IMSA Twelve Hours of Sebring: How to watch, start times, schedule, TV, streaming info

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Instead of ushering in spring for the first time in its 68-year history, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring will be heralding the end of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship schedule Saturday.

The sports-car series will be concluding a 2020 season that started in late January and included an unexpected layoff of more than five months because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. That necessitated an overall of the schedule that eliminated all of the street course races and also moved Sebring from its traditional mid-March date to mid-November.

Next year, the Twelve Hours of Sebring will return to its traditional slot. But as the season finale Saturday, the prestigious race will determine two of the four series championships in 2020.

QUALIFYING RESULTS: Team Penske on pole position

In the Daytona Prototype international category (DPi), the No. 7 Acura Team Penske duo of Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor has won four of the past five races to take a two-point lead on the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac of Ryan Briscoe and Renger van der Zande.

In GT Daytona (GTD), the No. 86 Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Acura of Mario Farnbacher and Matt McMurry lead by seven points of the No. 16 Wright Motorsports Porsche of Patrick Long and Ryan Hardwick.

The 12-hour endurance race also will feature the usual complement of third drivers, several of whom hail from the NTT IndyCar Series.

Here are the details for IMSA Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring at Sebring International Raceway (all times are ET):


IMSA Twelve Hours of Sebring at Sebring International Raceway

WHEN: Saturday, 10:10 a.m.

TV:  10 a.m.-3 p.m., NBCSN, 3-6 p.m. NBC, 6-10:30 p.m., NBCSN. Play-by-play announcers Leigh Diffey and Kevin Lee; analysts Paul Tracy, Townsend Bell, Calvin Fish, AJ Allmendinger and Brian Till; pit reporters Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Parker Kligerman, James Hinchcliffe and Dillon Welch.

TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold Coverage: Flag to flag beginning at 10:05 a.m.

RACE STREAMING: NBC Sports App, NBCSports.com and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold

RADIO: IMSA Radio will have live radio coverage on IMSA.com and RadioLeMans.com, as well as SiriusXM

RACE DISTANCE: A 12-hour race on the 17-turn, 3.74-mile course in Sebring, Florida.

FORECAST: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 78 degrees with a 22% chance of rain at the green flag.

ENTRY LIST: Click here to see the field for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring


IMSA Twelve Hours of Sebring at Sebring International Raceway schedule

Thursday, Nov. 12

10:05-11:05 a.m. — WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Practice #1

2:35-3:50 p.m. — WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Practice #2

6:15-7:45 p.m. — WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Practice #3

Friday, Nov. 13

10:15 a.m.-11:20 a.m. — WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Qualifying

Saturday, Nov. 14

8-8:20 a.m. — Warmup for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

10:10 a.m.-10:10 p.m. — Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring at Sebring International Raceway

Jack Miller wins the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix as Fabio Quartararo stops his downward points’ slide

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Jack Miller ran away with the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi as Fabio Quartararo stopped his downward slide in the championship when a last-lap accident from his closest rival in the standings caused Francesco Bagnaia to score zero points.

Starting seventh, Miller quickly made his way forward. He was second at the end of two laps. One lap later, he grabbed the lead from Jorge Martin. Once in the lead, Miller posted three consecutive fastest laps and was never seriously challenged. It was Australian native Miller’s first race win of the season and his sixth podium finish.

The proximity to his home turf was not lost.

“I can ride a motorcycle sometimes,” Miller said in NBC Sports’ post-race coverage. “I felt amazing all weekend since I rolled out on the first practice. It feels so awesome to be racing on this side of the world.

“What an amazing day. It’s awesome; we have the home Grand Prix coming up shortly. Wedding coming up in a couple of weeks. I’m over the moon; can’t thank everyone enough.”

Miller beat Brad Binder to the line by 3.4 seconds with third-place Jorge Martin finishing about one second behind.

But the center of the storm was located just inside the top 10 as both Quartararo and Bagnaia started deep in the field.

Quartararo was on the outside of row three in ninth with Bagnaia one row behind in 12th. Neither rider moved up significantly, but the championship continued to be of primary importance as Bagnaia put in a patented late-race charge to settle onto Quartararo’s back tire, which would have allowed the championship leader to gain only a single point.

On the final lap, Bagnaia charged just a little too hard and crashed under heavy braking, throwing away the seven points he would have earned for a ninth-place finish.

The day was even more dramatic for the rider who entered the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix third in the standings. On the sighting lap, Aleix Espargaro had an alarm sound, so he peeled off into the pits, dropped his primary bike and jumped aboard the backup. Starting from pit lane, he trailed the field and was never able to climb into the points. An undisclosed electronic problem was the culprit.

For Quartararo, gaining eight points on the competition was more than a moral victory. This was a track on which he expected to run moderately, and he did, but the problems for his rivals gives him renewed focus with four rounds remaining.

Next week, the series heads to Thailand and then Miller’s home track of Phillip Island in Australia. They will close out the Pacific Rim portion of the schedule before heading to Spain for the finale in early November.

It would appear team orders are not in play among the Ducati riders. Last week’s winner Enea Bastianini made an aggressive early move on Bagnaia for position before the championship contender wrestled the spot back.

In his second race back following arm surgery, Marc Marquez won the pole. His last pole was more than 1,000 days ago on this same track in 2019, the last time the series competed at Motegi. Marquez slipped to fifth in the middle stages of the race, before regaining a position to finish just off the podium.

In Moto2 competition, Ai Ogura beat Augusto Fernandez to close the gap in that championship to two points. Fernandez holds the scant lead. Alonso Lopez rounded out the podium.

Both American riders, Cameron Beaubier and Joe Roberts finished just outside the top 10 in 11th and 12th respectively.