WATCH LIVE: IndyCar’s championship-deciding race at Laguna Seca

Happy Thanksgiving IndyCar

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

Today’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 entered this weekend with a 41-point lead over second-place Alexander Rossi and will start today’s race from the fourth position. If Newgarden finishes fourth or better, he will win the championship no matter what happens to the other three competitors.

Rossi, who is aiming to win the first championship of his career, will start today’s race from the third position, while Scott Dixon – who needs a nothing short of a miracle to win his sixth career title starts second.

Simon Pagenaud starts today’s race from the sixth position. Pagenaud previously won the Indianapolis 500 in May.

NBC Sports will provide live, flag-to-flag coverage of today’s race, beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET.

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.

Live streaming coverage of the race will also be available on and the NBC Sports App.