Start times set for Daytona 500, other Daytona Speedweeks events
With the start of the 2015 racing season right around the corner, Daytona International Speedway officially released the start times for Budweiser Speedweeks late Friday morning.
The racing action at the World Center of Racing begins with the 53rd running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race. Many teams are in Daytona this weekend testing for the endurance race, which will be held Jan. 24-25 and kicks off at 2:10 p.m. ET. The prestigious event can be seen on FOX Sports.
Once the sports car action is in the books, DIS turns its attention to the ARCA Racing Series, NASCAR, and the 57th running of the Daytona 500.
The season-opening ARCA Racing Series race, the Lucas Oil 200 presented by American Real MAV TV, will get under way on Feb. 14 at 4:15 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.
The NASCAR Sprint Unlimited, a non-points paying exhibition event, will follow the ARCA race on Feb. 14. The green flag will drop on the Sprint Unlimited at 8:15 p.m. ET, and the race will be televised on FOX Sports 1.
Once the Sprint Unlimited is in the books, the Daytona 500 action officially gets under way.
Daytona 500 qualifying will start at 1:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 15, and be televised live on FOX. Sunday’s qualifying session will set the front row for the 2015 Daytona 500, as well as determine the starting order for the Budweiser Duel.
The Budweiser Duel at Daytona qualifying races, which set the remainder of the Daytona 500 starting grid, will begin Thursday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season will officially kick off on Friday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. ET with the NextEra Energy Resources 250.
The Alert Today Florida 300 will start the 2015 NASCAR Xfinity Series season on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 3:30 p.m. ET.
Both Friday’s Camping World Truck Series and Saturday’s Xfinity Series race will be televised live on FOX Sports 1.
Finally, the Daytona 500 will take the green flag at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 22. This marks the sixth consecutive year The Great American Race will have a 1 p.m. ET start time, and the 14th year it will be broadcast live on FOX.