IndyCar’s year in review, leading into Fontana (VIDEO)

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In case you missed any of the prior 18 races in the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series season, or just care to relive the excitement in a condensed, three-minute package, look no further.

IndyCar will crown its 2013 season champion – either Scott Dixon or Helio Castroneves – on Saturday night in the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra).

Before it does, here’s the highlights from St. Petersburg through to the most recent rounds of the year, the doubleheader weekend at Houston a couple weeks ago. An additional video as NBCSN’s Leigh Diffey, Kevin Lee and Robin Miller, look back at Houston is also linked below.

You can see the full 2014 schedule reveal and 2013 championship preview on NBCSN in less than half an hour, at 8 p.m. ET this evening.

Daniel Ricciardo would relish being Lewis Hamilton’s teammate

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BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo says he would relish the challenge of having Lewis Hamilton as his teammate if he joins Mercedes next year.

Ricciardo is out of contract at Red Bull at the end of the season and expressed interest in joining teams like Mercedes or Ferrari to help him challenge for the championship.

The Australian says he would “love to obviously be challenged against the best and Lewis is obviously up there.”

He adds: “I don’t want to say it’s just Lewis I’m looking for but that would be a good challenge.”

Ricciardo says he won’t accept a faster car if it means playing second fiddle to an established star.

He says “there’s always been really good clarity and fairness (at Red Bull) … and I would expect that environment everywhere.”