IMSA Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen Sunday: How to watch, start times, schedule, entry list

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Start times, TV schedule: The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will begin a two-week residency in upstate New York at Watkins Glen International, which will play host Sunday to the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.

The series will be staying at the historic 11-turn, 3.4-mile road course for a two-hour, 40-minute race July 2 that will replace the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park race that was canceled because of the pandemic.

There are 40 cars in the field for Sunday’s six-hour event that will include all five SportsCar Championship classes — DPi (seven entries), LMP2 (5), LMP3 (9), GTLM (5) and GTD (14).

The DPi division will include the return of the No. 48 Ally Cadillac from Action Express (with support from Hendrick Motorsports) that will make its third of four starts this season. Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson will be teamed with 2019 Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud and two-time Rolex 24 at Daytona winner Kamui Kobayashi.

QUALIFYING: Acuras sweep the front row at Watkins Glen

“I am looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of the No. 48 Ally Cadillac,” Johnson, who will be starting a six-hour race at The Glen for a second time, said in a release. “I was able to run the six-hour event at The Glen a few years back, so I am looking forward to the challenge and getting back competing in the IMSA Series with Action Express.

“There is no question we have a strong team and showed some really good speed in the previous two Endurance Cup races. Simon and Kamui continue to show why they’re world-class drivers, and it’s great to be back working with Chad (Knaus) and the crews from Action Express and Hendrick Motorsports. Watkins Glen is an incredible racetrack and we’re looking forward to getting the No. 48 Ally Cadillac up front and competing for the win.”

In the LMP3 division, IndyCar veteran Marco Andretti will be making his IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship debut, driving with his cousin, Jarett, and Oliver Askew.

Here are the start times, starting lineup, schedule and TV info for the IMSA Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International (all times are ET):


IMSA Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International start times, schedule, TV info

When: Sunday, 10:40 a.m.

Race distance: Six hours on the 11-turn, 3.4-mile road course

Forecast: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 75 degrees with a 24% chance of rain at the green flag.

Starting lineup: Click here to see the results of Saturday qualifying at Watkins Glen

Entry list: Click here to see the field for the IMSA Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen


RACE BROADCAST IMSA WATKINS GLEN

TV:  10:35 a.m. ET, NBCSports.com, NBC Sports App and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold; 7-10 p.m. ET (replay), NBCSN. Kevin Lee will be on play by play with analysts Calvin Fish and Townsend Bell. Parker Kligerman and Dillon Welch are the pit reporters.

TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold Coverage: Flag to flag beginning at 10:35 a.m.

Race streaming: NBC Sports App, NBCSports.com and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold

IMSA Radio: All sessions live on IMSA.com and RadioLeMans.com; SiriusXM live race coverage will begin Sunday at 10 a.m. (XM392, Internet 992)


DAILY SCHEDULE IMSA WATKINS GLEN

Here’s a rundown of the IMSA Chevrolet Sports Car Classic at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park in Detroit:

Friday, June 25

8-9 a.m.: Michelin Pilot Challenge practice

9:15-9:45 a.m.: Porsche Carrera Cup qualifying

10-10:15 a.m.: Lamborghini Super Trofeo qualifying

11:35 a.m.-12:35 p.m.: Michelin Pilot Challenge practice

1-1:45 p.m.: Porsce Carrera Cup Race 1

2:10-3 p.m.: Lamborghini Super Trofeo Race 1

3:25-4 p.m.: Michelin Pilot Challenge qualifying

4:20-5:20 p.m.: IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship practice

Saturday, June 26

8-9:15 a.m.: IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship practice

9:35-10:20 a.m.: Porsche Carrera Cup Race 2

10:40-11:30 a.m.: Lamborghini Super Trofeo Race 2

11:50 a.m.-1:20 p.m.: IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship qualifying

2:35-6:35 p.m.: Tioga Downs Casino Resort 240

Sunday, June 27

8-8:20 a.m.: IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship warmup

10:40 a.m.-4:40 p.m.: IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen

Max Verstappen could clinch second F1 title with victory in Singapore Grand Prix

Max Verstappen F1 Singapore
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While last year’s intense Formula One title battle went to the wire and captivated the world of sport, this year’s F1 championship long has seemed a procession for Max Verstappen that could end Sunday in the Singapore Grand Prix.

