IMSA SportsCar Weekend at Road America: How to watch, start times, schedule, entry list

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Start times, TV schedule: The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will return this weekend at Road America with 35 cars entered across its five divisions.

After a GT race weekend at Lime Rock Park, the top prototype divisions will return to the track for the first time in a month with DPi, LMP2 and LMP3 in action on the circuit’s longest track (4.048 miles). The next race with all five divisions will be the Motul Petit Le Mans season finale on Nov. 13.

In DPi, Wayne Taylor Racing’s No. 10 Acura leads the championship standings with drivers Filipe Albuquerque and Ricky Taylor, who are 81 points ahead of the No. 55 Mazda Motorsports duo of Harry Tincknell and Oliver Jarvis.

In LMP2, No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA drivers Ben Keating and Mikkel Jensen havea  35-point lead on No. 11 WIN Autosport’s Steven Thomas and Tristan Nunez. Gar Robinson (No. 74 Riley Motorsports Ligier JS P320) leads by 96 points over Colin Braun and Jon Bennett (No. 54 CORE autosport Ligier) in LMP3. Ross Gunn and Roman De Angelis (No. 23 Heart of Racing Team Aston Martin Vantage GT3) rank first in GTD by 28 points over Bill Auberlen and Robby Foley (No. 96 Turner Motorsports BMW M6 GT3).

Here are the start times, starting lineup, schedule and TV info for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Weekend at Road America (all times are ET):


IMSA SportsCar Weekend at Road America start times, schedule, TV info

When: Sunday, 2:40 p.m. ET

Race distance: Two hours, 40 minutes on the 14-turn, 4.048-mile road course

Forecast: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 86 degrees with a 23% chance of rain at the green flag.

Entry list: Click here to see the field for the IMSA SportsCar Weekend at Road America


RACE BROADCAST IMSA ROAD AMERICA

TV:  8 p.m. ET (delay), NBCSN.

TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold Coverage: Live flag to flag beginning at 2:35 p.m. ET. Dave Burns is the announcer with analyst Calvin Fish and pit reporter Chris Wilner.

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

IMSA.com live qualifying stream: Saturday, 2:45 p.m. ET.

IMSA Radio: All sessions live on IMSA.com and RadioLeMans.com; SiriusXM live race coverage will begin Sunday at 2:30 p.m. (Sirius 216, XM 202, Internet 992).


DAILY SCHEDULE IMSA ROAD AMERICA

Here’s a rundown of the IMSA SportsCar Weekend at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin:

Thursday, Aug. 5

2-2:30 p.m.: Mazda MX-5 Cup practice

4:35-5:15 p.m.: Lamborghini Super Trofeo practice

5:30-6 p.m.:Mazda MX-5 Cup practice

Friday, Aug. 6

9-9:30 a.m.: Porsche Carrera Cup practice

9:45-10:45 a.m.: Michelin Pilot Challenge practice

11-11:20 a.m.:Mazda MX-5 Cup qualifying

12:20-12:50 p.m.: Porsche Carrera Cup practice

1:15-1:55 p.m.: Lamborghini Super Trofeo practice

2:10-3:10 p.m.: Michelin Pilot Challenge practice

3:25-4:10 p.m.: Mazda MX-5 Cup Race 1

4:30-5 p.m.: Porsche Carrera Cup qualifying

5:15-5:30 p.m.: Lamborghini Super Trofeo qualifying 1

5:35-5:50 p.m.: Lamborghini Super Trofeo qualifying 2

6:10-7:10 p.m.: WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice

Saturday, Aug. 7

9-9:35 a.m.: Michelin Pilot Challenge qualifying

9:55-11:10 a.m.: WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Mazda MX-5 Cup Race 2

12:35-1:20 p.m.: Porsche Carrera Cup Race 1

1:40-2:30 p.m.: Lamborghini Super Trofeo Race 1

2:50-4:20 p.m.: WeatherTech SportsCar Championship qualifying

5:35-7:35 p.m.: Michelin Pilot Challenge Road America 120

Sunday, Aug. 8

10-10:20 a.m.: WeatherTech SportsCar Championship warmup

10:45-11:30 a.m.: Porsche Carrera Cup Race 2

11:50 a.m.-12:40 p.m.: Lamborghini Super Trofeo Race 2

2:40-5:20 p.m.: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Weekend race

Justin Grant prevails over Kyle Larson in the Turkey Night Grand Prix

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On the heels of his Hangtown 100 victory, Justin Grant worked his way from 13th in the Turkey Night Grand Prix to beat three-time event winner Kyle Larson by 1.367 seconds. The 81st annual event was run at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway for the sixth time.

