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28 races from four different series to be televised on NBCSN

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – As fans get ready for IMSA’s 50th Anniversary season in 2019, they can start marking their calendars to watch their favorite IMSA Challenge and Single-Make series in 2019 as the sanctioning body, in conjunction with NBC, today announced the broadcast schedule for four series.

As part of the IMSA’s new agreement with the NBC Sports Group, 28 races from the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, IMSA Prototype Challenge, Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama and the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America will be shown on NBCSN throughout the season.

The IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge broadcasts will be two hours in length while the other three will be one-hour shows. One of the highlights of the schedule will be the broadcasts will be shown closer to the date of the race making it better for fans to relive all the action from these races.

“Our fans are passionate about these series and when we were looking for a new broadcast partner, we wanted to ensure they would be able to watch these races,” IMSA Vice President, Marketing David Pettit said. “The fact that these broadcasts will take place closer to the actual race date and that they are all on NBCSN is a win for all of our fans as they help us celebrate our 50th Anniversary season.”

The first of these 28 broadcasts will take place on Tuesday, January 15 when the IMSA Prototype Challenge race from Daytona International Speedway will be shown on NBCSN at 5 p.m. EST.

Here’s the full broadcast schedule for each of the four series:

 

INDYCAR: Patricio O’Ward turns heads in Carlin debut

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While the top story coming out of Sunday’s IndyCar Classic at Circuit of the Americas is undoubtedly 18-year-old Colton Herta’s victory in only his third IndyCar start, another teenager made quite some noise during the first IndyCar race at the facility.

19-year-old Patricio O’Ward made an impressive start to his 2019 IndyCar campaign by starting and finishing in eighth position. It was the first of his 13 races this season for Carlin Racing.

“I think it was a pretty good race for us. We ended exactly where we started and didn’t go backwards, so I’d say that was a successful day” O’Ward said. “I know the No. 31 Carlin Chevrolet had a top-five finish in it today and even though we couldn’t make it happen, it’s nice to know that we have the pace and can be fighting up front with the veteran drivers.”

O’Ward, the 2018 Indy Lights champ, made his series debut for Harding Steinbrenner Racing at last year’s season finale at Sonoma Raceway, where he made it to the Firestone Fast Six in qualifying and finished ninth. O’Ward was scheduled to race for the team full-time in 2019, but left in early February to pursue other options due to a lack of sponsorship.

Pato found a new home with Carlin, and despite missing preseason testing, he proved to be competitive from the get go and pressured some of IndyCar’s more tenured drivers, including Graham Rahal.

In what was undoubtedly the most daring move of the race, O’Ward ended a great battle with Rahal by hitting a superb outside pass on Lap 15.

O’Ward may have likely earned a better result on Sunday, if he didn’t have to save fuel in order to make the finish.

But with only two IndyCar starts to his credit, he is already racing like a seasoned veteran. Sunday’s IndyCar Classic may be the first of many successful outings for him this year.

After the race, he tweeted to his team: “Well done gentlemen … This is only the beginning.”

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