WATCH LIVE: ABC Supply 500 qualifying at 2pm ET on NBCSN and Live Extra

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Two weeks on from Graham Rahal’s dramatic victory at Mid-Ohio, the Verizon IndyCar Series returns this weekend for the penultimate round of the season at Pocono Raceway.

Rahal renews his fight with championship leader Juan Pablo Montoya and fellow title rival Scott Dixon in the ABC Supply 500 at the tri-oval in Long Pond, Pennsylvania, before next week’s season finale at Sonoma.

The next chapter in the fight of the championship will be written in qualifying at Pocono on Saturday afternoon as the 24-strong field takes to the track.

You can watch qualifying for the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono from 2pm ET on NBCSN and Live Extra. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

First blood in practice on Saturday was drawn by Charlie Kimball, who edged out Sage Karam by one-tenth of a second to top the timesheets in the 90-minute session.

Montoya finished practice as the leading championship contender in fourth place, whilst Rahal and Dixon were left down in P11 and P16 respectively.

With five drivers sharing the Verizon P1 Award in the last five races, we look poised to enjoy another thrilling fight between the leading drivers once again at one of the most unique tracks on the IndyCar Series calendar.

You can watch qualifying for the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono from 2pm ET on NBCSN and Live Extra. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

The qualifying order is below:

Car #/Driver Combination

1 #20 Ed Carpenter
2 #1 Will Power
3 #8 Sage Karam (R)
4 #67 Josef Newgarden
5 #11 Sebastien Bourdais
6 #5 Ryan Briscoe
7 #27 Marco Andretti
8 #14 Takuma Sato
9 #7 James Jakes
10 #4 Stefano Coletti (R)
11 #18 Pippa Mann
12 #98 Gabby Chaves (R)
12b #22 Simon Pagenaud
14 #83 Charlie Kimball
15 #26 Carlos Munoz
16 #41 Jack Hawksworth
17 #2 Juan Pablo Montoya
18 #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay
19 #10 Tony Kanaan
20 #19 Tristan Vautier
21 #3 Helio Castroneves
22 #25 Justin Wilson
23 #15 Graham Rahal
24 #9 Scott Dixon

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.