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INDYCAR rolls into Tennessee this weekend with the Grand Prix of Nashville taking center stage.

The streets of Music City will turn into a track for the eagerly awaited race on Sunday.

1Marcus Ericsson in action at IndyCar in Indianapolis last weekendCredit: AP

Will Power heads to Nashville with a slender nine-point lead over Marcus Ericsson.

Here is how to watch the action LIVE and for FREE this weekend in the United States.

What time does it start?

Sunday's Grand Prix of Nashville is scheduled to begin at 3pm ET.

It will be the highlight a a three-day festival called Big Machine Music City Grand Prix.

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There will be music and activities all weekend with Tim McGraw playing a concert on Saturday night.

What TV channel is it on?

NBC will broadcast the race LIVE and for FREE in the United States.

Fans can also stream the action on NBC's own Peacock service.

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The streets of Tennessee will be home to the race this Sunday.

It will take place near the Titans' NFL home Nissan Stadium.

Roads have been closed off starting on Wednesday in preparation for the event.

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Column: When a sheriff OKs harassing a pastor for a Batmobile, it’s time for accountability

California is littered with people who have a legitimate beef with an elected sheriff.

People who’ve had a relative killed by deputies, for example, and can’t get any answers about what happened because a sheriff refuses to be transparent about the department’s internal investigation.

Or people who’ve filed a complaint about being wrongfully detained or roughed up by a deputy only to hear nothing back because a sheriff is resistant to oversight.

It’s bad enough for those of us who live here, as anyone who has dealt with Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva can attest. But now, California’s inability to deter questionable behavior among its sheriffs is even affecting people in other states.

Specifically, a soft-spoken pastor from Indiana named Mark Racop.

He has become ensnared in a ridiculous criminal investigation over a Batmobile launched by outgoing San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos Bolanos at the behest of one of his wealthiest campaign donors.

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In July, Racop opened the door to the shop, Fiberglass Freaks, where he has been building officially licensed, 1966-era Batmobiles for more than a decade, to find not one but four members of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department standing outside with warrants.

They were there in tiny Logansport, Ind. — thousands of miles out of their jurisdiction, midway between Chicago and Indianapolis, with taxpayers footing the bill — on the orders of Bolanos.

Weeks earlier, Bay Area real estate agent Sam Anagnostou, who through his company, donated $1,000 to Bolanos’ ultimately unsuccessful reelection bid, had approached the sheriff about Racop.

Back in 2017, Anagnostou had ordered a $210,000 custom Batmobile from Fiberglass Freaks, with the expectation of Racop completing it sometime in 2018.

But delays happened. The pandemic happened. And Anagnostou didn’t make a payment for almost nine months. In the meantime, Racop — adhering to the rules spelled out in the sales contract about missed payments — moved another customer ahead of Anagnostou.

By 2021, Anagnostou had grown so impatient and so angry that he tried getting his local Atherton Police Department to investigate and persuade the San Mateo County district attorney’s office to file charges against Racop. No luck. Then he tried filing a lawsuit in California, alleging fraud. No luck there either. The judge ruled that Indiana would be the proper venue for hearing the case.

Bolanos was Anagnostou’s last hope.

“In an era where law enforcement is under such siege, this seems like this was not very well thought out,” San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley told me. “What we’re trying to do — what we should be trying to do — is establish credibility with people, not do things that look like we’re doing favors. And that’s kind of, unfortunately, what this looks like.”

Indeed, the optics are so bad that the Board of Supervisors has been flooded with calls and emails from angry constituents.

As a result, the county has asked the California attorney general’s office to investigate what happened. And on Saturday, the county retained retired Superior Court Judge Winifred Y. Smith to launch yet another investigation.

“What we can do is extremely limited,” said Horsley, who was sheriff for 14 years. “This is the California Constitution. The sheriff is an elected officer. We can’t remove them from office. And nor would we over one particular incident, but it is a heck of an incident.”

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Full disclosure: I know Racop. Well, Mark.

I met him about six years ago, when he officiated the wedding of two longtime friends, Dawn and Jeff. He’s a geeky guy whose love of the Batman began as a kid. He legit wanted to be the Dark Knight when he grew up and, while he doesn’t regularly wear a cowl and cape, loves to shout: “To the Batmobile!”

I frankly hadn’t thought about Mark in years. Then, a few days ago, Dawn woke me up muttering and squinting at a Facebook post on her phone.

A member of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department inspects a Batmobile at Fiberglass Freaks.(Mark Racop)

“Mark got hemmed up by some California sheriffs.”

“What?”

“California sheriffs!”

I should mention this conversation happened in Las Vegas, first thing in the morning after my birthday celebration. Well, it might have been in the afternoon. It’s hard to tell in Vegas sometimes. But Dawn gamely plowed ahead, relaying the wild, convoluted story about Mark — first reported by KGO-TV in San Francisco.

I needed to know more. So I called up Mark.

He was still outraged and bewildered about what had happened. He told me how the members of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department, accompanied by a deputy from Indiana’s Cass County Sheriff’s Department, refused to let him call a lawyer and treated him like a criminal.

A spokesperson for Bolanos didn’t return a request for comment.

“They kept saying that they were probably going to arrest me,” Mark told me, “and that they were probably going to extradite me to California.”

As it turns out, the team of four did have a warrant, not only to search Fiberglass Freaks for records about the Batmobile that Anagnostou ordered, but to arrest Mark and bring him back to San Mateo County.

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