SPEED and the Motor Racing Network will combine to provide 25 hours of flag-to-flag coverage of the 51st Rolex 24 at Daytona, kicking off the networks' coverage of the complete 12-race 2013 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series season.
There will be a new but familiar face anchoring SPEED's 2013 coverage, with Formula 1 broadcast veteran Bob Varsha set to join Brian Till for play-by-play. Eli Gold and Preston Root will return to the booth to lead the Motor Racing Network's radio broadcast of the Rolex 24.
SPEED's Rolex 24 coverage begins at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 26, with a 30-minute pre-race show preceding the 3:30 p.m. waving of the green flag. Analysts Calvin Fish, Dorsey Schroeder, Tommy Kendall and Justin Bell will join Varsha and Till in the booth, with Chris Neville, Jamie Howe, Matt Yocum and Andrew Marriott reporting from pit road.
When SPEED signs off on its opening day coverage at 11 p.m., SPEED.com will stream feeds throughout the night, including a rooftop camera, in-car cameras and radio calls by the Motor Racing Network.
SPEED returns at 9 a.m. on Sunday, with coverage including a 30-minute post-race show following the checkered flag at 3:30 p.m.
Producing SPEED's coverage of the iconic endurance race for the 12th time will be Greg Oldham, who returns to Daytona for the 25th time since 1986.
SPEED will also air a preview program presented by Continental Tire at 9 p.m. ET this Sunday, Jan. 20.
Daytona coverage also includes the Ferrari Challenge, which airs 3-4 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 2 followed by the Grand-Am 200 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race from 4-6 p.m. ET.
Motor Racing Network will dedicate 25 hours of coverage to the Rolex 24 to launch its 44th year on the airwaves. Six hours of coverage will air on MRN's network of affiliate stations, starting at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 26, and concluding with the closing laps and post-race coverage from 1-4 p.m. on Jan. 27. All 25 hours will be streamed live at www.Grand-Am.com and www.MotorRacingNetwork.com.