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Okay race fans, who’ve ‘ya got: Vote for who wins IndyCar championship

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The day that Verizon IndyCar Series teams, drivers and fans have waited almost all year for is finally at hand today.

When the season-ending and championship-winning Grand Prix of Sonoma finally comes to an end after 85 laps and roughly two hours of time, one driver is going to be declared the 2018 season champion.

Scott Dixon is going for his fifth career IndyCar crown, his first since winning in 2015 in one of the biggest upsets in series history, rallying from nearly 50 points back to win the race, overtake points leader Juan Pablo Montoya and capture the championship by a slim margin.

But Dixon has three other main contenders — and 21 non-contenders — to worry about today.

There’s Alexander Rossi, the surprise 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner who has really had a breakout season and has become a true American champion-in-waiting.

And while they’re both a distant 87 points behind Dixon, this year’s Indy 500 winner, Will Power, and defending IndyCar series champ Josef Newgarden, are still mathematically in the championship race until they’re eliminated — or pull one of the greatest upsets ever seen in IndyCar history.

But enough about what’s on the table. Let’s give you fans the main course. Who are YOU picking to win this year’s IndyCar championship?

Have at it:

IMSA’s Bill Auberlen joins NASCAR America to discuss this weekend’s race at Lime Rock

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Turner Motorsport GTD driver Bill Auberlen joined NBC Sports’ Marty Snyder on NASCAR America Presents the Motorsports Hour Thursday to discuss a variety of topics, including Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship race at Lime Rock Park.

Auberlen, alongside co-driver Robby Foley, enters Lime Rock with a great amount of momentum after finishing on the GTD podium at Watkins Glen and taking the GTD class honors in the most recent IMSA race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

There’s also an extra incentive for the duo to win this weekend as well, as Auberlen is one win away from tying Scott Pruett for the most IMSA victories all-time.

Both drivers will have to be on their A-game this weekend, however, as Auberlen stated that Lime Rock is one of the tougher circuits on the IMSA calendar and compared the 1.5-mile Connecticut road course to a short track.

“It’s what we call the bullring of our season,” Auberlen said. “It is a 54-second lap and we’re going to go around it a million times before the end of the day. It’s going to be a hot one, and I think whoever survives this is going to be on the podium.”

Luckily for the GTD and GTLM teams, with no Protoype and LMP2 entries competing at Lime Rock this weekend, the worry of having to yield to entries from the faster classes is gone.

“These Protoypes are so fast now, that interacting with them, you can’t imagine,” Auberlen said. “We have radars in our car that can alert us when they are coming.

“They get on you so fast that if you’re not always looking or something is not telling you they’re coming, you could have a problem and catch into them. That’s gone. Now it’s going to be focus-forward. You’re going to be focused on everything ahead of you. You got GLTM in there at the same time, but they’re virtually the same speed as us – just a little bit faster.

“It’s going to be nice. When you stand on that podium you might be able to go for an overall victory.”

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