IMSA WeatherTech 240 at The Glen Friday: How to watch, start times, schedule, entry list

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Start times, TV schedule: The IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship will hold its second race in six days Friday night at Watkins Glen International with the WeatherTech 240.

The 3.4-mile road course held its traditional six-hour annual race Sunday with the No. 55 Mazda capturing the overall victory.

All five classes in the series  — DPi, GTLM, GTD, LMP2 and LMP3 — will be in action Friday but only 31 of 40 cars will return from Sunday (the GTD divison’s points will count only toward the IMSA WeatherTech Sprint Cup).

Here are the start times, starting lineup, schedule and TV info for the IMSA WeatherTech 240 at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International (all times are ET):


IMSA WeatherTech 240 at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International start times, schedule, TV info

When: Friday, 6:10 p.m.

Race distance: Two hours, 40 minutes on the 11-turn, 3.4-mile road course

Forecast: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 70 degrees with a 54% chance of rain at the green flag.

Starting grid: Click here to see where everyone will start in the IMSA WeatherTech 240 at The Glen

Entry list: Click here to see the field for the IMSA WeatherTech 240 at The Glen


RACE BROADCAST IMSA WATKINS GLEN

TV:  6 p.m. ET, NBCSN, NBCSports.com, NBC Sports App and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold. Brian Till will be on play by play with analyst Calvin Fish. Dillon Welch is the pit reporter.

TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold Coverage: Flag to flag beginning at 6:10 p.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 Friday at 6 p.m. (XM392, Internet 992)


DAILY SCHEDULE IMSA WATKINS GLEN

Here’s a rundown of the IMSA Sahlen’s Six Hours at The Glen Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International:

Thursday, July 1

1:05-1:50 p.m.: Prototype Challenge practice

2:05-3:20 p.m.: WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice

3:35-4:35 p.m.: Michelin Pilot Challenge practice

5:40-7:10 p.m.: WeatherTech SportsCar Championship qualifying

7:30-7:45 p.m.: Prototype Challenge qualifying

7:55-8:30 p.m.: Michelin Pilot Challenge qualifying

Friday, July 2

11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Prototype Challenge

2:35-4:35 p.m.: Sahlen’s 120 at The Glen

6:10-8:50 p.m.: IMSA WeatherTech 240 SportsCar Championship

AJ Foyt Racing promotes Benjamin Pedersen from Indy Lights to IndyCar for 2023 season

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Benjamin Pedersen is the first driver to land a promotion from Indy Lights into IndyCar for next season as AJ Foyt Racing confirmed Wednesday he’ll be part of its 2023 lineup.

Pedersen, a 23-year-old dual citizen of Denmark and the United States, spent last season running the full Indy Lights schedule for HMD Motorsports. Linus Lundqvist, his teammate, won the Lights title, and Pedersen finished fifth in the final standings. Pedersen earned his only win earlier this month when he led every lap from the pole at Portland.

Pedersen also ran four races for HMD in 2021 with back-to-back runner-up finishes in his debut. Pedersen landed on AJ Foyt Racing team president Larry Foyt’s radar through a “trusted colleague” and Pedersen spent most of last season shadowing the IndyCar team.

His promotion to IndyCar comes ahead of all four drivers who finished ahead of him in the Indy Lights standings, including champion Lundqvist.

“We are really looking forward to having Benjamin as part of the team,” Larry Foyt said. “His enthusiasm is infectious, and he is 100 percent committed to IndyCar, AJ Foyt Racing, and doing the best he can to win races.

“It’s been great to have him embedded with the team this past season, and everyone is excited to hit the ground running when testing begins. It is also great to have a multi-year program in place, which will help him and the team grow together.”

Foyt did not announce a car number for Pedersen. Kyle Kirkwood spent his rookie season driving AJ Foyt’s flagship No. 14 but Kirkwood is moving to Andretti Autosport. The team has not yet announced if Dalton Kellett will return for a fourth season, and a third car for Tatiana Calderon was pulled from competition after seven races because of sponsorship non-payment. Shutting down Calderon’s team removed the only semi-regular female driver from the IndyCar field.

Pedersen, however, was signed to an agreement Foyt said “spans multiple seasons as the team plans to develop the young rookie and is aligned to a longer-term plan for AJ Foyt Racing.”

Pedersen was born in Copenhagen but raised in Seattle and currently lives in Indianapolis. He said his time shadowing the IndyCar team has given him a jump on his rookie preparations.

“I’ve spent a lot of time this season with AJ Foyt Racing learning the ins and outs of making the jump to IndyCar and it’s been really nice to do that in conjunction with my Indy Lights season,” Pedersen said. “IndyCar has been my target goal since I started open wheel racing in 2016. The racing, atmosphere, fans, events, tracks, etc. are all awesome.”