Ryan Briscoe

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Ryan Briscoe
Ryan Briscoe 2010 Indy 500 Practice Day 7.JPG
Briscoe at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May 2010.
NationalityAustralia Australian
Born(1981-09-24) 24 September 1981 (age 32)
2014 IndyCar Series
Debut season2005
Current teamGanassi Racing
Car no.8
Former teamsDreyer & Reinbold Racing (2006)
Luzco-Dragon Racing (2007)
Team Penske (2008–2012)
Starts124
Wins8
Poles13
Fastest laps10
Best champ.
finish
3rd in 2009
 
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Ryan Briscoe
Ryan Briscoe 2010 Indy 500 Practice Day 7.JPG
Briscoe at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May 2010.
NationalityAustralia Australian
Born(1981-09-24) 24 September 1981 (age 32)
2014 IndyCar Series
Debut season2005
Current teamGanassi Racing
Car no.8
Former teamsDreyer & Reinbold Racing (2006)
Luzco-Dragon Racing (2007)
Team Penske (2008–2012)
Starts124
Wins8
Poles13
Fastest laps10
Best champ.
finish
3rd in 2009
Ryan Briscoe
American Le Mans Series
Years active2007, 2008, 2013
TeamsPenske
Level 5 Motorsports
Car no.551
Starts22
Wins8 (6 class, 2 outright)
Poles0
Fastest laps2
Best champ.
finish
3rd (LMP2) in 2007
Previous series
2001
2002
2003
2006
Italian Formula Renault
Formula 3000 and German F3
Formula Three Euroseries
Champ Car World Series
Championship titles
2001
2003
Italian Formula Renault
Formula Three Euroseries

Ryan Briscoe (born 24 September 1981) is an Australian auto racing driver from Sydney who has raced open wheel and sports cars in Europe and America. He currently drives for Chip Ganassi Racing in the IndyCar Series.

In addition to his native English, Briscoe speaks Italian and French. He attended Trinity Grammar School in Summer Hill, Sydney, Australia.

He is married to ESPN motorsport reporter Nicole Briscoe (née Manske), whom he wed in 2009.

Career biography[edit]

Early career[edit]

Like many auto racing drivers, he started his career in karting, first racing in 1993. After winning Australian, North American and Italian championships, he moved to Formula Renault in 2000. He won the Italian Championship in 2001 (winning 5 races) and finished 4th running a limited schedule in the Eurocup (with 2 wins in 6 races). In 2002, he became test driver for the Toyota Formula One constructor. He started that year racing in the Formula 3000 series, but struggled and left his ride after 7 races. He finished the year in the German Formula 3 series, taking 3 podiums in the last 6 rounds. He won the Formula Three Euroseries in 2003 (winning 8 races in the process). He became the Toyota F1 team's 'third' driver (i.e., drove the team's test car on Fridays at Grands Prix) for the last third of the 2004 season, after previous third driver Ricardo Zonta was called up to replace Cristiano da Matta.

2005[edit]

There were rumors[1] that Briscoe was set to race for the Jordan Grand Prix F1 team in 2005, due to the team's acquisition of Toyota power. Instead, Briscoe raced for Target Chip Ganassi Racing in the Indy Racing League,[1] including a 10th place finish in the Indianapolis 500. He also made his Rolex Grand-Am début with Ganassi at the 24 Hours of Daytona. He took pole position at Sears Point, but struggled on the ovals and was involved in several crashes.

On 11 September 2005 he was involved in a violent crash at Chicagoland Speedway, breaking both clavicles among other injuries. His car climbed on top of the Red Bull entry driven by Alex Barron and went airborne into the catch fencing above the retaining wall and snapping in two. He was released from the hospital on 19 September and following some initial treatment in the USA, moved to the specialist Formula Medicine facility in Viareggio, Italy, for the bulk of his rehabilitation. It took 8 weeks for Briscoe to recover from the injuries he sustained in the crash. His official web site announced his return to the USA on 14 November 2005.

2006[edit]

Briscoe was dropped by Ganassi for 2006, replaced by 2005 IRL champion Dan Wheldon. During the winter, he tested with fellow Australian and Champ Car owner Kevin Kalkhoven's PKV Racing team. Briscoe also tested for the Mi Jack Conquest team. Briscoe competed in the 2006 24 Hours of Daytona with 2005 Champions Wayne Taylor, Max Angelelli and Emmanuel Collard, but the team withdrew due to accident damage before Briscoe's turn to drive.

Ryan Briscoe waits for a qualification attempt at Indy in 2007

In 2006, Briscoe was announced as an endurance driver for Holden Racing Team, set to partner Jim Richards at the Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000. He also drove in the A1 Grand Prix race at Laguna Seca in the USA for A1 Team Australia, scoring three points. At the Indy 500 he was a surprise late driver of the #48 car for A. J. Foyt Racing – the deal was so late he was still having his seat fitting with less than half an hour of Bump Day qualifying left, and he never got out on the track to attempt a qualifying run. He returned to the IRL the following week and drove the #5 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara to a third place finish at Watkins Glen International, a road course. He returned to the Dreyer & Reinbold team on a three race deal for the short speedways in the second half of the season, but recorded DNF's in 2 of his 3 races with the team. He then was tabbed to replace the injured Cristiano da Matta in the final two races of the Champ Car season for the RuSPORT team, including his home country's race at Surfers Paradise.

