“The Rolex 24 has re-emerged as the event IÂ fell in love with when I first covered it forÂ television in the early '80's," said SPEED/FOX Sports host Bob Varsha. “Back then, everyone, and I mean everyone,Â converged on Daytona in January to shake off the winter blues. Why that magic went away is a long story, butÂ Grand-Am has recaptured it. Â
“The Rolex 24 driver lineupÂ is a race fan'sÂ dream,Â and the stock car and open-wheelÂ boys and girlsÂ know this isn't a cameo;Â the Rolex Series regulars are fast andÂ know all the tricksÂ in these cars," Varsha added.
“Sure, it's a one-off for the visiting stars with no points to worry about,Â but everyone's goal, series regular or hired gun,Â is to put a win in the Rolex 24Â at Daytona on their resume.Â The new Pirelli tires areÂ wicked fast, and while winning any 24-hour race is no weekend at theÂ golf course,Â the Rolex isÂ simply flat-out, all the time.Â The weather is always a factor,Â as areÂ the long hours of darkness, and racing luck can send the biggest star home humbled. Just ask Tony Stewart. I can't wait." Â
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Rolex 24 at Daytona broadcast schedule (all time ET and subject to change): Â
* Jan. 26, 1-2:30 p.m. – FOX (simulcast in Times Square)
* Jan. 26, 2:30-10 p.m. – SPEED
* Jan. 27, 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. – SPEED
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Varsha will be joined in the booth by former racers David Hobbs and Dorsey Schroeder, who will provide analysis, and Leigh Diffey, who will deliver play-by-play. Brian Till, Calvin Fish, Chris Neville and Andrew Marriott will be reporting from the Daytona pits.