Here are your Sonoma IndyCar air times on NBCSN

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The Verizon IndyCar Series concludes its 2016 season this weekend with the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, which airs this Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Full details and times for this weekend’s coverage of practice, qualifying and the 16th and final race of the year are below:

This weekend’s motorsports coverage on NBCSN is highlighted by a duel for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series championship, as Team Penske teammates Simon Pagenaud and Will Power battle for the season title at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma this Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET.

INDYCAR GOPRO GRAND PRIX OF SONOMA – SUNDAY AT 6:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Simon Pagenaud has been at the top of the Verizon IndyCar Series standings for nearly the entire 2016 season, with three wins and two second-place finishes to start the year, and will need to hold off teammate Will Power to clinch his first career season title on Sunday at Sonoma. Pagenaud leads the standings with 555 points, 43 ahead of Power (512). Sunday’s race is a double-points race, so Power can still win the championship by finishing in the top five in Sunday’s 85-lap race – depending on how Pagenaud fares. Click here for a full breakdown of championship outcomes.

Pagenaud’s best season finish came in 2013, when he finished in third place overall, while Power has one career Verizon IndyCar Series championship under his belt (2014). Power has historically performed well at Sonoma Raceway with three career victories, the most recent coming in 2013.

Heading into Sunday’s season finale, NBC Sports Group has had its most-watched IndyCar season to-date, averaging 481,000 viewers, up 2% vs. 2015 (excludes Pocono race, which aired on Monday, Aug. 22, due to a rain delay).

Coverage from Sonoma begins Saturday at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN with practice, followed by live qualifying at 6 p.m. ET. Pre-race coverage on Sunday begins at 6 p.m. ET, followed by the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at 6:30 p.m. ET. NBCSN will also present an encore presentation of the race on Monday, Sept. 19, at noon ET.

Leigh Diffey play-by-play) will call the action alongside analysts and drivers Paul Tracy and Townsend Bell. Reporters Kevin Lee, Jon Beekhuis, Katie Hargitt and Robin Miller will report from the pits.

Following is this week’s NBC Sports Group motorsports coverage schedule:

DATE COVERAGE TIME (ET) NETWORK
Sat., Sept. 17 IndyCar GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma – Practice 5 p.m. NBCSN
IndyCar GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma – Qualifying 6 p.m. NBCSN
Sun., Sept. 18 IndyCar GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma 6:30 p.m. NBCSN
IndyCar Post-Race 9 p.m. NBCSN
Mon., Sept. 19 IndyCar GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma (Encore) Noon NBCSN

 

Three-time W Series champ Jamie Chadwick joining Andretti in Indy NXT Series for 2023

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Jamie Chadwick, the three-time W Series champion, will drive for Andretti Autosport in the Indy NXT Series next season.

Chadwick will make her debut in an American racing series in March, driving the No. 28 for Andretti Autosport with sponsorship from DHL. The 24-year-old will become the first female driver in 13 years to compete full time in the Indy NXT championship.

Chadwick joined the female free-to-enter W Series in its inaugural 2019 season, winning two races and the first of three consecutive championships. She has been a reserve driver for the Williams Formula One team and will continue in that role in 2023. She also has driven in the Extreme E Series.

Despite her success, Chadwick hasn’t landed a bigger ride in F3 or F2, and her break didn’t come until Michael Andretti contacted her and offered a test in an Indy NXT car.

The final three races of this year’s W Series schedule were canceled when funding fell through, but Chadwick still believes the all-female series was the right path for her.

“W Series has always been and will continue to be an opportunity to be racing for every female driver, so for my side, I looked at it while perhaps I would have liked to step up maybe earlier, at the same time being able to have that chance to race, get that experience, have that development, seat time… I was constantly learning,” Chadwick told The Associated Press.

“In that sense, I wasn’t frustrated at all. But on the flip side of it, now I’ve had that experience testing in the United States in Indy NXT and this is something I’m really excited about.”

Chadwick also is expected to have an enhanced role as a development driver next season with Williams, which chose American driver Logan Sargeant to fill its open seat on next year’s F1 grid.

“Andretti Autosport is proud to be supporting Jamie alongside DHL,” said Michael Andretti. “Jamie’s successful career speaks for itself, but Indy NXT gives Jamie the opportunity to continue her development in a new type of racing.

“We’ve turned out five Indy NXT champions over the years and look forward to continuing our role in developing new talent.”

Indy NXT is the new name of the rebranded Indy Lights Series, the final step on the ladder system before IndyCar.

Andretti will field two drivers next season in IndyCar that were developed in Indy NXT: Kyle Kirkwood, the 2021 champion, will return to Andretti after one season in IndyCar driving for A.J. Foyt Racing, and Devlin DeFrancesco is back for a second season.

Chadwick will be teammates in Indy NXT with Hunter McElrea and Louis Foster. She becomes Andretti’s second full-time female driver alongside Catie Munnings, who competes for Andretti United in the Extreme E Series.