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AUSTIN – As the Formula 1 season enters its final month, the United States Grand Prix could prove to be a pivotal turning point in the race for the 2014 drivers’ championship.

Lewis Hamilton has performed a remarkable turnaround in events to get himself back on top of the standings after four straight wins, giving him nine for the year and a 17-point lead over teammate and title rival Nico Rosberg.

However, it was Rosberg who enjoyed the bragging rights after qualifying, securing his ninth pole of the year ahead of Hamilton. With both on the front row of the grid yet again though, the stage is set for a sensational grand prix in Austin.

You can watch the United States Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 2p ET today, before switching over to NBC at 2:30p. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

A brake problem for Hamilton throughout qualifying on Saturday meant that he struggled to get to grips with the car in Q3, leaving him in second place on the grid. That said, Rosberg’s final flyer was a terrific lap, fully deserving top spot on the grid at COTA.

Behind the warring Mercedes drivers, Williams once again underlined its credentials as the best of the rest by locking out the second row of the grid. For Valtteri Bottas, qualifying in Austin yielded his sixth top-three start in the last eight races – pretty good going for the flying Finn. He will start just ahead of Williams teammate Felipe Massa.

Daniel Ricciardo and Fernando Alonso enjoyed a very average qualifying session once again, finishing fifth and sixth respectively. However, Alonso was pleased with the result in light of his old engine as he saves a fresh one for Abu Dhabi.

Adrian Sutil and Pastor Maldonado both enjoyed their best qualifying results of the season, but Sebastian Vettel suffered his first Q1 elimination in over five years. However, he never planned to make it through as he will have to start from the pit lane regardless due to a complete engine overhaul.

At the very front though, the championship contenders are set to go toe-to-toe once again. With three races to go, who can take upper hand and win in Austin?

You can watch the United States Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 2p ET today, before switching over to NBC at 2:30p. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

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IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

IndyCar NASCAR doubleheader 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.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

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.