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WATCH LIVE: Iowa Corn 300 at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN

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After a race at the longest race track on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule, 4.014 miles at Road America, the series now heads to its shortest track, the 0.894-mile Iowa Speedway for today’s Iowa Corn 300.

You can see the 300-lapper from Iowa Speedway live from 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN, with pre-race coverage for the first half hour before race start just after 5:30 p.m. ET (stream link here).

Kevin Lee is on the call along with analysts Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy, with Jon Beekhuis, Katie Hargitt, Anders Krohn and Robin Miller in the pits.

This comes in a big block of racing today. Formula 1 kicked off the day from the Austrian Grand Prix on CNBC.

Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires coverage takes place at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN, the lead-in to Iowa. Jake Query is on the call there with Krohn alongside in the booth and Hargitt in pit lane (stream link here).

Coverage will run from 5 through 8 p.m. ET, with Red Bull Global Rallycross coverage from Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Raceway coming up at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Iowa is one of the most physical races on the calendar and offers up a number of interesting questions:

  • Can Will Power end the drought of polesitters and Team Penske drivers at Iowa? Neither has won here.
  • Will JR Hildebrand break through for his elusive first victory and emulate Josef Newgarden’s dominance from second on the grid, in a No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet for Ed Carpenter Racing?
  • Does Newgarden, who won last year and came second the two years before that, win again?
  • Do any of the Hondas have anything to play for on what may be another Chevrolet-dominated race? Takuma Sato is the best positioned Honda on the grid, in fifth, as Andretti Autosport looks to reassert itself at the top here.

Usain Bolt, Bill Clinton among headline guests for USGP at COTA

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The Circuit of The Americas paddock ahead of the United States Grand Prix may have been busy with teams and drivers preparing for lights out, but much of the attention lay with a number of headline guests including former presidents and Olympic champions.

As part of its plans to up the excitement levels ahead of Sunday’s grand prix and mirror other sporting events, F1’s new owner, Liberty Media, announced plans a couple of weeks ago to link up with iconic boxing announcer Michael Buffer and eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt for the pre-race festivities.

Ahead of today’s race in Austin, Buffer will introduce the drivers in a number of groups before offering the call for drivers to start their engines, similar to the pre-race procedure for the Indianapolis 500.

Honorary race starter Bolt, who competed in his last athletic world championship event in London earlier this year, will appear on the start line to complete his signature victory pose before waving the green flags to launch the formation lap.

Bolt was also treated to a hot lap around COTA by Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton before the start of the formal pre-race build up program in Austin.

Liberty issued a list of celebrities and other public figures who are confirmed to be attending today’s race, including Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden and actor Owen Wilson among others.

One name that wasn’t on the list? 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton, who quickly became a focus for the paddock upon arrival three hours before lights out.

The United States Grand Prix is live on NBC and NBC Sports app from 2pm ET today.