WATCH LIVE: Sonoma qualifying at 3:30 p.m. PT, 6:30 ET, on NBCSN

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SONOMA, Calif. – The final qualifying session for the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season is upon us from Sonoma Raceway, and you can see it live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra at 3:30 p.m. PT and local time, 6:30 p.m. ET, today.

The start time may be earlier depending on the conclusion of the NASCAR Xfinity Series race from Road America, which precedes the coverage.

Team Penske has won all but one of the nine previous Verizon P1 Awards on road or street courses this season, with the lone exception Scott Dixon at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course earlier this month.

Additionally, it’s been since 2008 since anyone other than Will Power (2014, 2012, 2011, 2010) or Dario Franchitti (2013, 2009) captured a pole position at Sonoma, when Helio Castroneves did so en route to victory.

So the road to pole goes through Power, as the series champion still has an outside shot to defend his title albeit needs some help to do so.

Leigh Diffey will be alongside Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy in the booth, with Marty Snider, Kevin Lee, Jon Beekhuis, Katie Hargitt and Robin Miller in pit lane.

Will Power led in Friday’s first practice, with Ryan Hunter-Reay fastest in today’s second practice.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

IndyCar NASCAR doubleheader 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.