If the Red Bull driver wins, and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc crumbles, Verstappen will claim his second consecutive series title.

Verstappen leads Leclerc by 116 points with six races remaining in the 2022 season and will clinch the title if he scores 22 points more than Leclerc, his most realistic head-to-head challenger.

Verstappen, who turned 25 on Friday, must win to clinch a second world title, along with two other scenarios involving Leclerc. If Verstappen wins, Leclerc can finish no higher than ninth; if Verstappen wins and earns a bonus point for fastest lap, Leclerc can finish no higher than eighth.

“It’s quite a long shot,” Verstappen said. “I need a lot of luck for it to happen here, so I don’t really count on it.”

It is more realistic that Verstappen secures the title Oct. 9 at the Japanese GP.

“I think Suzuka will be my first proper opportunity to win the title,” the Dutchman said. “So I’m looking forward to Singapore right now, but I’m also very excited for next week.”

Still, there’ll be no tension in the air Sunday night at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, as in Abu Dhabi last year when Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton lost the title on the last lap to Verstappen. Hamilton missed out on a record eighth F1 title in a controversial finish following a chaotic late restart.

That fans won’t get to see any such drama this season is much to Hamilton’s regret.

“I feel for the fans . . . Last year, going right down to the wire, that was intense for everybody and so it’s never great when the season finishes early,” Hamilton said. “For you, as the one individual (winner) it’s great, but for the actual sport, (it) is not spectacular. Let’s hope for the future that it’s a bit better.”

Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez (125 points back), Mercedes driver George Russell (132 behind) and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. (152) are mathematical title challengers only.

Red Bull is unlikely to allow Perez an opportunity to beat Verstappen, though, and would deploy him to defend its star driver. Verstappen has won 11 of 16 races, including the past five, taking his career tally to 31.

“It’s been a really special season, and I’m enjoying it a lot,” he said. “But I (will) probably enjoy it more after the season, looking back at it.”

He’s also won from seven different grid positions – a single-season F1 record – including starting from 14th at the Belgian GP last month.

“It’s even good to watch when you’re in the car,” McLaren driver Lando Norris said. “Especially when he starts (far back) and still wins quite easily.”

Hamilton hasn’t been close enough to challenge Verstappen this year after so long in the spotlight.

Two of Hamilton’s came on the last day: in 2008 with an overtake on the last corner of the final race, and in 2014 when he beat then-Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in Abu Dhabi. Two years later, he lost the title in the last race to Rosberg.

Hamilton won the championship with three races left in 2015, and he won the 2020 title at the Turkish GP in a shortened season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

With seven titles, that put him even with fellow great Michael Schumacher, who won the 2002 championship with six races remaining. An outstanding campaign saw Schumacher place first or second in 16 of 17 races and third in Malaysia – a race won by his younger brother, Ralf.

Hamilton has a record 103 victories but none this season.

Mercedes has struggled with ground effects, where the floor generates aerodynamic grip – an issue known as porpoising or bouncing – that has been particularly difficult on street circuits like Monaco or Azerbaijan.

Singapore’s tight and sinewy 3.1-mile street course again could be challenging.

“We hope that the car works better here,” Hamilton said. “It really depends how bumpy it is, and the bumps often set the car off. Maybe the car will be fine. Maybe it won’t.”

He does think Mercedes has figured out how to maximize opportunities when they do come.

“We know where those limitations are; we just have to try and work around them,” he said. “I think we were very fortunate, we’re in a much better place I think. So I hope that we’re not far away (from a victory).”

Russell seems to have coped better, however, and leads sixth-place Hamilton by 35 points in the standings. He has seven podium finishes compared to six for Hamilton, who was fifth in the second practice after leading the opening session. The Ferraris of Sainz and Leclerc topped the second practice.

Williams driver Alex Albon returns to racing just three weeks after being hospitalized with appendicitis and then suffering subsequent respiratory failure.

Albon jumped back into the Williams FW44 for the first practice session on Friday in hot and humid evening conditions.

“It’s definitely audacious to come back for the toughest race of the season having only just recovered,” Russell said. “But it just goes to show the sort of grit and determination he has.”

Drivers lose around 5 kilos (11 pounds) in weight through dehydration during Sunday’s race.