2021 Twelve Hours of Sebring: How to watch, start times, schedule, TV, streaming info

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Five months after the checkered flag on the last event, it’s already time for the 69th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring as the iconic race returns to TV on its traditional mid-March slot on the schedule.

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship held its 2020 season finale at Sebring in November after the season was put on pause for more than four months by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But things have begun to return to some degree of normalcy the past two weeks and drivers and teams rolled in for support races and preparations for the main event Saturday.

“It’s great to be back at this event,” Alexander Rossi, who will be driving for Wayne Taylor Racing’s No. 10 Acura, said during a Zoom news conference Wednesday afternoon from the track. “It’s kind of strange that we’re here five months removed from the last time we did it, but it’s always one of those fun events to be at just because of the atmosphere.

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“It’s great to see the amount of people that we already have here on a Wednesday. It kind of feels like 2019 in a way. Just fun to be here, and hopefully, we can go 2 for 2 with the 10 car.”

Rossi, the 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner, enters Sebring off a Rolex 24 at Daytona victory, the fourth in five years for Wayne Taylor Racing but its first after switching from Cadillac to Acura in the DPi division for the 2021 season.

The season opener at Daytona featured strong parity between all three manufacturers in DPi as Cadillac continued its history of running well in endurance races with a runner-up finish by the No. 48 Action Express/Hendrick Motorsports entry of Jimmie Johnson, Kamui Kobayashi and Simon Pagenaud.

The No. 55 Mazda finished third and will enter Sebring as the event’s most recent winner last fall as Harry Tincknell, Oliver Jarvis and Jonathan Bomarito try to give the automaker a proper sendoff from the DPi division this year.

Felipe Nasr led the opening practice Thursday morning at Sebring in the No. 31 of Action Express as Cadillac drivers posted four of the top five speeds.

Here are the details for the 69th running of the IMSA Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring at Sebring International Raceway (all times are ET):


2021 IMSA Twelve Hours of Sebring at Sebring International Raceway

When: Saturday, 10:10 a.m.

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 61 degrees with a 2% chance of rain at the green flag.

Entry list: Click here to see the field for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring


RACE BROADCAST

TV:  10 a.m.-noon, NBCSN; noon-7 p.m., NBCSports.com, NBC Sports App; 7-10:30 p.m., NBCSN.

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

Announcing team: Play-by-play announcers Leigh Diffey and Dave Burns; analysts Dale Earnhardt Jr., Townsend Bell, Calvin Fish; pit reporters Marty Snider, Brian Till, Kevin Lee.

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


DAILY SCHEDULE

Here’s a rundown of everything happening this weekend in the IMSA Twelve Hours of Sebring at Sebring International Raceway schedule:

Thursday, March 18

9:05-10:05 a.m. — WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Practice #1

1:55-2:55 p.m. — WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Practice #2

7:30-9 p.m. — WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Practice #3

Friday, March 19

11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. — WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Qualifying

Saturday, March 20

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

10:10 a.m.-10:10 p.m. — The 69th running of Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring at Sebring International Raceway


THURSDAY PRACTICE SPEEDS

Morning session: Fastest overall speeds l Speeds by class l Speeds by driver

Afternoon session: Fastest overall speeds l Speeds by class l Speeds by driver

Evening session: Fastest overall speeds l Speeds by class l Speeds by driver

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

2022 Extreme E Uruguay
Extreme E
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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.

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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.