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Can Scott Dixon Win The IndyCar Championship?

Scott Dixon(Target Chip Ganassi) andHelio Castroneves(Penske) battle for the 2013 IndyCar Championship in the final race of the season, the MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championshipsthis Saturday at 8 p.m. ETon NBCSN. Radio is on IMS and Sirius XM.

Dixon holds a 25-point advantage in the standings over Castroneves, the only driver who can overtake Dixon to win the 2013 championship, after registering first- and second-place finishes at the Grand Prix of Houston doubleheader. Dixon is a two-time IndyCar Series Champion (2003 & 2008); Castroneves, a three-time Indianapolis 500 winner and 13-year veteran of the IndyCar Series, hopes to clinch his first career season-series title.


COMMENTATORS:NBC Sports Groups IndyCar and Formula One play-by-play voiceLeigh Diffeywill call the IndyCar World Championships at Fontana. Diffey will be joined in the booth this week by former driversTownsend BellandWally Dallenbach.ReportersJon Beekhuis,Kevin Lee,Marty SniderandRobin Millerwill manage the pits.Mike King,Davey HamiltonandJake Querywill have the call of the Indy Lights Fontana race.

Following are quotes from Dallenbach on the final weekend of the IndyCar season:

Dallenbach on the 2013 IndyCar season: This has been one of the best seasons in IndyCar that I can remember. Its been great for IndyCar that these past few seasons have come down to the final race.

Dallenbach on Castroneves feeling the pressure: Theres no question, Castroneves has the pressure on him. Hes not getting much sleep this week. He may say he doesnt feel it, but he does, because hes never won a championship, and he wants it bad. Its amazing hes never won a championship in IndyCar, because hes certainly good enough.

Dallenbach on approaches for Castroneves and Dixon: Helio has the advantage going into the weekend. He is strong on these types of race tracks, and I believe his Chevrolet has the edge on these race tracks. Dixons got one thing on his mind this weekend, and thats to stay in front of Helio. His mission is pretty simple.

NBCSNs coverage of the MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships beginson Fridaywith qualifying at7 p.m. ET. Live race coverage of the MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships beginson Saturday at 8 p.m. ETon NBCSN. Coverage of the Leftys Kids Club 100, part of IndyCars Indy Lights developmental series, will precede the IndyCar World Championshipson Saturday at 7 p.m. ETon NBCSN.

In addition to NBCSNs coverage,NBC Sports Live Extra NBC Sports Groups live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets will present live coverage of the MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championshipson Saturdaynight.


This weeks motorsports coverage begins with NBCSNsIndyCar Championship Previewon Thursday at 8 p.m. ET. In addition to episodes ofTRANSLOGICandAuctions America, NBCSN will also air a one-hour special featuring the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Series.


Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Thu., October 17 IndyCar Championship Preview NBCSN 8 p.m.
Auctions America NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Fri., October 18 USF 2000 NBCSN 1:30 a.m.
IndyCar World Championships - Qualifying NBCSN 7 p.m.
Sat., October 19 Indy Lights Leftys Kids Clup 100 NBCSN 7 p.m.
MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships NBCSN 8 p.m.


INDYCAR ONNBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA:NBC Sports Live Extra NBC Sports Groups live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets will live stream the MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championshipson Saturday. Coverage will be streamed via TV Everywhere, the media industrys effort to make quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.


For desktops,NBC Sports Live Extracan be accessed atNBCSports.com/liveextra. TheNBC Sports Live Extraapp for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.


Coverage airing on NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets throughNBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via TV Everywhere, which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.


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