WATCH LIVE: Ryan Hunter-Reay leads IndyCar into Long Beach battle at 4 p.m. ET

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The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is a very special place for Ryan Hunter-Reay, both in and out of the race car.

The former Verizon IndyCar Series champion won at Long Beach in 2010 to bolster his career, which was then in part-time status. But the famous circuit was also where he met his wife for the first time.

Additionally, Long Beach was also a favorite for his late mother, who died of colon cancer in the fall of 2009. Five months after her passing, Hunter-Reay dedicated his Long Beach win to her, saying that “she was definitely there with me.”

Now, he will look to add another Long Beach memory today by winning the 40th anniversary running of North America’s most prestigious street race.

You can watch the second round of the 2014 IndyCar championship LIVE at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra on your online and mobile device.

Hunter-Reay will be on the pole position after taking it from Andretti Autosport teammate James Hinchcliffe in the waning moments of a wild qualifying session that saw Team Penske and Chip Ganassi Racing fail to make the Firestone Fast Six final round for the first time ever.

Sebastien Bourdais and Josef Newgarden will roll off from Row 2, while rookie Jack Hawksworth and Simon Pagenaud make up Row 3.

CLICK HERE at 4 p.m. ET to see who will join the list of famous drivers to win on the streets of Long Beach.

Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

Photos; Walt Kuhn
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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)