FOX Sports and IMSA (International Motor Sports Association) have announced a five-year multi-media rights deal that solidifies United SportsCar Racing’s home on television through the 2018 season.
The announcement, which comes on the heels of recent news that FOX Sports will broadcast NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races through 2024, bolsters FOX’s expansive motorsports coverage.
The agreement also includes coverage of IMSA’s Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge for five years. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
In September 2012, GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón announced the two entities were merging in one of the most significant developments in the history of sports car racing in North America.
Later named United SportsCar Racing, sanctioned by IMSA, the premier new sports car racing series begins its next chapter with the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January 2014.
With the 2014 schedule still being finalized, exact distribution plans currently are being determined, but a mix of races likely will be available on both FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2.
Under the new arrangement, FOX Sports also has the right to stream all IMSA races as part of its FOX Sports GO product. IMSA retains additional digital rights including alternate camera angles and full race replays.
Following is a brief summary of FOX Sports’ exclusive rights:
· 2014-2018: Entire United SportsCar Racing and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge seasons
· 2015-2024: First 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points races of each season, including the Daytona 500
o Nine on FOX Sports and seven on FOX Sports 1
· 2015-2024: First 14 NASCAR Nationwide Series points races of each season
o Fourteen races on FOX Sports 1
· 2015-2024: NASCAR Sprint Unlimited, The Duel at Daytona and NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race
· 2015-2024: All NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races