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Here are your KOHLER GP at Road America TV times on NBCSN

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The Verizon IndyCar Series makes its triumphant return to Road America this weekend with the KOHLER Grand Prix airing this Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Full details and times are below:

IndyCar returns to historic Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., this weekend for the first time since 2007, as NBC Sports presents live coverage of the Kohler Grand Prix this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Pre-race coverage beginsSunday at 12:30 p.m. ET.

In addition to this weekend’s IndyCar Kohler Grand Prix, NBC and NBCSN will showcase the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Tennessee National, beginning Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC.

NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs – will provide streaming coverage of this weekend’s IndyCar Kohler Grand Prix and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Tennessee National.

INDYCAR KOHLER GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY AT 1 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Road America hosts this weekend’s IndyCar Kohler Grand Prix for the first time in nearly a decade, when Sebastien Bourdais (KVSH Racing) won en route to the season championship in 2007. Simon Pagenaud (Penske) continues to lead the championship standings by 80 points ahead of Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi). Coverage from Road America begins Friday at noon ET with practice on NBCSN, and continues Saturday at 5:30 p.m. ET with qualifying, prior to Sunday’s race coverage.

Lead IndyCar play-by-play announcer Leigh Diffey will call this weekend’s race, alongside analysts Paul Tracy, who won twice at Road America in his career (1993 and 2000), and Townsend Bell. Marty Snider, Katie Hargitt, Robin Miller and Kevin Lee will report from the pits.

Both Tracy and Bell experienced success on the track in recent days. Bell and his Ferrari team finished first in their class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 19, while Tracy was victorious at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association’s Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational. Tracy won top honors in the “B Production” class in a 1965 Ford Mustang GT 350.

In addition to this weekend’s Verizon IndyCar Series event at Road America, NBCSN will air coverage of the Indy Lights series from Road America Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET, immediately following the Kohler Grand Prix. Kevin Lee will call the race alongside Anders Krohn and Katie Hargitt.

Date Program Time (ET) Network
Fri., June 24 IndyCar Kohler Grand Prix – Practice Noon NBCSN
Sat., June 25 IndyCar Kohler Grand Prix – Qualifying 5:30 p.m. NBCSN
Sun., June 26 IndyCar Countdown 12:30 p.m. NBCSN
IndyCar Kohler Grand Prix 1 p.m. NBCSN
IndyCar Post-Race 3 p.m. NBCSN
Indy Lights – Road America 3:30 p.m. NBCSN

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.”