WATCH LIVE: NBC’s coverage of the Petit Le Mans

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Today marks the 12th and final round of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and with the off-season on the horizon, all teams and drivers will want to end the season on a high note.

There will be plenty of action to watch for in today’s 10-hour Motul Petit Le Mans, and the NBC family of networks will provide live coverage of every minute of racing action, beginning with the race start at 12 p.m. ET on NBC.

Leigh Diffey, A.J. Allmendinger, and Calvin Fish will call today’s on-track action from the booth, with Townsend Bell serving as an additional analyst during portions of the race where he is not competing as a member of the No. 12 AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus team in the GT Daytona class.

NBC’s coverage team will also include INDYCAR on NBC analyst Paul Tracy. NASCAR on NBC reporters Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast and Dillon Welch will join INDYCAR on NBC reporters Kevin Lee and Jon Beekhuis in providing commentary from pit road.

Here is today’s schedule:

(All times are Eastern)

Saturday 10/12, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET, NBC and streaming live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app

Saturday 10/12, 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app

Saturday 10/12, 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN and streaming live on NBC Sports.com and the NBC Sports app

 

For coverage on NBCSports.com be sure to have your cable/satellite provider’s username and password handy so your subscription can be verified.

Once you enter that information, you’ll have access to the stream.

X44 Racing win 2022 Extreme E championship as Abt Cupra score first race victory

2022 Extreme E Uruguay
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Abt Cupra Racing’s Nasser Al-Attiyah and Klara Andersson scored their first win in the Extreme E Energy X Prix in the 2022 finale in Uruguay as Lewis Hamilton’s X44 Vida Carbon Racing drivers Sebastien Loeb and Cristina Gutierrez survived a chaotic finale to edge the 2021 champion Rosberg X Prix team of Johan Kristoffersson and Mikhaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky, by two points.

“There are so many emotions,” Andersson said in Extreme E’s coverage. “I’ve been waiting for this for so long. In my second race, first full weekend to be at the top of the podium: it’s big.”

Andersson was behind the wheel at the finish.

Rosberg Racing entered the event with a 17-point advantage over X44, but the standings were close enough that four teams remained in contention in Round 5.

“It’s a crucial weekend for us,” Loeb said in Extreme E’s coverage prior to the race. “We are not in the best position to win the championship, but the only thing we can do is try to win the race and score as many points as possible.”

The top two title contenders each crashed in qualification and were relegated to the Crazy Race, Extreme E’s version of the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). For the moment, they had the steepest hill to climb, but then the other two championship contending teams, Chip Ganassi Racing and Acciona Sainz Racing failed to advance from their heats.

Only one team advances from the Crazy Race, so the X44 drivers were in a must-win situation to simply keep hope alive.

More: Extreme E 2023 schedule

Ahlin-Kottulinsky and Gutierrez ran wheel to wheel into the first turn at the start of the LCQ.

The Rosberg racer experienced crash damage in that turn that damaged her front steering, but managed to limp back to the pits at the end of her two-lap stint. The team attempted to fix the steering, but incurred a penalty for having too many mechanics in the pit area.

Meanwhile, Gutierrez took the early lead, but knew she would need to sit through a five-second penalty for an incident earlier in the weekend. The female half of the gender equal pair erased the penalty by entering the Switch Zone with a five-second lead before turning the car over to Loeb.

That was all the nine-time World Rally Championship titlist needed to give him the advantage needed to win the Crazy Race.

But the championship was not over yet. X44 Racing needed to finish third or better in the five-car finale to earn enough points for the title and after advancing from the LCQ, they were forced to take the worst grid position.

A chaotic start to the Finale saw Loeb run as high the lead and low as fourth after getting pushed off course during his first lap. And that is how he entered to Switch Zone.

On her first lap, Gutierrez slammed into Molly Taylor. With one lap remaining, X44 and Gutierrez were still in fourth and the title hope was quickly evaporating, but it was announced halfway through the lap that the third-running Andretti United team would suffer a penalty for a Switch Zone infraction. The seven-second deduction for Timmy Hansen braking too late in the zone made the difference in the title.

Coming off a disappointing Copper X Prix when Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour crossed under the checkers first, but were relegated to fifth by penalty, the McLaren pair scored their first podium of the season in second.