IMSA Sports Car Championship Laguna Seca: How to watch, start times, schedule, entry list

IMSA Laguna Seca start times
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IMSA Laguna Seca start times: After a street course and stops at two of the country’s most famous racetracks, the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will race its first natural terrain track of 2022 this Sunday at Laguna Seca Raceway (3 p.m. ET, NBC).

This will mark the first time in six years that IMSA has raced in the spring at the 11-turn, 2.238-mile road course, and Acuras will enter as the overall favorite in DPi. Filipe Albuquerque and Ricky Taylor are the defending winners in Wayne Taylor Racing’s No. 10, and Team Penske Acuras won in the prior two seasons.

After Meyer Shank Racing opened the season with a Rolex 24 at Daytona victory in an Acura ARX-05, the Chip Ganassi Racing Cadilllacs have won the past two races at Sebring International Raceway and on the streets of Long Beach, California. The No. 02 DPi V.R of Earl Bamber and Alex Lynn leads the points standings by three points of the No. 5 JDC-Miller MotorSports of Tristan Vautier and Richard Westbrook.

In GTD Pro, the No. 3 Corvette of Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor overcame a rough start at Daytona to win at Sebring and take a 30-point leader over the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche of Mathieu Jaminet and Matt Campbell.

The LMP2 category also returns at Laguna Seca after missing the Long Beach round.

Here are the start times, starting lineup, schedule and TV info for the IMSA Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship at Laguna Seca (all times are ET):


IMSA Laguna Seca start times, schedule, TV info

When: Sunday, 3:10 p.m. ET

Race distance: Two hours, 40 minutes on the 11-turn, 2.238-mile road course

Forecast: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 57 degrees with a 3% chance of rain at the green flag.

Entry list: Click here to see the 32-car field over four divisions for the Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship at Laguna Seca.


RACE BROADCAST

TV: 3 p.m. ET, NBC, Peacock, the NBC Sports App,and NBCSports.com will have streaming coverage of the event from flag to flag. Dave Burns is the announcer with analyst Calvin Fish and pit reporters Parker Kligerman and Matt Yocum.

IMSA.com live qualifying stream: Saturday, April 30, 3:45 p.m. ET.

IMSA Radio: All sessions are live on IMSA.com and RadioLeMans.com; SiriusXM live race coverage will begin Sunday at 2:30 p.m. (XM 207, Internet/App 992).


DAILY SCHEDULE IMSA LAGUNA SECA

Here’s a rundown of the IMSA Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship at Laguna Seca (all times ET):

Friday, April 29

11:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m.: Porsche Carrera Cup, Practice 1

12:25-1:10 p.m.: Lamborghini Super Trofeo, Practice 1

1:25-2:25 p.m.: Michelin Pilot Challenge, Practice 1

3:25-3:55 p.m.: Porsche Carrera Cup, Practice 2

4:15-5 p.m.: Lamborghini Super Trofeo, Practice 2

5:20-6:20 p.m.: Michelin Pilot Challenge, Practice 2

6:40-7:10 p.m.: Porsche Carrera Cup, Qualifying

7:30-9 p.m.: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice

Saturday, April 30

11:00-11:15 a.m.: Lamborghini Super Trofeo, Qualifying 1

11:20-11:35 a.m.: Lamborghini Super Trofeo, Qualifying 2

11:55 a.m.-1:40 p.m.: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Practice 2

2-2:35 p.m.: Michelin Pilot Challenge, Qualifying

2:50-3:30 p.m.: Porsche Carrera Cup, Race 1 of 2

3:50-4:30 p.m.: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship qualifying

4:50-5:40 p.m.: Lamborhgini Super Trofeo, Race 1

7-9 p.m.: Michelin Pilot Challenge, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca 120

Sunday, May 1

11:00-11:20 a.m.: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship warmup

11:40 a.m.-12:20 p.m.: Porsche Carrera Cup, Race 2

12:40-1:30 p.m.: Lamborhgini Super Trofeo, Race 2

3:10-5:50 p.m.: Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship Presented by MOTUL

Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

Petit Le Mans lineup
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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

PETIT LE MANS STARTING GRID: Click here for the starting lineup l Lineup by car number

PETIT LE MANS: Info on how to watch

With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10-3 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 7 p.m. to USA Network. Peacock will have flag-to-flag coverage.


QUALIFYING

Results

Results by class

Fastest lap by driver

Fastest lap by driver after qualifying

Fastest lap by driver and class after qualifying

Fastest lap sequence in qualifying

Best sector times in qualifying

Time cards in qualifying

PRACTICE RESULTS: Session I l Session II l Session III