How to watch the Rolex 24 at Daytona and 2021 IMSA season on NBC Sports

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NBC Sports’ TV coverage schedule of the Rolex 24 and the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season will kick off today with the 59th annual Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway.

The sports car endurance classic that opens the season will begin at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 30 on NBC.

NASCAR on NBC’s Dale Earnhardt Jr. will join the booth as a lead analyst alongside play-by-play announcer Leigh Diffey and analyst Calvin Fish.

Also joining the broadcast are Dave Burns on play by play, analsysts Townsend Bell, Calvin Fish, Steve Letarte, Kyle Petty, J. Allmendinger, Brian Till and pit reporters Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Kevin Lee, Dillon Welch and Parker Kligerman.

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The Rolex 24 at Daytona will be shown flag to flag via TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold. It also will be streamed on the NBC Sports AppNBCSports.com and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.

Broadcast coverage of the race will begin at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 30 on NBC and then move to NBCSN from 4:30-8 p.m. ET. Coverage will move to the NBC Sports App from 8-11 p.m. ET and then back to NBCSN from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. ET on Jan. 31.

Coverage will move to the NBC Sports App from 3-6 a.m. ET and then to NBCSN from 6 a.m.-2 p.m. ET.

The Jan. 31 conclusion of the race will run from 2-4 p.m. ET on NBC.

Here is NBC Sports’ full 2021 IMSA broadcast schedule, including channels and times for the Rolex 24. All coverage will be streaming via NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app:

Date Event Network Time (ET)
Sun., Jan. 24 Roar Before the Rolex 24 At Daytona* NBCSN 4:30 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 30 Rolex 24 At Daytona NBC 3:30 p.m.
Rolex 24 At Daytona NBCSN 4:30 p.m.
Rolex 24 At Daytona NBCSN 11 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 31 Rolex 24 At Daytona NBCSN 6 a.m.
Rolex 24 At Daytona NBC 2 p.m.
Sat., March 20 12 Hours of Sebring NBCSN 7 p.m.
Sun., May 16 Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio NBCSN 2:30 p.m.
Sat., June 5 Detroit Grand Prix NBCSN 1 p.m.
Sun., June 27 Six Hours of the Glen NBCSN 7 p.m.
Sun., July 4 Sportscar Grand Prix NBCSN Noon
Sat., July 17 Northeast Grand Prix* NBCSN 5 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 8 IMSA Sportscar Weekend* NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 22 Michelin GT Challenge at VIR NBC 3 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 12 Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca NBCSN 4 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 25 Grand Prix of Long Beach NBCSN 5 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 9 Petit Le Mans NBC Noon
Petit Le Mans NBCSN 3 p.m.

*Same day-delay
Note: all coverage streams on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app

Live streaming coverage of all races throughout the 2021 season will be available exclusively on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.

Miguel Oliveira wins MotoGP Thai Grand Prix, Bagnaia closes to two points in championship

MotoGP Thai Grand Prix
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Miguel Oliveira mastered mixed conditions on the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand to win the MotoGP Thai Grand Prix. Oliveira showed the adaptability as he navigated a race that began in wet conditions and turned dry over the course of the race. Oliveira won the Indonesian GP in similar conditions.

“It was a long race, but I can’t complain,” Oliveira said on CNBC. “Every time we get to ride in the wet, I’m always super-fast. When it started raining, I had flashbacks of Indonesia. I tried to keep my feet on the ground, make a good start and not make mistakes and carry the bike to the end.”

All eyes were on the championship, however. Francesco Bagnaia got a great start to slot into second in Turn 1.

Meanwhile Fabio Quartararo had a disastrous first lap. He lost five positions in the first couple of turns and then rode over the rumble strips and fell back to 17th. At the end of the first lap, Bagnaia had the points’ lead by two. A win would have added to the gain and for a moment, it appeared Bagnaia might assume the lead.

Early leader Marco Bezzecchi was penalized for exceeding track limits, but before that happened, Jack Miller got around Bagnaia and pushed him back to third. Oliveira was not far behind.

After throwing away ninth-place and seven points on the last lap of the Japanese GP last week, Bagnaia did not allow the competition to press him into a mistake. He fell back as far as fourth before retaking the final position on the podium.

“It’s like a win for me, this podium,” Bagnaia. “My first podium in the wet and then there was a mix of conditions, so I’m very happy. I want to thank Jack Miller. Before the race, he gave me a motivational chat.”

Miller led the first half of the Thai Grand Prix before giving up the top spot to Oliveira and then held on to finish second. Coupled with his Japanese GP win, Miller is now fully in the MotoGP championship battle with a 40-point deficit, but he will need a string of results like Bagnaia has put together in recent weeks – and he needs Bagnaia to lose momentum.

Miller’s home Grand Prix in Australia is next up on the calendar in two weeks.

Bagnaia entered the race 18 points behind Quartararo after he failed to score any in Japan. The balance of power has rapidly shifted, however, with Quartararo now failing to earn points in two of the last three rounds. Bagnaia won four consecutive races and finished second in the five races leading up to Japan. His third-place finish in Thailand is now his sixth MotoGP podium in the last seven rounds.

Aleix Espargaro entered the race third in the standings with a 25-point deficit to Quartararo, but was able to close the gap by only five after getting hit with a long-lap penalty for aggressive riding when he pushed Darryn Binder off course during a pass for position. Espargaro finished 11th.

Rain mixed up the Moto2 running order in the MotoGP Thai Grand Prix as well. Starting on a wet track, Somkiat Chantra led the opening lap in his home Grand Prix. He could not hold onto it and crashed one circuit later, but still gave his countrymen a moment of pride by winning the pole.

Half points were awarded as the race went only eight laps before Tony Arbolino crossed under the checkers first with Filip Salac and Aron Canet rounding out the podium.

American Joe Roberts earned another top-10 in eighth with Sean Dylan Kelly finishing just outside the top 10 in 11th.