WATCH LIVE: Italian GP Race Day; will Mercedes keep its cool?

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After Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg locked out the front row of the grid during qualifying yesterday, the stage is set for a thrilling Italian Grand Prix this afternoon.

As expected, Mercedes dominated at the high-speed Autodromo Nazionale Monza, but it was Hamilton who came out on top to secure his first pole position since the Spanish Grand Prix back in May.

However, with his teammate and championship rival Rosberg close by, and following their collision at the race in Belgium two weeks ago, Hamilton knows that winning today is crucial to keeping him in the title hunt.

You can watch the Italian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7.30am ET today. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

The incident at Spa was a dark moment for Mercedes, and the fall-out in the last two weeks has dominated the media. All parties have apologized and insist that we will not see a repeat at turn one today, but in the heat of a championship battle, it could all boil over very quickly at Monza.

After locking out the second row of the grid, Williams is hoping to pick up a big haul of points that could elevate the team to third place in the constructors’ championship. Ferrari, who currently occupies that position, will be lucky to finish inside the top five given the pace of the Mercedes-powered cars at Monza.

Also hoping to get in the mix for a podium finish are McLaren, whose cars start fifth and sixth, and Red Bull, although the world champions may struggle after a disappointing qualifying performance on Saturday.

The heat is on at Monza, but can Mercedes keep its cool on Sunday afternoon?

You can watch the Italian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7.30am ET. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Conor Daly honors friend killed Saturday amid Indianapolis unrest

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IndyCar driver Conor Daly posted a poignant tribute to Chris Beaty, a former Indiana University football player and Indianapolis business owner who was killed Saturday amid protests and rioting in the city.

Daly said he got to know Beaty, who owned an event and marketing promotions company, five years ago when he was organizing Indianapolis 500 afterparties.

Daly annually had been involved in Beaty’s parties since then and said Beaty helped get him home earlier this year when Daly’s blood sugar crashed while at an event.

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“The world lost a tremendous person. RIP Chris Beaty,” wrote Daly, who also tweeted “The violence has to stop.”

According to the Indianapolis Star, Beaty died after suffering multiple gunshot wounds during Saturday night’s unrest in downtown Indianapolis. It’s unclear if the shooting was tied to the protests.

Graham Rahal also posted about his interaction with Beaty.

Daly, Rahal and the rest of the IndyCar Series will return to action Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway (8 p.m. ET, NBC).