WATCH LIVE: US GP Race Day from 2p ET on NBCSN, switch to NBC at 2:30p

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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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Final 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona results, stats

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona overall results were all streaks: two consecutive victories in the endurance classic for Meyer Shank Racing and three in a row for Acura.

And Helio Castroneves became the second driver to win three consecutive Rolex 24s and the first to win in three straight years (Peter Gregg won in 1973, ’75 and ’76; the race wasn’t held in ’74 because of a global oil crisis).

Starting from the pole position, Tom Blomqvist took the checkered flag in the No. 60 ARX-06 that led a race-high 365 of 783 laps with co-drivers Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud and Colin Braun.

RESULTS: Click here for the finishing order in the 61st Rolex 24 at Daytona l By class

Meyer Shank Racing now has two Rolex 24 victories and the 2022 championship since entering the premier prototype category of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2021.

“I think what’s so special about this team is we are a small team compared to some of our opponents, but the atmosphere, the way we work, enables people to get the best out of themselves, and I think that’s why we’re such high achievers,” Blomqvist said. “I think there’s no egos. It’s a very open book, and that just enables each and every one of us to reach our potential. I think that’s why we’ve achieved so much success in really a short time at this level of competition.”

It’s the 16th IMSA victory for MSR.

The 61st running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona marked the debut of the Grand Touring Prototype category that brought hybrid engine technology to IMSA’s top level.

In other categories:

LMP2: James Allen passed Ben Hanley on the final lap and delivered a victory in the No. 55 ORECA by 0.016 seconds. It’s the second IMSA victory for Proton Competition, which last won at Sebring in 2012. It was the first Rolex 24 victory for Allen and co-drivers Gianmaria Bruni, Fred Poordad and Francesco Pizzi.

GTD Pro: Cooper MacNeil won in the last start of his IMSA career as the No. 79 Mercedes-AMG GT3 scored the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for WeatherTech Racing and the team’s fourth career victory.

MacNeil, who co-drove with Maro Engel, Jules Gounon and Daniel Juncadella, earned his 12th career victory and first at the Rolex 24.

“Winning by last IMSA race is tremendous,” MacNeil said.

GTD: The No. 27 Heart of Racing Team delivered the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for Aston Martin, which has been competing in endurance races at Daytona International Speedway since 1964. Drivers Marco Sorensen, Roman De Angelis, Darren Turner and Ian James (also the team principal) earned the victory in the English brand’s 13th attempt.

It’s also the first Rolex 24 at Daytona win for Heart of Racing, which has seven IMSA wins.

LMP3: Anthony Mantella, Wayne Boyd, Nico Varrone and Thomas Merrill drove the No. 17 AWA Duqueine D08 to victory by 12 laps for the team’s first class win in IMSA.


STATS PACKAGE FOR ROLEX 24 HOURS OF DAYTONA:

Fastest laps by driver

Fastest laps by driver after race (over the weekend)

Fastest laps by driver and class after race

Fastest lap sequence

Lap chart

Leader sequence

Race analysis by lap

Stint analysis

Time cards

Pit stop time cards

Best sector times

Race distance and speed average

Flag analysis

Weather report

NEXT: The 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season will resume with the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring March 18 with coverage across NBC, USA and Peacock.