2022 Rolex 24 at Daytona: Schedule, TV info, start times, entry lists, notable additions, more

Rolex 24 start schedule
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DAYTONA BEACH, Florida — Like the swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano, the sports cars have returned to Daytona International Speedway, and the Rolex 24 at Daytona schedule signals the unofficial start of the major-league 2022 U.S. racing season.

The 60th edition of the 24-hour race again will be a star-studded affair featuring many of the biggest names in motorsports driving some of the coolest cars across five sleek categories. The 61-car field will include Le Mans champions, Formula One veterans and winners of the Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 500.

Here’s what you need to know ahead of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season opener Jan. 29-30 at Daytona International Speedway:


The GTD Pro class essentially has replaced the GT Le Mans class for the 2022 season, creating a division exclusively for professional drivers and with much of the factory backing that once made GTLM so competitive.

There are 13 entries in GTD Pro with Corvette, Porsche, Lexus, Mercedes, Aston Martin, Ferrari and Lamborghini among the featured brands in the class that will run the same car specifications as the GTD category (which will retain a mix of professional and amateur drivers one each team).

A few GTD teams — Vasser Sullivan and Pfaff Motorsports — have moved at least one entry into the GTD Pro category, which also will feature a swath of big-name drivers.

Felipe Nasr will spend the 2022 season in the Pfaff Motorsports Porsche before moving to the new LMDh class with Team Penske in 2022. Tristan Nunez has taken Nasr’s spot as the teammate to Pipo Derani in the No. 31 Cadillac that won the 2021 DPi championship for Action Express.

Other moves in the top prototype division:

–Chip Ganassi Racing has added a second full-time Cadillac for 2022 and hired winning IndyCar and IMSA veteran Sebastien Bourdais to its lineup along with former GTLM Porsche champion Earl Bamber.

–The three-time defending Rolex 24 champion Wayne Taylor Racing will return three of the winning drivers last year at Daytona in the No. 10 Acura: Filipe Albuquerque, Ricky Taylor and 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi. Will Stevens will replace Helio Castroneves, who has moved over to the No. 60 Acura of Meyer Shank Racing (also his new full-time IndyCar ride for 2022).

–Simon Pagenaud also will join with Castroneves, former Mazda Motorsports winner Oliver Jarvis and Tom Blomqvist on MSR’s No. 60.


The Rolex 24 will feature 12 drivers from the NTT IndyCar Series, including rising stars Colton Herta and Pato O’Ward teaming on an LMP2 entry for DragonSpeed that also will include IndyCar rookie Devlin DeFrancesco. Rinus VeeKay, the 2020 IndyCar rookie of the year, will be in the LMP2 class for the second consecutive year.

Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, Jimmie Johnson, who is moving to a full-time IndyCar schedule this year, will be making his second consecutive Rolex 24 start in the No. 48 Ally Cadillac with Action Express.

Defending IndyCar champion Alex Palou will be racing the Rolex 24 with teammates Scott Dixon and Marcus Ericsson across Chip Ganassi Racing’s two Cadillacs in the DPi class.

Indy 500 winners and Meyer Shank Racing teammates Helio Castroneves and Simon Pageanud will be teamed on MSR’s No. 60 Acura in the Rolex 24. Alexander Rossi will return on the No. 10 Acura with Wayne Taylor Racing after joining the team’s overall victory in 2021.

A.J. Foyt Racing rookie Kyle Kirkwood also will be racing the Rolex 24 for Vasser Sullivan in GTD Pro.

NASCAR Xfinity Series champion and Cup Series rookie Austin Cindric will be racing a Mercedes in the GTD Pro class.


The Rolex 24 field will be the largest in eight years at Daytona International Speedway.

The Roar before the Rolex 24 testing and qualifying race weekend drew an entry list of 61 cars. That would mark the largest car count since 67 cars finished the Rolex 24.

Click here for the 2022 Rolex 24 entry list.


The Rolex 24 at Daytona will be streamed across the NBC Sports AppNBCSports.com and Peacock, which will have coverage of the event from flag to flag.

HOW TO WATCH IMSA ON NBC SPORTS: Broadcast schedule for 2022

Broadcast coverage of the race coverage will begin Jan. 29 at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBC and move to Peacock at 2:30 p.m. USA Network will pick up coverage from 4-7 p.m. and then Peacock again from 7-10 pm. Coverage will return to USA Network from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. and then move to Peacock until 6 a.m.

