Welcome to the Jalopnik Weekend Motorsports Roundup, where we let you know what's going on in the world of racing, where you can see it, and where you can talk about it all in one convenient place. Where else would you want to spend your weekend?
It's back! It's back, everyone! The Weekend Motorsports Roundup is back! Oh, you're more excited that racing (in North America, at least) is back? Well then. Hrmph.
The WMR will just be forced to win your hearts back, after its long winter hibernation of about six weeks. Okay, okay, so it's not like we've got a super-deep schedule for this weekend, but we've got the one live race that counts – the Daytona 24 Hours.
If you have no idea why you should be watching the Rolex 24 at Daytona, beyond the fact that GT-based enduros are almost always pretty swell, you have the added factor of it being the first-ever race of United SportsCar Racing. No, Virginia, there is no more Grand Am, and there is no more American Le Mans Series. The two have joined their houses, and for the first time ever, Grand Am Prototypes will race against their Le Mans counterparts, and there'll even be a class for alternative-fuel vehicles. Hey, neat!
So while you sit at home, and wonder why the middle of the goddamn Yukon is warmer than where you are (no, seriously), rest assured that winter motorsports starts early in Florida. The forecast high for today is 68 degrees Fahrenheit, which means it should be a fine day for racing.
As always, let us know about anything we missed, or about good livestreams out there, in the comments.
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All times Eastern.
Rolex 24 at Daytona
Daytona International Speedway
2 PM Saturday on FOX, 4 PM Saturday on FS2, 9 PM Saturday on IMSA.com (livestream), 7 AM Sunday on FS1