WATCH LIVE: Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN, Live Extra

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The fourth round of the Verizon IndyCar Series’ season, the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, will be LIVE on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra from 3 p.m. ET, 2 p.m. CT and local time, this afternoon. The Live Extra stream link is linked here for participating cable providers.

This weekend has already seen a mix of weather conditions. Friday was perfect, Saturday wasn’t as qualifying turned into a “beat the rain” game – which IndyCar did – and Sunday looks good.

It’s expected to be a different race than the only other road course race of the year at NOLA Motorsports Park. Strategy is always key in these races and traditionally there are few yellow flags, and extended periods of green flag running.

Either of the front row starters, Helio Castroneves or Will Power, seeks to become the fourth winner in as many races to open the season. But Scott Dixon looks to make it back-to-back on the season after winning at Long Beach, and Ryan Hunter-Reay will try to win his third Barber race in a row from a disappointing 18th on the grid.

Today’s race at Barber Motorsports Park is scheduled for 90 laps around the 2.3-mile, 17-turn road course. As mentioned above, strategy is often one of the talking points at this race.

This is the sixth edition of the race, having first began in 2010.

Leigh Diffey returns to anchor his first IndyCar race of the year, with Steve Matchett also alongside for his first IndyCar race this season. Townsend Bell rounds out the NBCSN booth trio.

Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Kevin Lee and Robin Miller continue in the pits.

Again, that’s 3 p.m ET/2 p.m. CT for the coverage on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra.

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.

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.