IMSA SportsCar Championship at Mid-Ohio: How to watch, start times, schedule, entry list

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IMSA Mid-Ohio start times: The WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series will head to the Lexus Grand Prix with the results seeming relatively even across its four categories racing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Through four races of the 2022 season, the No. 16 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3R is the only repeat class winner (GTD). In DPi, Meyer Shank Racing, Wayne Taylor Racing and both of Chip Ganassi Racing’s entries have won overall.

In the championship standings of the premier category, the ARX-05 Acuras of MSR (No. 60) and WTR (No. 10) are tied for first.

Here are the start times, starting lineup, schedule and TV info for the IMSA Lexus Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (all times are ET):


IMSA Mid-Ohio start times, schedule, TV info

When: Sunday, 2:10 p.m. ET

Race distance: Two hours, 40 minutes on the 13-turn, 2.258-mile road course

Forecast: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 74 degrees with a 24% chance of rain at the green flag.

Entry list: Click here to see the 34-car field over four divisions (DPi, LMP2, LMP3, GTD) for the Lexus Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio.


RACE BROADCAST

TV: 2 p.m. ET, USA, 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 Brian Till.

IMSA.com live qualifying stream: Saturday, 1:10 p.m. ET.

IMSA Radio: All sessions are live on IMSA.com and RadioLeMans.com; SiriusXM live race coverage will begin Sunday at 1:30 p.m. (XM 207, Internet/App 992).


DAILY SCHEDULE IMSA MID-OHIO

Here’s a rundown of the IMSA Lexus Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio (all times ET):

Friday, May 13

9:15-10:15 a.m.: Michelin Pilot Challenge, Practice 1

11:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m.: Mazda MX-5 Cup, Practice 1

12:45-1:45 p.m.: Michelin Pilot Challenge, Practice 2

2:05-2:50 p.m.: Prototype Challenge, Practice 1

3:10-3:40 p.m.: Mazda MX-5 Cup, Practice 2

4-5:30 p.m.: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Practice 1

5:50-6:05 p.m.: Michelin Pilot Challenge – TCR, Qualifying

6:10-6:25 p.m.: Michelin Pilot Challenge – GS, Qualifying

Saturday, May 14

8:10-8:40 a.m.: Mazda MX-5 Cup, Qualifying 1

9-10:45 a.m.: WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Practice 2

11:05-11:50 a.m.: Prototype Challenge, Practice 2

12:10-12:55 p.m.: Mazda MX-5 Cup, Race 1

1:15-2:20 p.m.: WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Qualifying

2:40-2:55 p.m.: Prototype Challenge, Qualifying

4:05-6:05 p.m.: Michelin Pilot Challenge, Race

Sunday, May 15

8:40-9 a.m.: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, warmup

9:20-10:55 a.m.: Prototype Challenge, Race

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

2:10-4:50 p.m.: Lexus Grand Prix, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Race

Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez and Formula One embrace the United States

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Last week, Red Bull Racing revealed its new car, the RB19, and a new relationship with Ford Motor Co. in an event in New York City complete with drivers Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez and team principal Christian Horner.

It’s the first Formula 1 team to launch in the United States for 2023, but even that small move of the needle reflects a major shift in the attitude of both F1’s management and their teams – and the extent to which the American audience has fully embraced the sport.

“It’s something fantastic and unique, for the sport to be able to break it into the U.S,” Perez told NBC Sports. “The market is huge and it’s a huge opportunity for everyone involved, for the drivers, for the team. It’s always a huge market.”

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Sergio Perez finished fourth in the Unites States Grand Prix, but he was first with the fans.  – Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

In 2023, Formula 1 will race three times in the United States and five times in North America. The Circuit of the Americas will host their 11th consecutive race in October before heading south to Mexico City. Miami returns for a second time in May on a temporary street course around the Hard Rock cafe and the third addition is in downtown Las Vegas in November.

With the Canadian Grand Prix on the schedule for June and the Brazilian Grand Prix in November, American fans are now in the ballpark of Europeans, who have eight events on the continent and one in England.

In 2022, Verstappen won every race in North America. He was kept from sweeping the hemisphere only by George Russell, who won in Brazil. That fact is less remarkable when one considers that Verstappen won 15 times in the season – nearly two-thirds of the races on the schedule.

By the time Formula arrived in Austin, Texas, for Round 20 of 23, Verstappen already had wrapped up his second consecutive championship.

“Sometimes it can be hard to replicate the season, but I think it’s the same as with the car, right? You always try to improve it,” Verstappen told NBC Sports. “And I always look at the little details that even when you have had a good race, you could have done better. And then of course you also learn from the bad races. So we always try to look for these little improvements and general experience you gain year after year.

“You try to do better, but of course it also depends a lot on the package you have.”

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Max Verstappen United States Grand Prix win was one of 15 for the drivers and 17 for Red Bull.
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Now Verstappen’s thoughts inevitably will turn to establishing a dynasty, and America will again play a pivotal role.

“I just enjoy what I’m doing,” Verstappen said.  “After the years in Formula One, when you have to be on top of your game and you gain a lot on your experience – in that sense nothing really can get to you anymore. Every year you just try to do the best you can. But a lot depends on the material around you. It’s always a bit of a guess. Start the season as fit as you can be and be well prepared. But if you don’t have the car, you’re not going to win the championship.”

Perez added two wins to Red Bull’s total, at Monaco and the Marina Bay Street course. With two of the US 2023 races on street courses, Perez hopes to close the gap on Verstappen and potentially be his chief rival for the championship.

“The strategy is clear; it is to maximize the potential of the car – and we believe we have a good car, but how good?,” Perez said “We don’t know what the competition is doing. We just give our best in building this car and we hope that it’s good enough to get us to win races.

“I think we have to work together as a team. At the same time. We both want to win the championship. It’s just having good compromise. The competition will be really strong out there, so we really need everything we possibly can get from each other.”

Formula One returns to the United States for Round 6 and the Miami Grand Prix on May 7.