From 6 a.m. until noon on Jan. 30, Rolex 24 coverage will be available on USA.

The Jan. 30 conclusion of the Rolex 24 will run from noon through 2 p.m. on NBC.

Other events that will be streamed on Peacock from Daytona during January (all times ET):

Jan. 22: IMSA Prototype Challenge, noon

Jan. 23: Roar Before the Rolex 24, 2 p.m.

Jan. 28: BMW Endurance Michelin Pilot Challenge, 1:35 p.m.


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Here’s a rundown of everything happening at Daytona International Speedway over the last two weeks in January, starting with the Roar test session. Rolex 24 start times and full schedule:

Wednesday, Jan. 19

4 p.m.: Garages open

4 p.m.: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship haulers load-in (park only)

6:30 p.m.: Garages close

Thursday, Jan. 20

7 a.m.: Garages, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship haulers open

8:30 a.m.: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship safety inspection

10 a.m.: Rolex 24 Media Day

2 p.m.: Michelin Pilot Challenge driver briefing

3 p.m.: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship team briefing

5:15 p.m.: Track walk

7:30 p.m.: Garages close

Friday, Jan. 21

7 a.m.: Garages open

8:45-9:30 a.m.: Prototype Challenge practice

9:45-11 a.m.: Michelin Pilot Challenge practice

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice

1:45-2:30 p.m.: Prototype Challenge practice

2:45-4 p.m.: Michelin Pilot Challenge practice

4:15-6 p.m.: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice (GTD/LMP3/LMP2 4:15-5:45; 4:30-6: GTD Pro, DPi)

6:15 p.m.: Prototype Challenge qualifying

8 p.m.: Garages close

Saturday, Jan. 22

7 a.m.: Garages open

8:45-9:45 a.m.: Michelin Pilot Challenge practice

10-11 a.m.: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice

12:05-3:05 p.m.: Prototype Challenge at Daytona race (streaming on Peacock)

3:25-4:30 p.m.: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship qualifying

4:50-5:50 p.m.: Michelin Pilot Challenge practice

7-9 p.m.: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice

10 p.m.: Garages close

Sunday, Jan. 23

7 a.m.: Garages open

8:30 a.m.: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship driver and team manager briefing

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

10:35-11:50 a.m.: Michelin Pilot Challenge practice

2:05-3:45 p.m.: Motul Pole Award 100 (Rolex 24 at Daytona qualifying race, all classes, two drivers, 100 minutes; streaming on Peacock)

7 p.m.: Garages close

Wednesday, Jan. 26

6 a.m.: Garages open

8-11 a.m.: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship safety inspection

8:30 a.m.: Mazda MX-5 load-in

9:45-11:15 a.m.: Track walk

10 a.m.-noon: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship car photos

11 a.m.: Michelin Pilot Challenge team manager briefing

11:30 a.m.: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship team manager briefing

1:45-2:45 p.m.: Michelin Pilot Challenge practice

3-3:30 p.m.: Mazda MX-5 practice

3:45 p.m.: Track walk

6:45 p.m.: Garages close

Thursday, Jan. 27

7 a.m.: Garages open

9-9:30 a.m.: Mazda MX-5 practice

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

11:05 a.m.-12:35 p.m.: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice

12:55-1:25 p.m.: Mazda MX-5 qualifying

2:25-3 p.m.: Michelin Pilot Challenge qualifying

3:20-5:05 p.m.: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice (3:20-4:50: GTD, LMP3, LMP2; 3:35-5:05: GTD Pro, DPi)

5:30-6:15 p.m.: Mazda MX-5, Race 1

7:15-9 p.m.: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice

10:15 p.m.: Garages close

Friday, Jan. 28

7 a.m.: Garages open

9:25-9:55 a.m.: Michelin Pilot Challenge practice

10:15-11 a.m.: Mazda MX-5, Race 2

11:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m.: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice

1:35-5:35 p.m.: BMW M Endurance Challenge at Daytona (Michelin Pilot Challenge; streaming on Peacock)

8:45 p.m.: Garages close

Saturday, Jan. 29

6:30 a.m.: Garages open

7-8:45 a.m.: DIS Daytona 5K

9:45 a.m.: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship driver and team manager briefing

