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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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F1 2017 driver review: Lance Stroll

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Team: Williams

Car No.: 18
Races: 20
Wins: 0
Podiums: 1
Best Finish: P3 (Azerbaijan)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 40
Championship Position: 13th

Lance Stroll’s arrival in Formula 1 at the start of the 2017 was a far from smooth one despite a significant private testing program being undertaken in the months leading up to his grand prix debut.

Even with older hand Felipe Massa at Williams, Stroll looked uneasy behind the wheel of the FW40 car through the opening run of races as he failed to reach the checkered flag in any of his first three starts.

The Canadian was left deflated after his first decent effort in Bahrain was cut short after a clash with Carlos Sainz Jr., calling it his “rock bottom” moment – but things would turn around on home soil.

Stroll produced a stunning fight through the field to take an excellent P9 in Canada, proving his talent seen in Formula 3 the previous year and shushing many of his critics.

Better would follow two weeks later in Baku when Stroll became the youngest rookie in F1 history to score a podium, dodging a crazy race to finish third. It would have been second had he not lost a drag race against Valtteri Bottas to the line.

Stroll’s form then fluctuated greatly. He was sublime on occasion, the best examples being Monza, when he started a remarkable P2 on the grid and ended as the top midfielder in P7, or Mexico where he took a brilliant sixth.

But there were too many weekends he was a little anonymous. Sure, Williams didn’t have the best car this year, but perhaps a little better was expected from Stroll.

2018 will be an even bigger challenge as he looks to the lead the team when a new teammate arrives – and at only 19, it is a lot to handle. Nevertheless, there are positive signs to be found; you just need to look for them a little.

Season High: Taking a shock podium in Baku after dodging chaos in front.

Season Low: A poor opening two races in Australia and China.