WATCH LIVE: Italian GP qualifying on NBCSN and Live Extra from 8am ET

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After completing a clean sweep of practice sessions at Monza on Friday and Saturday morning, Lewis Hamilton heads into qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix as the overwhelming favorite for pole position.

The defending world champion has claimed ten of the 11 poles on offer thus far in 2015, which combined with an impressive set of six wins has given him a 28-point lead at the top of the drivers’ championship over Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.

Hamilton and Rosberg are both running with an updated Mercedes engine for this weekend’s race, increasing their advantage over the chasing pack to over three-quarters of a second in FP2 on Friday.

With another Silver Arrow battle on the cards in qualifying at one of the fastest and most exciting tracks on the F1 calendar, Saturday’s session is a must-watch.

You can watch qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 8am ET on Saturday. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Behind the Mercedes drivers, Ferrari looks to be leading the way as the ‘best of the rest’ at Monza as Sebastian Vettel finished P3 in both Friday sessions and second in practice on Saturday morning.

In front of its loyal Tifosi fanbase, the Italian marque will be gunning to give them plenty to shout about during qualifying on Saturday.

With Force India, Williams and Lotus also running strongly during practice at Monza thanks to their Mercedes power units, the fight to complete the podium appears to be wide open, though.

You can watch qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 8am ET on Saturday. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

IMSA’s 50th Anniversary Celebration: Why Sebring is so special to Bobby Rahal

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Bobby Rahal has driven in some of the biggest races in the world, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Rolex 24 Hours and, of course, winning the Indianapolis 500 as a driver in 1986 and in 2004 as a team owner.

But winning the 12 Hours of Sebring two years in a row (1987 and 1988), Rahal feels, is right up there in terms of his greatest accomplishments as a race car driver.

As IMSA celebrates its 50th anniversary, Rahal reflected on what racing at Sebring International Raceway has meant to him:

“To me, Sebring is the ultimate endurance race. Not as long as Daytona or Le Mans, but the demands put on a car and driver at Sebring are highly unusual.

“My father raced at Sebring in the late 60’s. To win that race two years in a row really meant something to me.

“While we’ve won a lot of other races, we’ve won just about everywhere, you name it. But for me personally, winning at Sebring those two years in a row was very special.”

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