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What time does the 24 Hours of Daytona start?

Fernando Alonso won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2018, and he returns to Daytona this weekend seeking his first victory in the biggest endurance race in North America. The Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona will begin Saturday afternoon, and the field is loaded with stars. So, what time should you tune in?

The 2019 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona will begin at 2:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

You can watch live coverage of the race on NBCSN and the NBC Sports app from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET. All other periods to the race will be streamed on the NBC Sports app and NBCSports.com/live. You can also stream the race via IMSA.

How does the race work?

If you’re new to endurance racing, you might be wondering why there’s so many different cars on the track. There are four classes of cars, meaning there’s four separate races going on simultaneously for 24 hours. Daytona Prototype international (DPi) and Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) are the fastest cars on the track, followed by GT Le Mans (GTLM) and GT Daytona (GTD). Each team has a lineup of four drivers that take turns racing shifts.

Notable drivers in the field:

Fernando Alonso

Juan Pablo Montoya

Kamui Kobayashi

Rubens Barrichello

Pastor Maldonado 

Felipe Nasr

Alex Zanardi 

Ryan Briscoe

Scott Dixon

 

How to watch the 2019 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.

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