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The final Pirelli tire team picks for 2017, at Abu Dhabi GP, are out

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We couldn’t let Tuesday pass without the final team selections of tire picks for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix being posted up.

The season finale sees very little variance among selections for the Yas Marina Circuit. Pirelli’s softest compound for 2017, the purple banded ultrasoft, is the most popular choice with teams picking between eight and 10 sets of ultrasofts. Renault’s pair goes with eight sets for each driver, Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz Jr., while all others go for either nine or 10 sets.

This reduction in ultrasoft also means Renault’s gone for one further set of supersofts, four, while all others are at either two or three. The hardest compound on offer, the soft, is available via the remaining one or two sets.

The full and final details are below.

WATCH LIVE: IndyCar practice and qualifying at Laguna Seca

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For the first time in 15 years, Indy cars will be racing at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, and the stakes have never been higher.

Tomorrow’s Grand Prix of Monterey is the final race of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season, and with four drivers mathematically eligible for the series championship, there will be plenty of story lines to follow.

Current series points leader Josef Newgarden enters this weekend with a 41-point lead over second-place Alexander Rossi.

A California native, Rossi attended his first IndyCar race with his father as child at Laguna Seca when he was three years old.

He now hopes to win his first IndyCar championship at the track where he fell in love with the sport, but after suffering a broken bolt in practice 1 yesterday, he will need to find speed in P3 and qualifying today in order to put himself in the best position to fight for the title.

Simon Pagenaud and Scott Dixon are also in contention to win the championship this weekend, and another title would only add to their already illustrious IndyCar careers.

Leigh Diffey, Paul Tracy and Townsend Bell will call today’s on-track action from the booth, while Marty Snider, Jon Beekhuis, Kevin Lee and Robin Miller will report from the pits.

Here is today’s schedule:

(All times are Eastern)

Saturday 9/21, 1 p.m. ET, IndyCar Practice 3, NBC Sports Gold 

Saturday 9/21, 4:30 p.m. ET, IndyCar Qualifying, NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold

Saturday 9/21, 6 p.m. ET, Indy Lights Race 1, NBC Sports Gold 

 

For sessions on NBC Sports Gold, be sure to have your username and password handy so your subscription can be verified.

Once you enter that information, you’ll have access to the stream.