2022 Twelve Hours of Sebring: Schedule, TV information, streaming, start times, more

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Sebring start times, TV schedule: After a three-year absence, Super Sebring will return as the World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race on consecutive days at Sebring International Raceway.

The 70th edition of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring will take place Saturday, March 19, preceded by the WEC opening its season March 18 with the 1,000 Miles of Sebring. The WEC made its Sebring debut in 2019, but the 2020 race was canceled because of the pandemic (which also precluded a return in 2021).

Several drivers will be hustling between the IMSA and WEC paddocks to race both series this weekend in what could be considered a preview of next year. With rules convergence bringing the Hypercars of WEC and the new LMDh cars of IMSA into the rebranded Grand Touring Prototype category, Sebring could feature head-to-head battles between the premier sports car series’ top prototype divisions in 2023.

For the last Twelve Hours of Sebring with DPi (which will be replaced by LMDh in 2023), there are 53 cars entered across five categories in the second race of the 2022 IMSA season.

STARTING GRID: Click here for how the 53 cars will line up Friday

Meyer Shank Racing’s Oliver Jarvis is seeking history as the Brit aims to become the first driver to win four consecutive IMSA Endurance Cup events. In his MSR debut, Jarvis was part of this year’s winning Rolex 24 entry on the heels of winning last year at Watkins Glen International and Michelin Road Atlanta with Mazda Motorsports.

The No. 5 Cadillac of JDC MotorSports is the defending winner of the Twelve Hours of Sebring. Loic Duval and Tristan Vautier return from last year’s entry with new co-driver Richard Westbrook as Sebastien Bourdais has moved to Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 01 Cadillac.

Here are the details for the 70th running of the IMSA Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring at Sebring International Raceway (all times are ET):


2022 IMSA Twelve Hours of Sebring at Sebring International Raceway

WHEN: Saturday, March 19, 10:10 a.m.

DISTANCE: A 12-hour race on the 17-turn, 3.74-mile course in Sebring, Florida.

TRACK MAP: Click here for the Sebring International Raceway layout

FORECAST: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 72 degrees with a 15% chance of rain at the green flag.

ENTRY LIST: Click here to see the field for the 2022 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring

QUALIFYING RESULTS: The starting grid after Friday’s session


RACE BROADCAST

TV: The Twelve Hours of Sebring will be streamed across the NBC Sports AppNBCSports.com and Peacock, which will have coverage of the event from flag to flag beginning at 10 a.m. on March 19. USA Network also will have coverage of the race from 3:30-10:30 p.m.

RADIO: All sessions live on IMSA.com and RadioLeMans.com; SiriusXM live race coverage begins March 19 at 9:45 a.m. (Sirius channel 216, XM 207, Web/App 992)


TWELVE HOURS OF SEBRING DAILY SCHEDULE, START TIMES

Here’s a rundown of everything happening at Sebring International Raceway (all times are ET):

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16

8:55-9:35 a.m. ET: Porsche Carrera Cup, Practice No. 1

9:50-10:50 a.m.: Michelin Pilot Challenge, Practice No. 1

11:05 a.m.-12:05 p.m.: FIA World Endurance Championship, Free Practice No. 1

12:20 p.m.-12:50 p.m.: Porsche Carrera Cup, Practice No. 2

1:05-2:05 p.m.: Michelin Pilot Challenge, Practice No. 2

3:05-3:35 p.m.: Porsche Carrera Cup, Qualifying

3:50-4:25 p.m.: Michelin Challenge, Qualifying

4:35-5:35 p.m.: FIA WEC, Free Practice No. 2

THURSDAY, MARCH 17

9:15-9:55 a.m.: Porsche Carrera Cup, Race No. 1

10:15-11:45 a.m.: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Practice No. 1

12:05-1:05 p.m.: FIA WEC, Free Practice No. 3

1:25-2:05 p.m.: Porsche Carrera Cup, Race No. 2

2:25-3:55 p.m.: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Practice No. 2

4:25-6:25 p.m.: Alan Jay Automotive Network MPC 120

7-7:30 p.m.: FIA WEC, Qualifying

7:45-9:15 p.m.: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Practice No. 3

FRIDAY, MARCH 18

8:55-9:10 a.m.: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Practice No. 4

9:20-10:25 a.m.: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Qualifying

Noon-8 p.m.: FIA WEC 1000 Miles of Sebring

SATURDAY, MARCH 19

10:10 a.m.: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, 70th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours Of Sebring

Jimmie Johnson won’t race full time in 2023; leaves open possibility of returning at Ganassi

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Though he remains uncertain of his plans for next year, Jimmie Johnson won’t race full time in 2023, scaling back his schedule after running a full 17-race NTT IndyCar Series season.

