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