WATCH LIVE: Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, Live Extra

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AVONDALE, La. – The second round of the Verizon IndyCar Series’ season, the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana, will be LIVE on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra from 2:30 p.m. ET, 1:30 p.m. CT and local time, this afternoon. The Live Extra stream link is linked here.

Qualifying started in wet conditions, which intensified later in the session and then forced its cancellation.

The grid will be set by entrant points, with St. Petersburg winner Juan Pablo Montoya on the pole position ahead of Team Penske teammate Will Power.

The grid was somewhat jumbled compared to practice times and potential Q1 dropouts.

Today’s inaugural race at NOLA Motorsports Park is scheduled for 75 laps around the 2.74-mile, 13-turn road course. Rain is almost certainly going to fall, but to what degree is uncertain. Montoya discussed the rain at NOLA on Saturday.

For today’s race, Brian Till, Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy will be in the NBCSN booth, with Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Kevin Lee and Robin Miller patrolling pit road.

Again, that’s 2:30 p.m ET/1:30 p.m. CT for the coverage on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra.

Supercross: Talon Hawkins to debut in Houston in relief of Jalek Swoll

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Talon Hawkins, 19, will make his Monster Energy Supercross debut on a 250 this week in Houston, Texas as a fill-in rider for Jalek Swoll.

During the Anaheim 2 weekend, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team announced Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken arm suffered in a practice crash.

That same weekend, Hawkins made some noise. He took the lead from teammate Casey Cohran on Lap 2 of the 250 SX Futures Main and led for three laps before he was overtaken by eventual winner Daxton Bennick. Cochran also got around him to push Hawkins to third.

This will not be Hawkins SuperMotocross professional debut, however; he made three Lucas Oil Pro Motocross starts last year with results of 19th at Spring Creek in Millville, Minnesota, 27th at Ironman in Crawfordsville, Indiana and a best finish of 17th in the season finale at Fox Raceway in Pala, California.

Hawkins also has a top-10 finish in the 125 All-Star division at Pala in 2019 riding a Husqvarna.

Speaking with RacerXOnline.com before the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals, Hawkins predicted his future with Husqvarna would come down to how he performed in that race.

“It all just comes down to how I perform at Loretta’s,” Hawkins said. “Say I do really well, I get a top three in both classes and do a pretty solid job, I would like to go pro and just kind of finish out the rest of the series. But there’s also the option of waiting a little bit longer, going back out to [Aldon] Baker’s [Factory] or going anywhere and training, and just being prepared. I’m also open to that too. Honestly, it’s whatever the team wants. Whatever we think is the best option is what we’re going to go with. So, I don’t really have a plan right now, just looking into the future.”

Hawkins finished third overall in the 125 B/C and Schoolboy divisions at the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals.