WATCH: IndyCar MAVTV 500 qualifying from Fontana, at midnight E.T. on NBCSN


Qualifying is in the books for the 11th round of the Verizon IndyCar Series season, the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Saturday, 4 p.m. ET, LIVE on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra).

Check out the qualifying show on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra, tonight at midnight E.T. Leigh Diffey, Steve Matchett and Paul Tracy are in the booth and Kevin Lee, Kelli Stavast, Jon Beekhuis and Robin Miller are on pit road. The stream is linked here, via Live Extra, for participating cable providers.

For a 500-mile race, qualifying isn’t too crucial, but it’s still important given the fact there is a championship point on the line.

Past MAVTV 500 polesitters since the race returned in 2012 include Marco Andretti (2012), Will Power (2013) and Helio Castroneves (2014).

Thus far this season, only Power, Castroneves and Scott Dixon have scored Verizon P1 Awards, while Juan Pablo Montoya has two pole starts by virtue of qualifying cancellations where the field was set by owner points.