WATCH LIVE: Honda Indy Toronto on NBCSN and Live Extra from 2pm ET

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The Verizon IndyCar Series heads north of the border this weekend for the Honda Indy Toronto, marking the end of a gruelling run of back-to-back weekends that has stretched all the way from the beginning of May.

In qualifying on Saturday, defending champion Will Power stormed to his fifth Verizon P1 Award of the 2015 season, securing himself pole position for the race start on Sunday.

However, with Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud starting second and title rival Juan Pablo Montoya lurking just behind in third place, Power will face a tough challenge to clinch his second win of the season in Toronto.

You can watch the Honda Indy Toronto live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 2pm ET. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

With rain falling in Toronto in the lead-up to the race start, we look poised for another chaotic event on Sunday following a string on wet-weather sessions at the start of the 2015 season.

Power currently trails Montoya by over 30 points at the top of the IndyCar drivers’ championship, and is without a podium finish in his last three races. However, the Australian now has a perfect opportunity to strike back in Toronto starting from pole.

With seven different winners in the opening nine races, there is every chance that we could see an eighth today given that Simon Pagenaud, Helio Castroneves (pictured) and Tony Kanaan are all yet to pay a visit to victory lane.

As the championship begins to enter the home stretch, the ever-unpredictable Honda Indy Toronto is sure to be a thrilling and exciting event, with the green flag set to be shown at 3:08pm ET.

You can watch the Honda Indy Toronto live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 2pm ET. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Sports imitates art with Tyler Bereman’s Red Bull Imagination course

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This past weekend riders took on the Red Bull Imagination, a one-of-a-kind event conceived by Tyler Bereman – an event that blended art, imagination, and sports.

In its third year, Red Bull Imagination opened to the public for the first-time, inviting fans to experience a more personal and creative side of the riders up close and personal.

As the event elevates its stature, the course gets tougher. The jumps get higher and the competition stouter. This year’s course took inspiration from a skatepark, honoring other adrenaline-laced pastimes and competitions.

“There’s a ton of inspiration from other action sports,” Bereman said told Red Bull writer Eric Shirk as he geared up for the event.

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Bereman was the leading force in the creation of this event and the winner of its inaugural running. In 2022, Bereman had to settle for second with Axell Hodges claiming victory on the largest freeride course created uniquely for the Red Bull Imagination.

Unlike other courses, Bereman gave designer Jason Baker the liberty to create obstacles and jumps as he went. And this was one of the components that helped the course imitate art.

Baker’s background in track design comes from Supercross. In that sport, he had to follow strict guidelines and build the course to a specific length and distance. From the building of the course through the final event, Bereman’s philosophy was to give every person involved, from creators to riders, fans and beyond, the chance to express themselves.

He wanted the sport to bridge the valley between racing and art.

Tyler Bereman uses one of Red Bull Imagination’s unique jumps. Garth Milan / Red Bull Content Pool

Hodges scored a 98 on the course and edged Bereman by two points. Both riders used the vast variety of jumps to spend a maximum amount of time airborne. Hodges’s first run included nearly every available obstacle including a 180-foot jump before backflipping over the main road.

The riders were able to secure high point totals on their first runs. Then, the wind picked up ahead of Round 2. Christian Dresser and Guillem Navas were able to improve their scores on the second run by creating new lines on the course and displaying tricks that did not need the amount of hangtime as earlier runs. They were the only riders to improve from run one to run two.

With first and second secured with their early runs, Hodge and Bereman teamed up to use their time jointly to race parallel lines and create tandem hits. The two competitors met at the center of the course atop the Fasthouse feature and revved their engines in an embrace.

Julien Vanstippen rounded out the podium with a final score of 92; his run included a landing of a 130-foot super flip.