WATCH: Indy Lights takes on Long Beach at 2:30 p.m. ET

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After earning his first Indy Lights triumph two weeks ago at St. Petersburg, Andretti Autosport’s Zach Veach will seek back-to-back wins to start the season in today’s Indy Lights Grand Prix of Long Beach.

You can watch the 45-lap race today at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra for your online/mobile device.

The race will take you up to LIVE coverage of the Verizon IndyCar Series main event, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, which starts at 4 p.m. ET.

The 19-year-old Veach won the pole for today’s Lights contest but will have to deal with Gabby Chaves on the outside of the front row.

In St. Pete, Veach passed pole sitter Chaves on the first lap and went on to take the win there, so expect the Colombian to try and even the score against the young American in sunny California.

Again, CLICK HERE at 2:30 p.m. ET to watch IndyCar’s stars of tomorrow have their bash at the Beach.

MRTI: Telitz gets creative to help racing career

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To say that Belardi Auto Racing’s Aaron Telitz has endured a difficult start to the 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season would be an understatement. The Wisconsin native only completed four corners through the first three races – Races 1 and 2 at St. Petersburg, and Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park – with St. Pete being especially problematic.

He took the pole for Race 1, but a crash during qualifying for Race 2 prevented him from actually starting. What’s more, the damage was so severe that the Belardi team needed a brand new chassis, with Telitz’s Dallara IL-15 damaged beyond repair.

They also had to borrow a car from Carlin for Race 2, but Telitz’s race ended after he got tangled up with Victor Franzoni in Turn 2 on Lap 1.

With the damage bill well into the six figures as a result, Telitz has taken to some unique, or rather, creative ways to raise money in the aftermath to help cover the costs. “Creative,” in this case, meaning Telitz is using his art skills.

An artist in his spare time, Telitz has begun selling his own original paintings to help raise money.

 “I’ve been to a lot of art shows and I see stuff and I go, ‘Holy cow, someone’s going to pay a thousand dollars for that thing?’” Telitz quipped in a story posted on the Milwaukee Journal.

In discussing his artistic abilities, Telitz added, “I’m working at getting better. I’d like to be able to paint some animals, those types of things. I got a request from Alexander Rossi to see if I could paint his dog. Unfortunately I can’t do that yet.”

Further, in a partnership with The Styled Garage, Telitz is selling his own merchandise, and accepting donations, to help his cause.

Telitz finished fourth in Race 2 at Barber on Sunday, and sits seventh in the Indy Lights championship, 59 points behind leader Pato O’Ward.

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