WATCH LIVE: MAVTV 500 at Fontana, 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN, Live Extra

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One of the Verizon IndyCar Series’ toughest tests lies ahead, with today’s 11th round of the 2015 season, the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

Today’s race airs live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra from 4 p.m. ET; here is the Live Extra link for participating cable providers.

What had been the season finale for the last three seasons now shifts to a late June Saturday afternoon, set to be under 90-plus degree ambient temperatures for the 250-lap race, and expected to be six pit stops.

Can points leader Juan Pablo Montoya add to his Indianapolis 500 victory and win the second Triple Crown race of the year? Will Scott Dixon wrest it away? Or might a surprise driver survive and take the triumph?

Leigh Diffey will be in the booth along with Steve Matchett and Paul Tracy; Kevin Lee, Jon Beekhuis, Kelli Stavast and Robin Miller will be patrolling what is likely to be a hot, stifling pit road.

Again, that’s 4 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. PT, for IndyCar coverage from ACS in Fontana.