“My dad used to take me to Irwindale Speedway, and we’d watch Turkey Night there every year,” Grant said in a series press release. “This is one of the races I fell in love with. I didn’t think I’d ever get a chance to run in it, never thought I’d make a show and certainly never thought I’d be able to win one.”

With its genesis in 1934 at Gilmore Stadium, a quarter-mile dirt track in Los Angeles, the race is steeped in history with winners that include AJ Foyt, Parnelli Jones, Gary Bettenhausen and Johnnie Parsons. Tony Stewart won it in 2000. Kyle Larson won his first of three Turkey Night Grands Prix in 2012. Christopher Bell earned his first of three in 2014, so Grant’s enthusiasm was well deserved.

So was the skepticism that he would win. He failed to crack the top five in three previous attempts, although he came close last year with a sixth-place result. When he lined up for the feature 13th in the crowded 28-car field, winning seemed like a longshot.

Grant watched as serious challengers fell by the wayside. Mitchel Moles flipped on Lap 10 of the feature. Michael “Buddy” Kofoid took a tumble on Lap 68 and World of Outlaws Sprint car driver Carson Macedo flipped on Lap 79. Grant saw the carnage ahead of him and held a steady wheel as he passed Tanner Thorson for the lead with 15 laps remaining and stayed out of trouble for the remainder of the event.

“It’s a dream come true to win the Turkey Night Grand Prix,” Grant said.


Kyle Larson follows Justin Grant to the front on Turkey Night

The 2012, 2016 and 2019 winner, Larson was not scheduled to run the event. His wife Katelyn is expecting their third child shortly, but after a couple of glasses of wine with Thanksgiving dinner and while watching some replays of the event, Larson texted car owner Chad Boat to see if he had a spare car lying around. He did.

“We weren’t great but just hung around and it seemed like anybody who got to the lead crashed and collected some people,” Larson said. “We made some passes throughout; in the mid-portion, we weren’t very good but then we got better at the end.

“I just ran really, really hard there, and knew I was running out of time, so I had to go. I made some pretty crazy and dumb moves, but I got to second and was hoping we could get a caution to get racing with Justin there. He was sliding himself at both ends and thought that maybe we could get a run and just out-angle him into [Turn] 1 and get clear off [Turn] 2 if we got a caution, but it just didn’t work out.”

Larson padded one of the most impressive stats in the history of this race, however. In 10 starts, he’s won three times, finished second four times, was third once and fourth twice.

Bryant Wiedeman took the final spot on the podium.

As Grant and Larson began to pick their way through the field, Kofoid took the lead early from the outside of the front row and led the first 44 laps of the race before handing it over to Cannon McIntosh, who bicycled on Lap 71 before landing on all fours. While Macedo and Thorson tussled for the lead with McIntosh, Grant closed in.

Thorson finished 19th with McIntosh 20th. Macedo recovered from his incident to finish ninth. Kofoid’s hard tumble relegated him to 23rd.

Jake Andreotti in fourth and Kevin Thomas, Jr. rounded out the top five.

1. Justin Grant (started 13)
2. Kyle Larson (22)
3. Bryant Wiedeman (4)
4. Jake Andreotti (9)
5. Kevin Thomas Jr. (1)
6. Logan Seavey (8)
7. Alex Bright (27)
8. Emerson Axsom (24)
9. Carson Macedo (7)
10. Jason McDougal (18)
11. Jake Swanson (16)
12. Chase Johnson (6)
13. Jacob Denney (26)
14. Ryan Timms (23)
15. Chance Crum (28)
16. Brenham Crouch (17)
17. Jonathan Beason (19)
18. Cade Lewis (14)
19. Tanner Thorson (11)
20. Cannon McIntosh (3)
21. Thomas Meseraull (15)
22. Tyler Courtney (21)
23. Buddy Kofoid (2)
24. Brody Fuson (5)
25. Mitchel Moles (20)
26. Daniel Whitley (10)
27. Kaylee Bryson (12)
28. Spencer Bayston (25)