Fox Sports 1 to Cover pre-Daytona 500 Practice, and The Loss of a Legend

Daytona-500-2014-logo-250x214NASCAR cars and trucks take to the track at Daytona for preseason test sessions with FOX Sports 1 providing 12 hours of coverage over three days from Jan. 9-11. The NASCAR on FOX team of Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds and Mike Joy call the action while NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars are on the track Jan. 9-10 (1:00 pm/et to 5:00 pm/et, Live), with Bob Dillner and Matt Yocum reporting from the pits and Jeff Hammond reporting from the garage.

Sports Car Racing Will Have An Uphill Battle in 2014

Sports Car racing, now under a single banner as Grand-Am and Petite LeMans merged last year, has its problems. Specifically, the series isn’t drawing big crowds nor making inroads to achieve good TV ratings.

Even with perfect weather, attendance at the Circuit Of The Americas in Austin, Texas for the Petite LeMans race this year was pathetic. That new track hosted the first GP of the US in quite a while. According to Auto Week, the crowd count wasn’t more than 5,500 – if they were lucky. And that was for the entire three-day weekend.