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WATCH LIVE: IndyCar at Sonoma, NBCSN from 6:30 pm ET

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The Verizon IndyCar Series will crown its champion in today’s GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma from Sonoma Raceway, the 17th and final round of the 2017 season.

You can see live coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m. on NBCSN, following the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff opener from Chicagoland Speedway.

IndyCar coverage runs from 6:30 through to 9:30 p.m. So coverage is on from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. PT and local time.

Leigh Diffey will call Sunday’s race from Sonoma, along with analysts Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy. Kevin Lee will be in the pits with Jon Beekhuis, Katie Hargitt and Robin Miller. Bob Varsha filled in for Diffey on the weekend’s Formula 1 coverage of the Singapore Grand Prix.

Our full pre-weekend preview from the weekend is linked here and the elements of what to watch for is linked here.

For the championship, Josef Newgarden entered the weekend with a three-point lead over Scott Dixon with Helio Castroneves third, 22 back, and Simon Pagenaud fourth, 34 back. Will Power is fifth, 68 back. With Newgarden having taken the pole on Saturday, he adds one point to that margin.

Again, that’s 6:30 p.m. ET for live TV coverage on NBCSN for the Verizon IndyCar Series season finale.

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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)