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WATCH LIVE: Iowa Corn 300 at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN

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After a race at the longest race track on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule, 4.014 miles at Road America, the series now heads to its shortest track, the 0.894-mile Iowa Speedway for today’s Iowa Corn 300.

You can see the 300-lapper from Iowa Speedway live from 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN, with pre-race coverage for the first half hour before race start just after 5:30 p.m. ET (stream link here).

Kevin Lee is on the call along with analysts Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy, with Jon Beekhuis, Katie Hargitt, Anders Krohn and Robin Miller in the pits.

This comes in a big block of racing today. Formula 1 kicked off the day from the Austrian Grand Prix on CNBC.

Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires coverage takes place at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN, the lead-in to Iowa. Jake Query is on the call there with Krohn alongside in the booth and Hargitt in pit lane (stream link here).

Coverage will run from 5 through 8 p.m. ET, with Red Bull Global Rallycross coverage from Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Raceway coming up at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Iowa is one of the most physical races on the calendar and offers up a number of interesting questions:

  • Can Will Power end the drought of polesitters and Team Penske drivers at Iowa? Neither has won here.
  • Will JR Hildebrand break through for his elusive first victory and emulate Josef Newgarden’s dominance from second on the grid, in a No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet for Ed Carpenter Racing?
  • Does Newgarden, who won last year and came second the two years before that, win again?
  • Do any of the Hondas have anything to play for on what may be another Chevrolet-dominated race? Takuma Sato is the best positioned Honda on the grid, in fifth, as Andretti Autosport looks to reassert itself at the top here.

Red Bull driver Verstappen wins Formula One’s Brazilian GP

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won Formula One’s Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday for his eighth career victory in a race which ended disastrously for both Ferrari drivers.

Verstappen controlled nearly all the race at Interlagos, which saw a dramatic late collision between Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc when they fought for the fourth position. Both failed to finish.

Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly got his first F1 podium after finishing second ahead of six-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton. The Mercedes driver was third but faces an investigation after an incident that caused Red Bull’s Alexander Albon to spin.

Hamilton, who won at Interlagos in 2018, said Verstappen was “just quicker than us on the straights” and “there was nothing more we could do.”

Dutch driver Verstappen said “Lewis was very quick so I had to keep pushing… we had two good moves with him, and from there onward I could control the race.”

McLaren’s Carlos Sainz was fourth, and could be promoted to third if Hamilton is punished.

The Brazilian GP on Sunday was the penultimate race of the season, with only Abu Dhabi left on Dec.1.

Hamilton had already secured the season title in the previous race in the United States. His Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who did not finish the race, had also secured the runner-up spot.