MRN Opens 45th Year With Rolex 24

Rolex 24

Motor Racing Network will dedicate 25 hours of coverage to the Rolex 24 at Daytona to help launch its 45th year. (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

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A new era begins in North American sports car racing this year with the historic merger of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and the American Le Mans Series.

And Motor Racing Network will provide live flag-to-flag coverage of the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway to kick off the inaugural season for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

The 52nd running of the twice-around-the-clock classic is slated for Jan. 25-26 at “The World Center of Racing.” MRN’s exclusive radio coverage will begin at 2 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, Jan. 25, with live streaming of all 24 hours of racing available at www.MRN.com.

Motor Racing Network will dedicate 25 hours of coverage to the Rolex 24 at Daytona to help launch its 45th year. The entire broadcast will air on flagship station WNDB in Daytona Beach, Fla., and also on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio channel 90 in addition to the live audio stream at MRN.com.

The season-opening event of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship is the first of 84 race broadcasts on MRN’s 2014 schedule, originating from 34 different venues including Daytona International Speedway.

Six hours of this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona will air on MRN’s nationwide network of affiliate stations starting at 2 p.m. on Jan. 25, and concluding with the closing laps and post-race coverage from 12-3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26. Eli Gold and Jason Toy will anchor the broadcast.

Dan Gurney won the very first running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 1962. MRN first hit the airwaves eight years later, evolving into “The Voice of NASCAR” and now beginning its fifth year of providing live coverage of the entire 12-race series. Programming from Daytona International Speedway will be produced by Craig Moore and Brian Nelson.

“Last year’s race was a first for the network, when we produced and staffed the entire 24 hours ourselves,” said MRN President and Executive Producer David Hyatt. “We met that challenge and I couldn’t be more proud of the team we have assembled in 2014 to help launch the inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.”

The overnight hours of the broadcast will feature Kurt Becker and Jeff Striegle in the booth from 11 p.m. on Jan. 25 to 2 a.m. on the 26th, with Kyle Rickey and Buddy Long picking up the next three hours. Gold and Toy will return at 5 a.m. Sunday.

Long and Rickey will also cover the action in the turns around the 3.56-mile circuit. Pit reporters are Tony Rizzuti, Alex Hayden, Steve Post and Woody Cain.

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