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WATCH LIVE: Honda Indy Toronto at 3 p.m. ET on CNBC

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The Verizon IndyCar Series runs its fifth and final street course race of the season, Round 12 overall, with today’s Honda Indy Toronto from Exhibition Place.

You can see the 85-lap race from Toronto live from 3 p.m. ET on CNBC, with pre-race coverage for the first half hour before race start just after 3:30 p.m. ET (stream link here). An encore presentation of the race comes at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, following Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racing action from New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.

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

The pre-race show will be fun with Tracy sitting down with Helio Castroneves to discuss their respective careers, Castroneves on the heels of winning Iowa and one win away (30) from tying Tracy, Dario Franchitti and Will Power on 31 career wins. A teaser of that is below.

IndyCar comes after Formula 1 raced this morning from Silverstone and the British Grand Prix on CNBC and as noted, NASCAR runs from Loudon on NBCSN. Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires coverage from Toronto airs Monday night, July 17, at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Coverage will run from 3 through 6 p.m. ET.

After qualifying, here’s some of the questions to consider in Toronto:

  • How might rain throw a wrinkle into the proceedings?
  • After his first pole position, can Simon Pagenaud parlay that P1 into his first road or street course win of the year and get his title defense back on track?
  • What’s in store for the Honda runners, particularly Graham Rahal, who starts second, points leader Scott Dixon in fifth and hometown hero James Hinchcliffe in sixth?


Ferrari teammates Vettel and Raikkonen fastest in rainy final practice at Australian GP

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen went one-two in the final practice session ahead of qualifying at the water-logged Australian Grand Prix on Saturday.

Vettel set a best-lap time of 1 minute, 26.067 seconds, more than 2.4 seconds faster than his teammate in second.

Both Ferrari drivers switched from their intermediate tires to the super-fast, ultra-soft tires for the final few laps of the session, testing conditions on the track after a day-long downpour left it slick and filled with small puddles.

Mercedes drivers Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton did not opt to try out their soft tires, sticking to the intermediates for the entire session. They had the seventh- and eighth-fastest times, after topping the leaderboard in practice in dry conditions on Friday.

The heavy rains subsided by early afternoon, allowing the track to rapidly dry during the third practice session and making conditions safe for drivers to test their soft tires.

Still, only a few drivers completed a timed lap with the softer compounds, with Mercedes, Red Bull and most of the others staying with their intermediates.

Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson had the third-fastest time of the session on ultrasoft tires, followed by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen on intermediates.

Hamilton remains the favorite to capture his fifth straight pole position at the Australian Grand Prix in qualifying later Saturday. He had the fastest laps on ultrasoft tires in the two practice sessions on Friday, though Verstappen was right behind him.

Verstappen and Vettel both slid on the slick track early in the third practice session, but maintained control and completed their runs without incident.

Verstappen’s teammate, Daniel Ricciardo, had the sixth-fastest time of the session. The Australian’s chances of winning his fifth career Grand Prix on his home track in Melbourne took a hit late Friday when he was assessed a three-place grid penalty for Sunday’s race.

The Australian driver was penalized for driving too fast under red-flag conditions during Friday’s second practice session because of debris on the track.