WATCH LIVE: IndyCar finale at Sonoma at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

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SONOMA, Calif. – This is it. The stage is set for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series champion to be crowned in today’s GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma from Sonoma Raceway.

We know it will be a member of Team Penske, but will it be Simon Pagenaud winning his first title or Will Power taking his second?

Power enters the day trailing Pagenaud by 44 points following qualifying, as Pagenaud won the pole position.

Catch all the action LIVE on NBCSN and the NBC Sports App (stream at for participating providers) from 3:30 p.m. PT/6:30 p.m. ET following the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase for the Sprint Cup opener at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.

Leigh Diffey is back in the booth as lead lap-by-lap announcer along analysts Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy.

Kevin Lee will be on pit road with Jon Beekhuis, Katie Hargitt and Robin Miller. Lee will also handle the subsequent championship celebration.

Pagenaud starts from pole, as noted, while Power rolls off fourth for the title showdown.

Additionally, plenty of other potential story lines could present themselves in the 16th and final race of the 2016 season.

Of note, defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon signs off his title season and his Chip Ganassi Racing team’s run with Target in IndyCar following a 27-year partnership.

Again, that’s 3:30 p.m. PT/6:30 p.m. ET for the IndyCar season finale on NBCSN.

IndyCar disappointed by delay of video game but aiming to launch at start of 2024

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An IndyCar executive said there is “absolutely” disappointment that its long-awaited video game recently was delayed beyond its target date, but the series remains optimistic about the new title.

“Well, I don’t know how quick it will be, but the whole situation is important to us,” Penske Entertainment president and CEO Mark Miles said during a news conference Monday morning to announce IndyCar’s NTT title sponsorship. “Motorsport Games has spent a lot of money, a lot of effort to create an IndyCar title. What we’ve seen of that effort, which is not completely obvious, is very reassuring.

“I think it’s going to be outstanding. That’s our shared objective, that when it is released, it’s just widely accepted. A great credit both to IndyCar racing, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, something that our fans love.”

In June 2021, IndyCar announced a new partnership with Motorsport Games to create and distribute an IndyCar video game for the PC and Xbox and PlayStation consoles in 2023.

But during an earnings call last week, Motorsport Games said the IndyCar game had been delayed to 2024 to ensure high quality.

Somewhat compounding the delay is that IndyCar’s license for iRacing expired after the end of the 2022 season because of its exclusive agreement with Motorsport Games.

That’s resulted in significant changes for IndyCar on iRacing, which had provided a high-profile way for the series to stay visible during its 2020 shutdown from the pandemic. (Players still can race an unbranded car but don’t race on current IndyCar tracks, nor can they stream).

That’s helped ratchet up the attention on having a video game outlet for IndyCar.

“I wish we had an IndyCar title 10 years ago,” said Miles, who has been working with the organization since 2013. “We’ve been close, but we’ve had these I think speed bumps.”

IndyCar is hopeful the Motorsports Game edition will be ready at the start of 2024. Miles hinted that beta versions could be unveiled to reporters ahead of the time “to begin to show the progress in a narrow way to make sure we’ve got it right, to test the progress so that we’re ready when they’re ready.”

It’s been nearly 18 years since the release of the most recent IndyCar video game for console or PC.

“(We) better get it right,” Miles said. “It’s something we’re very close to and continue to think about what it is to make sure we get it over the line in due course.”