2019 Roar Before the Rolex 24 Schedule

January 3, 2019

2019 Roar Before the Rolex 24 Schedule

January 3, 2019

The 50th anniversary season of IMSA competition begins this weekend with the annual ROAR Before the Rolex 24. While two IMSA series focus on official preseason testing, a third series kicks off the year with its first race. Daytona International Speedway also serves as the site for Michelin to debut as the new Official Tire of IMSA.

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge competitors test from Friday through Sunday. The only exception to that is the WeatherTech Championship’s GT Daytona class, who test only Friday and Saturday. All WeatherTech Championship competitors qualify for Rolex 24 at Daytona garages and pit boxes during the ROAR weekend.

AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3. Photo: Michelin North America

ROAR participation is mandatory for WeatherTech Championship competitors. However, it isn’t for MICHELIN Pilot Challenge competitors.

For the IMSA Prototype Challenge, the three-hour Scouts of America race runs Saturday afternoon as the first official race of IMSA’s 50th season celebration.

Tire set allocations by series are as follows:

  • WeatherTech SportsCar Championship: 10 DPi, 10 LMP2, 14 GTLM, 7 GTD
  • MICHELIN Pilot Challenge: 6 GS, 4 TCR
  • Prototype Challenge: 5 LMP3

Here are the schedules for each series, below.

No. 11 GRT Grasser Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO and No. 29 Montaplast by Land Motorsport Audi R8 LMS GT3. Photo: Michelin North America

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (ENTRY LIST)

Friday, Jan. 4

  • 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. FP1 (All Classes)
  • 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. FP2 (All Classes)

Saturday, Jan. 5

  • 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. FP3 (All Classes)
  • 11:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m. FP3 (GTD Silver/Bronze Only)
  • 3:35 p.m.-4:20 p.m. FP4 (All Classes)
  • 4:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m. Qualifying (GTD)
  • 6:45 p.m.-8:00 p.m. FP5 (Night Practice; All Classes)

Sunday, Jan. 6

  • 10:30 a.m.-11:35 a.m. FP6 (DPi/LMP2/GTLM)
  • 11:50 a.m.-12:05 p.m. Qualifying (GTLM)
  • 12:15 p.m.-12:30 p.m. Qualifying (DPi/LMP2)
  • 2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m. FP7 (DPi/LMP2/GTLM)
No. 2 eEuroparts.com ROWE Audi R8 LMS GT4. Photo: Michelin North America

IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge (ENTRY LIST)

Friday, Jan. 4

  • 9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m. FP1 (All Classes, All Sessions)
  • 2:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m. FP2

Saturday, Jan. 5

  • 8:45 a.m.-9:45 a.m. FP3
  • 5:00 p.m.-5:45 p.m. FP4

Sunday, Jan. 6

  • 9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m. FP5
  • 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. FP6
No. 33 Sean Creech Motorsports Ligier and No. 40 Polestar Motor Racing Ligier. Photo: Michelin North America

IMSA Prototype Challenge (ENTRY LIST)

Friday, Jan. 4

  • 9:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. FP1
  • 1:15 p.m.-2:00 p.m. FP2
  • 5:15 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Qualifying

Saturday, Jan. 5

  • 10:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Driver Autograph Session
  • 11:20 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Pre-Race
  • 12:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m. RACE

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