IMSA Sebring SuperSaturday Goes Digital

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Still itching for some Sebring action this weekend? IMSA has a full schedule to help get your fix.

Starting at 2:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, IMSA is going to host a 90-minute virtual race of Sebring where "many of your favorite drivers" will participate. The race can be viewed on iRacing's Twitch channel, as well as the iRacing eSports Network on YouTube. John Hindhaugh will even be there to provide commentary.

Later, NBCSN will play a one-hour highlight show of the 2019 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring at 8 p.m. EST. Those that watched will remember the shockingly close finish.

For race commentary during the whole day, you can turn to The Torque Show for Facebook Live broadcasts discussing the iRacing event, as well as the NBCSN broadcast.

Personally, we won’t be satisfied until we see a virtual couch get virtually lit on fire.

Will you be tuning in this weekend?

 

Read the full press release below:

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – “Drivers… Start your computers!”

IMSA fans, this Saturday, March 21, many of your favorite drivers are going virtual racing with IMSA Sebring SuperSaturday on iRacing 90-minute online event. While the real Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts has been rescheduled to the weekend of Nov. 11-14, we couldn’t let the originally scheduled date pass without some IMSA action from Sebring International Raceway.

So, along with our partners at iRacing, IMSA is hosting a 90-minute, single-class shootout at Sebring. The race begins at 2:30 p.m. ET with a 15-minute warm-up session from 2 to 2:15 p.m. and single-car qualifying from 2:15 to 2:25 p.m.

IMSA is committed to delivering a realistic racing experience to our fans, competitors and partners this weekend,” said IMSA President John Doonan. “Most IMSA drivers use iRacing or other simulators on a regular basis to sharpen their skills and prepare for upcoming races. This weekend, they will do it in front of an audience. We are grateful to iRacing and many of our other partners for creating this opportunity to entertain our loyal IMSA fans.”

Starting at 2:30 p.m. ET, the race will be streamed live on iRacing’s Twitch channel and the iRacing eSports Network on YouTube. The commentary team will include the voice of IMSA Radio’s John Hindhaugh.

The field will be comprised of IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge drivers, who will choose from one of four recent WeatherTech Championship GT Le Mans (GTLM) class race cars:  the BMW M8 GTE, Ferrari 488 GTE, Porsche 911 RSR and Ford GT.

Several IMSA stars already have committed to participate in the IMSA Sebring SuperSaturday. The entry list will be released shortly.

NBCSN Re-Lives Thrilling 2019 Sebring Race in Primetime Saturday Night

In addition to the iRacing event, IMSA Sebring SuperSaturday rolls on into the NBCSN network Saturday night. The network will air a one-hour highlight show of the 2019 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts in primetime on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.

This race was one for the ages – delivering the closest overall finish in the 67-year history of the Twelve Hours of Sebring and thrilling battles for the overall class victory that all came down to the final minutes.

All-Day Coverage on The Torque Show

Since the start of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, The Torque Show, hosted by Justin Bell and Tommy Kendall has been entertaining IMSA fans with Facebook Live broadcasts throughout each race weekend.

On Saturday, The Torque Show will have a one-hour pre-race show on Facebook Live starting at 1:30 p.m. ET, with live driver interviews and running commentary of practice and qualifying until the start of the race on the iRacing streaming platforms.

After the checkered flag at 4 p.m. ET, The Torque Show returns with complete post-race coverage on Facebook Live. A third Torque Show Facebook Live broadcast will air at 7:30 p.m. ET to preview the NBCSN telecast.

IMSA Sebring SuperSaturday Schedule/Platform (All Times ET)

1:30-2:30 p.m. – The Torque Show iRacing Pre-Race Show – Facebook Live

2:30-4 p.m. – IMSA Sebring SuperSaturday on iRacing – iRacing eSports Network on YouTube, Twitch

4 p.m. – The Torque Show – iRacing Post-Race Show – Facebook Live

7:30 p.m. – The Torque Show – NBCSN Preview

8 p.m. – 2019 Twelve Hours of Sebring Highlight Show – NBCSN

Join the conversation before, during and after the event through the hashtag #IMSASuperSaturday.

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dean1484
dean1484 MegaDork
3/18/20 4:22 p.m.

A bunch of us here on GRM have been virtually racing for years. Maybe 10years now?  Virtual or sim racing is lots of fun. I would watch a virtual race.  Talent is talent in a real car or in a sim. Still exciting and fun to watch. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
3/18/20 5:00 p.m.

In reply to dean1484 :

Free plug for those who might have never noticed: We have a sim racing forum

OnTheChip
OnTheChip New Reader
3/21/20 10:49 a.m.

Does anyone have the twitch or youtube links?

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
3/21/20 10:54 a.m.

You can get the links here.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
3/21/20 6:24 p.m.

And you can watch it here:

 

BenB
BenB Reader
3/22/20 8:38 a.m.

That was pretty entertaining! I've never paid much attention to video games so I found the graphics and the technology put into it amazing.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
3/22/20 10:58 a.m.

In reply to BenB :

Same here. I actually let out a gasp during a wreck. 

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