Now, with the inaugural season of the USR underway (you didn't miss our Daytona coverage, did you?), Fox Sports and IMSA have announced this season's TV schedule of races. We'll admit, it wasn't what we were hoping for - complete, unfettered (and totally unrealistic) start-to-finish live coverage - but it is better than nothing.
All 12 remaining races will be aired on Fox Sports 1 in some capacity. Nine of those will be shown live, while three races - Belle Isle in Detroit, Indianapolis and Road America - will be on a same-day delay. So far, only Petit Le Mans, the Circuit of the Americas and the 6 Hours of Watkins Glen are confirmed to be shown entirely on TV. Most other races are getting two to three hours on FS1, before be shuffled over to the IMSA website or Fox Sports Go mobile app.
Now, it's possible more races could be aired in their entirety, but since the USR hasn't announced how long many of the races will be, it's impossible to know for certain. For example, the race at Long beach is traditionally a two-hour sprint, which based on the TV lineup allows it to be aired from start to finish. But since the USR still hasn't published an official race duration for most of its events, there's no way to be 100 percent certain of how long each race will be aired.
Take a look below for the entire broadcast schedule, and then let us know what you think in Comments.
· FOX Sports 1 Home To 12 2014 TUDOR Championship Telecasts
· Eight Races Feature Live Coverage On FOX Sports 1 Or FOX Sports 2
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 6, 2014) – The first year of a five-year partnership between the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) and FOX Sports brings a majority of TUDOR United SportsCar Championship events featuring live coverage on FOX Sports 1, as sanctioning body and network officials today announced the television schedule for the remainder of the 2014 season.
"Teaming with IMSA and the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship to solidify a strong 60-plus-hour television package is a great beginning to this long-term relationship," said David Nathanson, general manager and chief operating officer of FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2. "And being able to open the sports car racing season with a pair of iconic endurance races like the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring gives us an amazing platform on which to build."
The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida on Saturday, March 15 – the second round of both the TUDOR Championship and the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup – kicks off FOX Sports 1's nine-event lineup. Six of those events air live, with the Raceway at Belle Isle Park (May 31), Indianapolis Motor Speedway (July 25), and Road America (Aug. 10) airing on a same-day delay.
The first three hours of the Sebring race air live on FOX Sports 1, with the remainder streamed live on IMSA.com and through the FOX Sports GO mobile app. FOX Sports 1 also televises a three-hour highlight show from Sebring beginning at 8:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, March 16.
The final two events of the season, at Circuit of The Americas on Saturday, Sept. 20 and the 10-hour Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda at Road Atlanta on Saturday, Oct. 4, air in their entirety on FOX Sports 2. FOX Sports 1 also features a three-hour highlight telecast from Petit Le Mans at 8 a.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 5.
2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Television Schedule (subject to change)
Date Track Time/Network (ET) Length
March 15 Sebring Int'l Raceway – first three hours 10 a.m. on FS1 (Live) 3 hrs
March 16 Sebring Int'l Raceway – cut-down show 8:30 a.m. on FS1 3 hrs
April 12 Grand Prix of Long Beach 6 p.m. on FS1 (Live) 2 hrs
May 4 Mazda Raceway – Race 1 (PC/GTD) 1 p.m. on FS1 (Live) 2.5 hrs
Mazda Raceway – Race 2 (P/GTLM) 5:30 p.m. on FS1 (Live) 2.5 hrs
May 31 The Raceway at Belle Isle Park 1:30 p.m. on FS1 (SDD) 2 hours
June 29 Watkins Glen International 11 a.m. on FS1 (Live) 6.5 hrs
July 13 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park 2 p.m. on FS1 (Live) 3 hrs
July 25 Indianapolis Motor Speedway 7 p.m. on FS1 (SDD) 3 hrs
August 10 Road America 6:30 p.m. on FS1 (SDD) 3 hrs
August 24 Virginia International Raceway 4 p.m. on FS1 (Live) 3 hours
September 20 Circuit of the Americas TBD on FS2 3 hours
October 4 Road Atlanta 11 a.m. on FS2 (Live) 10.5 hrs
October 5 Road Atlanta – cut-down show 8 a.m. on FS1 3 hrs
The Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge event at Sebring International Raceway on Friday, March 14, will be streamed live in its entirety on IMSA.com beginning at 1 p.m. ET. The two-hour broadcast airs March 19 on FOX Sports 1 at 1 p.m. ET and re-airs March 23 on FOX Sports 2 beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.
About FOX Sports
FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing 21st Century FOX's wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets. Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FOX Sports includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing partnerships. FOX Sports includes the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; FOX Sports 1; FOX Sports 2; Fox's 22 regional sports networks, their affiliated regional web sites and FSN national programming; FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2Go; FOX Deportes and FOX College Sports. In addition, FOX Sports also encompasses FOX Sports Digital, which includes FOXSports.com on MSN, FOX Sports GO, Whatifsports.com and Yardbarker.com. Also included in the Group are FOX's interests in joint-venture businesses Big Ten Network, BTN 2Go and STATS, LLC, as well as licensing agreements that establish the FOX Sports Radio Network.
The International Motor Sports Association, LLC (IMSA) is the sanctioning body of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the road-racing series resulting from the merger of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. IMSA also sanctions two developmental series, the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge and the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda, as well as four single-make series: Porsche GT3 Cup USA by Yokohama; Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Canada by Michelin; Ferrari Challenge North America; and Lamborghini Super Trofeo.