The on-air talent for both NBC Sports and IMSA Radio’s coverage of the 2019 IMSA season has been confirmed ahead of the opening round of the season later this month at Daytona.
NBC Sports announced late Thursday that veteran play-by-play announcer Leigh Diffey is returning to his sports car racing roots as the lead announcer. He’ll be joined in the booth by longtime sports car analyst and former driver Calvin Fish and a newcomer to the analyst ranks, A.J. Allmendinger, the 2012 Rolex 24 At Daytona overall winner and NASCAR veteran.
Diffey has been the lead play-by-play voice for NBC Sports’ IndyCar and Formula One coverage since 2013. Prior to joining NBC Sports, Diffey previously called GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and American Le Mans Series from 2003 through 2012.
Fish was an analyst for FOX Sports’ IMSA coverage and was the IMSA GTO class winner at both the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in 1990. Allmendinger competed in the NASCAR Cup Series for 13 seasons, most recently with JTG Daugherty Racing, and won five Champ Car World Series races in 2006. He will compete in the 2019 Rolex 24 as part of the driver lineup in the #86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3.
NBC Sports will announce details on additional analysts and pit reports at a later date.
As part of a six-year partnership announced last year, NBC Sports will cover all 12 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship races in 2019 in the USA across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.
The IMSA Radio partnership between IMSA and Radio Show Limited (RSL) meanwhile, will see John Hindhaugh, Jeremy Shaw and Shea Adam joined by another experienced sports car voice this year with Brian Till joining the IMSA Radio team.
Till, another former driver, was a fixture on FOX Sports’ coverage of IMSA for two decades. He brings experience as a play-by-play announcer, analyst and pit reporter into his new role with IMSA Radio.
IMSA Radio covers five IMSA-sanctioned series: the WeatherTech Championship, IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, IMSA Prototype Challenge, Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama and Lamborghini Super Trofeo.