“This was a difficult choice for me, but in my heart, I know it’s the right one,” Johnson said in a statement Monday morning. “I’m not exactly sure what the next chapter holds, but if an opportunity comes along that makes sense, I will consider it. I still have a bucket list of racing events I would like to take part in. Competing at this level in IndyCar has been such a great experience.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better team to race for than Chip Ganassi and Chip Ganassi Racing. Everyone worked extremely hard for the last two seasons, pushing to get the best performances out of me every single week. The support from my crew and teammates Dario (Franchitti), Scott (Dixon), Tony (Kanaan), Marcus (Ericsson) and Alex (Palou) went above and beyond anything I could have ever asked for.”

WHAT’S NEXT FOR JIMMIE JOHNSON: An analysis of his racing options for the 2023 season

Driving the No. 48 Dallara-Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing, Johnson ranked 21st in the 2022 points standings with a career-best fifth place July 24 at Iowa Speedway.

After running only road and street courses for Ganassi in 2021, the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion added ovals this year. In his Indy 500 debut, he qualified 12th and finished 28th after a late crash.

“I do have a desire to go back (to IndyCar), it’s just at this point, I know what’s required to do a full schedule, and I don’t have that in me,” Johnson told AP. “I don’t have that passion that I need for myself to commit myself to a full season.”

That leaves open the concept of Johnson returning part time with Ganassi, perhaps exclusively on ovals.

“We are fully supportive of Jimmie,” team owner Chip Ganassi said in a statement. “He has been a valued member of our team and if we can find a way to continue working together, we would like to do so.”

During IndyCar’s season finale race weekend, Johnson told reporters Sept. 9 that he planned to explore his options with wife Chandra and daughters Evie and Lydia. Johnson told the Associated Press that his family is considering living abroad for a year or two, and he has toyed with the idea of running in the World Endurance Championship sports car series because of its international locales.

Johnson hasn’t ruled out IndyCar, IMSA sports cars or even a cameo in NASCAR next year. Since retiring from full-time NASCAR after the 2020 season, he has entered the endurance races of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the No. 48 Ally Cadillac (including Saturday’s Petit Le Mans season finale). Johnson also wants to race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and is a prime candidate for the Garage 56 entry (a joint project of NASCAR and Hendrick Motorsports).

Johnson told the AP he is interested in becoming the latest driver to try “The Double” and run both the Coca-Cola 600 and Indy 500 on the same day (the most recent was Kurt Busch in 2014).

“You know me and endurance sports, and ‘The Double’ sounds awesome,” Johnson, a four-time Coke 600 winner, told AP. “I’ve always had this respect for the guys who have done ‘The Double.’ I would say it is more of a respect thing than a bucket-list item, and I’d love to put some energy into that idea and see if I can pull it off.”

It is less likely that he would return to IMSA’s endurance events because its top prototype series is being overhauled, limiting the amount of inventory available for the new LMDh cars in the rebranded GTP division.

Johnson has confirmed that he would retain primary sponsor Carvana, which has backed him in IndyCar the past two years. He revealed his decision Monday during the last episode of “Reinventing the Wheel,” Carvana Racing’s eight-part docuseries about his 2023 season.

“I’m thankful for the partnership with a company like Carvana for allowing me to take this journey in IndyCar, for seeing the value in our partnership and being open to future opportunities together,” Johnson said. “They have truly showed me that there are no finish lines in life. Along with Carvana, The American Legion, Ally, cbdMD and Frank August were there every step of the way, and I couldn’t have done it without all of them. Most importantly — and the true rockstars in all of this –my family, Chani, Evie and Lydia. They have always allowed me to chase my dreams, and we are all just really excited about what the future holds for all of us. I have enjoyed every minute of these last two years.”

Said Carvana co-founder Ryan Keeton: “During the past two years, Jimmie Johnson has been so amazing to collaborate with. Our team admires his passion, hard work and commitment to continuous improvement while also having fun, and we look forward to continuing to support him next year in this new chapter.”