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He may have long lost the championship, but Nico Rosberg looks to be a man on a mission as he goes in search of a fifth victory of the season in Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

Rosberg stormed to his fifth consecutive pole position in Saturday’s qualifying session at Interlagos, edging out Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by less than one-tenth of a second to continue his fine run of form.

After ending his win drought in Mexico two weeks ago, Rosberg will now be looking to double up in Brazil and continue to pile the pressure on Hamilton as the off-season approaches.

You can watch the Brazilian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 10:30am ET on Sunday. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Hamilton has his own score the settle in Brazil, though. Interlagos is one of the few circuits that the three-time champion is yet to win at, and he is hungry to do so given the importance of his hero, Ayrton Senna, to the local fans. Starting second, Hamilton will be fired up to take an 11th win in 2015.

Lurking just behind the Mercedes duo, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen will be hoping to give Ferrari some late-season success and possibly challenge the Silver Arrows. Their chances may be slim, but a good start on the short run down to the first corner could give them a look-in.

Further back, home favorites Felipe Massa and Felipe Nasr have the hopes of a nation resting on their shoulders. Although a podium finish may be out of the question starting from P8 and P13 respectively, both will be keen to bring home some points and do their best in front of a roaring support.

You can watch the Brazilian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 10:30am ET on Sunday. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Helio Castroneves ‘hustling’ for IndyCar, IMSA rides; talking with four to five teams

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As his season gathers steam, Helio Castroneves said his prospects for finding new rides for 2021 in IMSA and IndyCar also are gaining momentum.

The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner said Monday he is optimistic about landing in either or perhaps a combination of both series when Team Penske and Acura end their DPi partnership after this season.

“A lot of people I spoke with, four to five teams, are interested,” Castroneves said. “Whether it’s doing Indy 500 only, whether it’s pushing to do full time or do the sports cars as well. It’s been a very nice conversation.

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“I have a lot of respect for all the teams that have been talking, and I feel the same feedback. We just have to wait for their (sponsor) connections, and I’m also looking for some connections on my side as well, so hopefully we’ll be able to put this together and get something very soon.”

Given two decades of success with Penske in IndyCar and IMSA, Castroneves’ resume hardly needs burnishing. But the Brazilian has combined with co-driver Ricky Taylor in the No. 7 Acura DPi to win the past two overall victories at Road America and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

But Castroneves, who doesn’t have a manager, said he has been working the phones hard rather than wait for the strong results to bring in the calls.

“At this point, I feel like I’m the one who needs to be talking to them because people need to know I want to continue racing and understand my desire,” Castroneves, 45, said. “There is opportunity, no question, in both (IndyCar and IMSA), which I’m really happy about it. However, because of the COVID-19, a lot of things sometimes have to be a little delayed. But I’m excited. Whatever the opportunity and whatever destiny guides me, whether IndyCar or sports cars, trust me I’ll be as happy as it could be and doing my 100 percent like I always did.

“It’s like politics, you need to be out there, good news or bad news. People have to make notice of your presence. I’m hustling. I want to continue to keep it going. Hopefully, we’ll have good news very soon.”

The news has been all good lately on track for Castroneves and Taylor, who hope to continue their run Sunday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The No. 6 duo has surged to sixth in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship standings, 10 points out of the lead with four races remaining. After thinking there was “no hope” to be competitive after opening the season with three consecutive poor finishes, Taylor now sees an opportunity for a happy ending.

“With the program going away, Helio has won all the big races and given so much back to the team and left such a mark, he’s really part of Penske history,” Taylor said. “For me, it’s been an opportunity of a lifetime to be a part of it. I’d like to leave my little mark as well. Helio has won everything except for a championship.

“Obviously, we’ve won races already together, but we can win a championship now. I think if both of us can do that together and both win our first championship for ‘The Captain,’ that would be an absolute dream come true, and we can tie a bow on it and be happy.”