WATCH LIVE: A jam-packed Sunday for IndyCar in Toronto

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This morning, Sebastien Bourdais claimed his first Indy-car victory since 2007. But he doesn’t have much time to celebrate.

He and the rest of the Verizon IndyCar Series will return to the Honda Indy Toronto street circuit for the second, 65-lap race of the day in the Canadian metropolis.

Coverage of Race 2 begins on NBCSN at 3 p.m. ET, with a green flag expected around 4:15 p.m. ET. If you can’t be near a TV, then CLICK HERE to stream Race 2 online and on your mobile devices with NBC Sports Live Extra.

The starting grid for Race 2 will be set on entrant points following today’s Race 1. As a result, Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves and Will Power will be on the front row for the standing start, while Bourdais will be situated toward the middle of the grid.

Castroneves finished runner-up in Race 1 and extended his championship lead to 28 points over Will Power, who finished ninth. We’ll see if Power can respond in Race 2 and make up some of that lost ground.

If you plan to stream today’s race, be sure to have your username and password from your cable/satellite/telco provider handy so your subscription can be verified. Once you plug those pieces of information in, you’ll have access to the stream.

Again, CLICK HERE at 10:30 a.m. ET to stream NBCSN’s coverage of Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto.

Neuville wins Rally Australia; Ogier takes FIA WRC title

Sebastien Ogier. Photo: Getty Images
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COFFS HARBOUR, Australia (AP) Belgium’s Thierry Neuville won Rally Australia by 22.5 seconds on Sunday as torrential rain added drama to the last day of the last race of the World Rally Championship season.

Neuville entered the final day with an almost 20 second advantage after inheriting the rally lead Saturday when his Hyundai teammate, defending champion Andreas Mikkelsen crashed and was forced to retire for the day.

His lead was halved by Jari-Matti Latvala early Sunday as monsoon-like rain made conditions treacherous on muddy forest stages on the New South Wales coast. The rain stopped on the short Wedding Bells stage where Neuville was almost 5 seconds quicker than his rivals, stretching his lead to 14.7 seconds entering the last stage.

COFFS HARBOUR, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 17: Thierry Neuville of Belgium and Nicolas Gilsoul of Belgium compete in their Hyundai Motorsport WRT Hyundai i20 coupe WRC during Day One of the WRC Australia on November 17, 2017 in COFFS HARBOUR, Australia. (Photo by Massimo Bettiol/Getty Images)

That stage was full of incident. The driver’s door on Neuville’s Hyundai i20 coupe swung open in the middle of the stage and Neuville had to slam it closed as he approached a corner.

Latvala’s Toyota then crashed seconds from the end of the stage, allowing Estonia’s Ott Tanak, in a Ford, to take second place overall and New Zealalnd’s Haydon Paddon, in a Hyundai, to sneak into third.

Sebastian Ogier was fourth after winning the final, power stage but the Frenchman had already clinched his fifth world title before Rally Australia began. Neuville’s win was his fourth of the season, two more than Ogier, and was enough to give him second place in world drivers’ standings for the third time in five years.

Ogier owed his drivers’ title to his consistency: he retired only once and finished no worse than fifth all season.

Neuville admitted the last day was touch and go as the rain made some stages perilous, forcing the cancellation of the second to last stage.

“That was a hell of a ride,” Neuville said. “Really, really tricky conditions.

“I kept the car on the road but it was close sometimes. I knew I could make a difference but I had to be clever. You lose grip, you lose control and the car doesn’t respond to your input.”