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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Retired sports car champion Scott Pruett will serve as grand marshal for the Rolex 24 at Daytona later this month.
Pruett will give the command for drivers to start their engines before the start of the prestigious endurance race on Jan. 26.
The 58-year-old Pruett retired from competition following the 2018 Rolex 24, walking away as IMSA’s all-time leader with 60 wins and second in series championships with nine. He notched five Rolex 24 overall victories, a record he shares with Hurley Haywood. Pruett also holds the record for Rolex 24 class victories with 10.
The 57th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona will be the first Pruett has missed since 2003. He drove in all but six endurance races at Daytona between 1985 and 2017
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NBC Sports’ inaugural presentation of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship begins Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, with live coverage of the 57th Rolex 24 At DAYTONA from Daytona Beach, Fla., as part of more than 100 hours of IMSA programming set to air across NBC, NBCSN, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app throughout the upcoming 2019 season.
On April 30, 2018 NBC Sports Group and IMSA announced a new, six-year media rights agreement in which NBC Sports acquired the U.S. broadcast rights to all IMSA races beginning in 2019.
Live race coverage of the 57th Rolex 24 At DAYTONA – the most prestigious sports car race in North America, and the first leg of the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup – from the Daytona International Speedway begins at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN, as a world-class field of drivers take to the 3.56-mile course to begin the IMSA 50th anniversary celebration.
“As we all get ready for IMSA’s much-anticipated 50th anniversary season in 2019, our new NBC Sports media partnership promises to promote and showcase our unique premium product in revolutionary ways,” said IMSA CEO Ed Bennett. “Both IMSA and the WeatherTech Championship have been experiencing incredible momentum the last several years and this partnership should only help elevate the sport to new heights.”
“We couldn’t be more excited to begin our IMSA coverage from the Daytona International Speedway with the iconic 57th Rolex 24,” said Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports and NBCSN. “As the home of U.S. motorsports, we’ll showcase the uniqueness of IMSA racing to motorsports fans everywhere, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the association throughout the upcoming season.”