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Here are your F1 from Monza, Indy from Watkins Glen times on NBCSN

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It’s a double barrel weekend of open-wheel racing on NBCSN this weekend, with even more sessions than normal televised owing to the weather washout of Friday track activity at Darlington Raceway.

Below, please see times and advisories for both this weekend’s Formula One Italian Grand Prix coverage from Monza, and the Verizon IndyCar Series’ IndyCar Grand Prix at The Glen from Watkins Glen.

Additionally, you can view this week’s F1 Paddock Pass from Monza here.

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FORMULA ONE ITALIAN GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY AT 7 A.M. ET ON NBCSN

F1 makes its annual trip to Monza this weekend for the Italian Grand Prix, as Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) looks to build off of his win in Belgium last weekend and gain ground on teammate and rival Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton had won seven consecutive races prior to last weekend, and now leads Rosberg by just nine points following Rosberg’s win in the Belgian Grand Prix. Hamilton is a three-time winner at Monza, including the past two seasons.

Live coverage begins exclusively on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app on Friday morning at 4 a.m. ET with Practice 1, followed by NBCSN’s live coverage of Practice 2 at 8 a.m. ET. Streaming coverage on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app continues Saturday at 5 a.m. ET with Practice 3 and live qualifying at 8 a.m. ET on NBCSN.

Live Italian Grand Prix coverage begins Sunday morning at 7 a.m. ET on NBCSN with F1 Countdown, and is followed by F1 Extra at 10 a.m. ET. The GP2 Series race weekend from Monza is on at 6 a.m. ET.

Lead F1 announcer Leigh Diffey will call the Grand Prix action on Sunday, and will be joined by veteran analyst and former racecar driver David Hobbs, and analyst and former race mechanic for the Benetton F1 team Steve Matchett. F1 insider Will Buxton will serve as the team’s on-site reporter from Monza. Brian Till will fill in for earlier sessions in the weekend.

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INDYCAR GRAND PRIX AT THE GLEN – SUNDAY AT 2 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

The 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series heads to iconic Watkins Glen International this weekend with championship implications at stake, with just the season finale at Sonoma on Sept. 18 remaining on the schedule.

Simon Pagenaud (Penske) continues to lead the standings over teammate Will Power, in what has turned into a two-driver race for the championship. Pagenaud (529 points) is 28 points ahead of Power (501 points), and 113 points clear of Tony Kanaan (Chip Ganassi Racing), who sits in third. This marks the first IndyCar race at Watkins Glen since the 2010 season, when Power drove to victory. Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing) is a three-time winner at Watkins Glen (2008-10).

NBC Sports Group is currently on pace to deliver its most-watched IndyCar season on record, averaging 487,000 viewers across eight races, up 18% vs. 2015 through the same number of races (412,000), excluding rain-impacted races.

Coverage begins tomorrow at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN with practice with second practice now added for two full hours from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. ET owing to the cancellation of NASCAR track activity from Darlington.

Qualifying airs Saturday evening at 6 p.m. ET. Pre-race coverage on Sunday begins at 2 p.m. ET, followed by the Grand Prix at the Glen at 2:30 p.m. ET. NBCSN will also present the Indy Lights series on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

Kevin Lee (play-by-play) will call the action alongside analysts and drivers Paul Tracy and Townsend Bell. Reporters Jon Beekhuis, Katie Hargitt and Robin Miller will report from the pits. Lee, Anders Krohn (analyst), and Hargitt will the Indy Lights race. Jake Query will fill in for Lee during first IndyCar practice.

Date Coverage Time (ET) Network
Fri., Sept. 2 F1 Italian Grand Prix – Practice 1 4 a.m. Streaming
F1 Italian Grand Prix – Practice 2 8 a.m. NBCSN
Off The Grid – Monza 9:30 a.m. NBCSN
IndyCar Grand Prix at The Glen – Practice 1 11 a.m. NBCSN
IndyCar Grand Prix at The Glen – Practice 2 3:30 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., Sept. 3 F1 Italian Grand Prix – Practice 3 5 a.m. Streaming
F1 Italian Grand Prix – Qualifying 8 a.m. NBCSN
IndyCar Grand Prix at The Glen – Qualifying** 6 p.m. NBCSN
Sun., Sept. 4 GP2 Series – Italy** 6 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Countdown 7 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Italian Grand Prix 7:30 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Extra 10 a.m. NBCSN
Indy Lights – Watkins Glen** 1 p.m. NBCSN
IndyCar Countdown 2 p.m. NBCSN
IndyCar Grand Prix at The Glen 2:30 p.m. NBCSN
IndyCar Post-Race 4:30 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.”