NASCAR America live at 5:30 p.m. ET: Daytona 500 Media Day, Mario Andretti’s Daytona win

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Today’s 90-minute episode of NASCAR America brings you news and interviews from Daytona 500 Media Day in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Carolyn Manno hosts in Stamford, Connecticut. Dale Jarrett and Steve Letarte join the show from NBC Charlotte and Jeff Burton and Marty Snider are in Daytona.

What to expect from today’s episode:

· The green flag on the 2017 NASCAR season drops Sunday, but today, the stars of the sport met the press for Daytona 500 Media Day. You’ll hear from defending Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin, defending Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and several more contenders in the “The Great American Race.”

· Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez look to be in the thick of this year’s Cup Series Rookie of the Year title. How are the newcomers preparing for their first Daytona 500? Jeff Burton sat down with them both to talk about it.

· American racing legend Mario Andretti is an icon in the open-wheel world, but 50 years ago, he captured NASCAR’s biggest event. Ken Squier takes a look at Andretti’s road to the Daytona 500 – which was much longer than most.

If you can’t catch the show on TV, you also can watch it via the online stream at http://nascarstream.nbcsports.com

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Once you plug-in that information, you’ll have access to the stream.

Click here at 5:30 p.m. ET to watch live via the stream.

NASCAR America: Parker Kligerman takes to simulator to show Xfinity changes at Indy (video)

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While Saturday will mark the sixth straight year the NASCAR Xfinity Series will race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, there will be significant changes. 

Among the changes: the use of restrictor plates, as well as adding aero ducts to aid cars with the draft.

On Tbursday’s edition of NASCAR America, Parker Kligerman took a spin around the hallowed Indianapolis Motor Speedway — on the NBCSN iRacing Simulator, that is — to show how some of those changes will impact the cars and potentially the race.

Check it out in the video above.

Friday’s NASCAR schedule at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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Friday will be somewhat of an easy, relaxing day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Cars will only take to the track twice in the afternoon — both being Xfinity Series practice sessions, which will be on the NBC Sports App.

IMS will host the NASCAR Cup Fan Fest from 4:30 – 8 p.m. ET, followed by the NASCAR Cup hauler parade that will see transporters enter the Speedway around 9 p.m. ET.

Here’s the rest of Friday’s schedule (all times Eastern):

FRIDAY, JULY 21

9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Xfinity garage open

1 – 1:55 p.m. – First Xfinity practice (NBC Sports App)

3 – 3:55 p.m. – Final Xfinity practice (NBC Sports App)

NASCAR America: Pit crew members share their hidden talents

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What does a sky diver and Olympic-caliber swimmer have in common?

They make their living on NASCAR’s pit road, that’s what.

Check out two of this week’s pit crew all-star nominees, as seen on Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America.

NASCAR America: Xfinity drivers react to restrictor plates at Indy (video)

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On Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America, several of the stars of the NASCAR Xfinity Series tried to explain in three words what to expect with the use of restrictor plates in this Saturday’s Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

See what they said and what they’re thinking about Saturday’s race in the video above.