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Formula 1 is set to enter the eye of the storm at Suzuka today as the 2014 drivers’ championship takes another twist at one of the sport’s most famous circuits.

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton have been going toe-to-toe all season long in one of the most exciting championship fights in recent years, and although some signs may suggest that we’re set for another Senna/Prost moment at Suzuka today, there is a bigger picture to be considered.

The inbound super typhoon Phanfone is threatening to rain on F1’s parade, meaning that everyone will have one eye on the sky. Should the predicted downpour hit and hit hard, it will make for a fascinating race – that is if they do get running.

You can watch the Japanese Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 1:30am ET. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

In qualifying yesterday, it was Rosberg who had the upper hand, producing a fine final lap in Q3 to secure his eighth pole position of the season by two-tenths of a second.

Never a man to settle for second place, Hamilton was strangely satisfied with his result following a crash in the final part of practice on Saturday. From second place, he will be gunning to extend his lead at the top of the drivers’ championship and add his name to the list of illustrious winners at Suzuka.

The big news of the weekend is Sebastian Vettel’s shock decision to leave Red Bull at the end of the season, appearing set for a move to Ferrari as a replacement for Fernando Alonso, who may be bound for McLaren. Both drivers may have quite a bit more than the race on their mind today.

You can watch the Japanese Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 1:30am ET. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.