IMSA sports cars at Long Beach: How to watch, start times, schedule, entry list

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IMSA Long Beach start times: The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will hold its shortest race of the season Saturday with a 100-minute sprint around the streets of Southern California in the Acura Grand Prix.

It’s the first IMSA race at the 11-turn, 1.968-mile street course in more than two years after the 2020 race was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be 26 cars featured over three divisions as the GTD class returns for the first time at Long Beach since 2017.

With two races remaining in the 2021 DPi season (which will conclude Nov. 13 with the Petit Le Mans), the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05 of Ricky Taylor and Filipe Albuquerque has a 98-point lead on the No. 31 Action Express Whelen Engineering Cadillac of Felipe Nasr and Pipo Derani.

The GT cars have three races left with the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GTE of Bill Auberlen and Robby Foley leading by 27 points on the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3R of Zach Robichon and Laurens Vanthoor.

Colin Braun, who races full time in LMP3, will making his first GT start since 2017 when he shares the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 with Daniel Mancinelli at Long Beach

Here are the start times, starting lineup, schedule and TV info for the IMSA Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach (all times are ET):


IMSA Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach start times, schedule, TV info

When: Saturday, 5:05 p.m. ET

Race distance: One hour, 40 minutes on the 11-turn, 1.968-mile street course

Forecast: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 77 degrees with a 0% chance of rain at the green flag.

Entry list: Click here to see the 26-car field over three divisions for the IMSA Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.


RACE BROADCAST IMSA LONG BEACH

TV:  5 p.m. ET, NBCSN.

TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold Coverage: Live flag to flag beginning at 5 p.m. ET. Leigh Diffey is the announcer with analysts Townsend Bell and Calvin Fish and pit reporters Kevin Lee and Marty Snider.

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

IMSA.com live qualifying stream: Friday, Sept. 24, 7:45 p.m. ET.

IMSA Radio: All sessions live on IMSA.com and RadioLeMans.com; SiriusXM live race coverage will begin Saturday at 5 p.m. (Sirius 216, XM 202, Internet 992).


DAILY SCHEDULE IMSA LONG BEACH

Here’s a rundown of the IMSA Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach(all times ET):

Friday, Sept. 24

Noon-12:20 p.m.: Historic Formula Atlanta Challenge practice

12:45-1:45 p.m.: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice

2:10-2:30 p.m.: Stadium Super Trucks practice

3:35-4 p.m.: Global Time Attack practice

4:20-5:35 p.m.: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice

6:15-6:45 p.m.: NTT IndyCar Series practice

7-7:20 p.m.: Historic Formula Atlanta Challenge qualifying

7:45-8:55 p.m.: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship qualifying

9:15-9:35 p.m.: Super Drift Challenge practice

9:45-11:15 p.m.: Formula D Super Drift Challenge, Race 1

Saturday, Sept. 25

Noon-12:45 p.m.: NTT IndyCar Series practice

1:05-1:35 p.m.: Stadium Super Trucks, Race 1

2:05-2:20 p.m.: Global Time Attack, Race 1

3:05-4:20 p.m.: NTT IndyCar Series qualifying

5:05-6:45 p.m.: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race

7:30-7:50 p.m.: Historic Formula Atlanta Challenge, Race 1

8:30-8:50 p.m.: Super Drift Challenge practice

9-10:30 p.m.:Formula D Super Drift Challenge, Race 2

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.