WATCH LIVE: NASCAR AMERICA has the latest on Tony Stewart saga at 5 p.m. ET

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Earlier today, the Ontario County (N.Y.) District Attorney announced that evidence from the Tony Stewart/Kevin Ward Jr. case will be submitted to a grand jury for their determination as to whether or not Stewart will be brought to trial for his role in the Aug. 9 tragedy.

Today’s episode of NASCAR AMERICA will feature insights from NBC Sports legal analyst Jack Furlong on what the possible outcomes could be for Stewart, and NASCAR insider Nate Ryan on what today’s decision from the D.A. means for Stewart’s participation in this weekend’s Sprint Cup event at New Hampshire.

In case you can’t watch today at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN, you can STREAM IT online and on your mobile device through NBC Sports Live Extra.

Here’s what else is on tap:

  • In our most recent “Driver2Driver” feature with Chicagoland winner Brad Keselowski, the 2012 Cup champion said he’d be “devastated” if he couldn’t win more titles. We’ll revisit that chat and discuss what is more important in winning a title: Experience or Drive…
  • Rookie driver Kyle Larson almost pulled one over on the big boys in Sunday’s Chase opener before finishing third behind Keselowski and Jeff Gordon. NBCSN’s Kelli Stavast chats with Larson at Chip Ganassi Racing headquarters about how he deals with the hype that has seemingly grown around him every week this season…
  • And 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Wendell Scott will be honored with a series of tributes next month at Martinsville. One of them involves Camping World Truck Series driver Darrell Wallace Jr., who became the first African-American driver since Scott to win a NASCAR national series race in last year’s Truck race at Martinsville. Today, Stavast also caught up with the man they call “Bubba” to talk about the special occasion.

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Helio Castroneves ‘hustling’ for IndyCar, IMSA rides; talking with four to five teams

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As his season gathers steam, Helio Castroneves said his prospects for finding new rides for 2021 in IMSA and IndyCar also are gaining momentum.

The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner said Monday he is optimistic about landing in either or perhaps a combination of both series when Team Penske and Acura end their DPi partnership after this season.

“A lot of people I spoke with, four to five teams, are interested,” Castroneves said. “Whether it’s doing Indy 500 only, whether it’s pushing to do full time or do the sports cars as well. It’s been a very nice conversation.

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“I have a lot of respect for all the teams that have been talking, and I feel the same feedback. We just have to wait for their (sponsor) connections, and I’m also looking for some connections on my side as well, so hopefully we’ll be able to put this together and get something very soon.”

Given two decades of success with Penske in IndyCar and IMSA, Castroneves’ resume hardly needs burnishing. But the Brazilian has combined with co-driver Ricky Taylor in the No. 7 Acura DPi to win the past two overall victories at Road America and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

But Castroneves, who doesn’t have a manager, said he has been working the phones hard rather than wait for the strong results to bring in the calls.

“At this point, I feel like I’m the one who needs to be talking to them because people need to know I want to continue racing and understand my desire,” Castroneves, 45, said. “There is opportunity, no question, in both (IndyCar and IMSA), which I’m really happy about it. However, because of the COVID-19, a lot of things sometimes have to be a little delayed. But I’m excited. Whatever the opportunity and whatever destiny guides me, whether IndyCar or sports cars, trust me I’ll be as happy as it could be and doing my 100 percent like I always did.

“It’s like politics, you need to be out there, good news or bad news. People have to make notice of your presence. I’m hustling. I want to continue to keep it going. Hopefully, we’ll have good news very soon.”

The news has been all good lately on track for Castroneves and Taylor, who hope to continue their run Sunday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The No. 6 duo has surged to sixth in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship standings, 10 points out of the lead with four races remaining. After thinking there was “no hope” to be competitive after opening the season with three consecutive poor finishes, Taylor now sees an opportunity for a happy ending.

“With the program going away, Helio has won all the big races and given so much back to the team and left such a mark, he’s really part of Penske history,” Taylor said. “For me, it’s been an opportunity of a lifetime to be a part of it. I’d like to leave my little mark as well. Helio has won everything except for a championship.

“Obviously, we’ve won races already together, but we can win a championship now. I think if both of us can do that together and both win our first championship for ‘The Captain,’ that would be an absolute dream come true, and we can tie a bow on it and be happy.”