11:50 a.m.-12:10 p.m.: Rolex 24 grid assembled in reverse order: GTD, GTD Pro, LMP3, LMP2, DPi

12:30-12:40 p.m.: Rolex 24 engine warmup

1:15 p.m.: Rolex 24 prerace

1:30-1:40 p.m.: Rolex 24 formation laps

1:40 p.m.: The 60th Rolex 24 at Daytona (starting on NBC; also streaming on Peacock)

Sunday, Jan. 30

1:40 p.m.: Finish of the 60th Rolex 24 at Daytona

7:30 p.m.: Garages close

Hunter Lawrence defends Haiden Deegan after controversial block pass at Detroit


Media and fan attention focused on a controversial run-in between Haiden Deegan and his Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing teammate Jordon Smith during Round 10 of the Monster Energy Supercross race at Detroit, after which the 250 East points’ Hunter Lawrence defends the young rider in the postrace news conference.

Deegan took the early lead in Heat 1 of the round, but the mood swiftly changed when he became embroiled in a spirited battle with teammate Smith.

On Lap 3, Smith caught Deegan with a fast pass through the whoops. Smith briefly held the lead heading into a bowl turn but Deegan had the inside line and threw a block pass. In the next few turns, the action heated up until Smith eventually ran into the back of Deegan’s Yamaha and crashed.

One of the highlights of the battle seemed to include a moment when Deegan waited on Smith in order to throw a second block pass, adding fuel to the controversy.

After his initial crash, Smith fell to seventh on the next lap. He would crash twice more during the event, ultimately finishing four laps off the pace in 20th.

The topic was inevitably part of the postrace news conference.

“It was good racing; it was fun,” Deegan said at about the 27-minute mark in the video above. “I just had some fun doing it.”

Smith had more trouble in the Last Chance Qualifier. He stalled his bike in heavy traffic, worked his way into a battle for fourth with the checkers in sight, but crashed a few yards shy of the finish line and was credited with seventh. Smith earned zero points and fell to sixth in the standings.

Lawrence defends Deegan
Jordon Smith failed to make the Detroit Supercross Main and fell to sixth in the points. – Feld Motor Sports

“I think he’s like fifth in points,” Deegan said. “He’s a little out of it. Beside that it was good, I don’t know. I wasn’t really paying attention.”

Deegan jokingly deflected an earlier question with the response that he wasn’t paying attention during the incident.

“He’s my teammate, but he’s a veteran, he’s been in this sport for a while,” Deegan said. “I was up there just battling. I want to win as much as everybody else. It doesn’t matter if it’s a heat race or a main; I just want to win. I was just trying to push that.”

As Deegan and Smith battled, Jeremy Martin took the lead. Deegan finished second in the heat and backed up his performance with a solid third-place showing in the main, which was his second podium finish in a short six-race career. Deegan’s first podium was earned at Daytona, just two rounds ago.

But as Deegan struggled to find something meaningful to say, unsurprisingly for a 17-year-old rider who was not scheduled to run the full 250 schedule this year, it was the championship leader Lawrence who came to his defense.

Lawrence defends Deegan
A block pass by Haiden Deegan led to a series of events that eventually led to Jordon Smith failing to make the Main. – Feld Motor Sports

“I just want to point something out, which kind of amazes me,” Lawrence said during the conference. “So many of the people on social media, where everyone puts their expertise in, are saying the racing back in the ’80s, the early 90s, when me were men. They’re always talking about how gnarly it was and then anytime a block pass or something happens now, everyone cries about it.

“That’s just a little bit interesting. Pick one. You want the gnarly block passes from 10 years ago and then you get it, everyone makes a big song and dance about it.”

Pressed further, Lawrence defended not only the pass but the decision-making process that gets employed lap after lap in a Supercross race.

“It’s easy to point the finger,” Lawrence said. “We’re out there making decisions in a split millisecond. People have all month to pay their phone bill and they still can’t do that on time.

“We’re making decisions at such a fast reaction [time with] adrenaline. … I’m not just saying it for me or Haiden. I speak for all the guys. No one is perfect and we’re under a microscope out there. The media is really quick to point a finger when someone makes a mistake.”

The media is required to hold athletes accountable for their actions. They are also required to tell the complete story.