2007[edit]

Briscoe signed a deal to drive for Penske Racing's Porsche LMP2 car in the American Le Mans Series and was named to a ride in the Indy 500 in a car owned by Stephen J. Luczo and Jay Penske with equipment leased from defending '500' champion Penske Racing.

Driving the #12 Symantec Luczo Dragon Racing machine, Briscoe qualified 7th with a four lap average speed of 224.410. In the race on 28 May 2007, he completed all 166 laps before the race was called due to a driving rain. Briscoe finished 5th amongst the 33 participants earning him $302,305 and 30 driver points.

2008–2012: Team Penske[edit]

Briscoe at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May 2008.

Ryan Briscoe signed to drive for Penske's IndyCar team as a race driver for the 2008 IndyCar Series season, replacing the former driver Sam Hornish, Jr., who started racing full–time in Penske's NASCAR team in 2008.

Briscoe knocked himself out of the Indianapolis 500 along with Danica Patrick when Briscoe came out of the pits and ran into Patrick tearing up her suspension and tearing the front end of Briscoe's car. Patrick and Briscoe were fined $100,000 and placed on probation at the end of the 2008 season.[2]

Briscoe earned his first career win at Milwaukee the week after Indy, holding off Scott Dixon and avoiding a late crash involving Marco Andretti, Ed Carpenter, and Vitor Meira. Briscoe became the sixth driver in IndyCar history to score his first win while driving for Penske, following Mark Donohue (in 1971), Tom Sneva (1975), Rick Mears (1978), Paul Tracy (1993), and teammate Hélio Castroneves (2000). He followed up his first career win with a victory, shortly after the halfway point of the season, at the Honda 200 on the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Briscoe also became the first Australian to claim victory at the Surfers Paradise Indy event on 26 October 2008, after countryman and favorite, Will Power, crashed out early in the race.

In sportscars, Briscoe continued to drive for Penske Racing in the American Le Mans Series. Briscoe scored his only class victory that year at Petit Le Mans, winning with fellow Indycar driver Helio Castroneves.

Briscoe at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May 2009.

2013[edit]

At the beginning of 2013, Ryan Briscoe was unable to secure an Indycar ride; instead, he was hired by Level 5 Motorsports to drive an HPD ARX-03b in the P2 class of the 2013 12 Hours of Sebring. Briscoe won the race with Scott Tucker and Marino Franchitti, his first ALMS P2 class win since 2008. Later, just before the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Level 5 announced it had signed Briscoe on as a full-season P2 driver with Tucker.[3]

Just before the 2013 Grand Prix of Alabama, Chip Ganassi Racing announced they had signed Ryan Briscoe to return to the team for the Indy 500 as a 3rd driver.[4]

Following the 2013 Indianapolis 500, Panther Racing announced that it had signed Briscoe to replace J. R. Hildebrand in the #4 National Guard car from Detroit onward.

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

SeasonSeriesTeamRacesWinsPolesF/LapsPodiumsPointsPosition
2000Formula Renault 2000 ItalyPrema Powerteam100001617th
2001Formula Renault 2000 ItalyPrema Powerteam1053172261st
Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup621231024th
German Formula Three200000NC†
French Formula Three100010NC†
Masters of Formula 310000N/ANC
2002German Formula ThreePrema Powerteam1200031613th
International Formula 3000700000NC
French Formula Three200000NC†
Italian Formula Three100 ?00NC†
Masters of Formula 310000N/ANC
2003Formula 3 Euro SeriesPrema Powerteam20845101101st
British Formula Three200000NC†
Macau Grand Prix10000N/A7th
Masters of Formula 310011N/A3rd
2004Formula OnePanasonic Toyota RacingTest driver
2005IndyCar SeriesTarget Chip Ganassi Racing14011023219th
Rolex Sports Car SeriesCompUSA Chip Ganassi100002468th
2005–06A1 Grand PrixA1 Team Australia400015113th
2006IndyCar SeriesDreyer & Reinbold Racing400018321st
Champ Car World SeriesRuSPORT200001721st
Rolex Sports Car SeriesSunTrust Racing200026261st
V8 SupercarHolden Racing Team2000012058th
2006–07A1 Grand PrixA1 Team Australia600012513th
2007American Le Mans Series – LMP2Penske Racing1231591863rd
IndyCar SeriesLuczo-Dragon Racing100003024th
2008IndyCar SeriesTeam Penske1723454475th
American Le Mans Series – LMP2411115310th
Rolex Sports Car Series100013046th
2009IndyCar SeriesPenske Racing17345116043rd
Rolex Sports Car Series100002541st
2010IndyCar SeriesPenske Racing1713134825th
V8 SupercarHolden Racing Team300000NC†
2011IndyCar SeriesPenske Racing1700043646th
Rolex Sports Car SeriesSunTrust Racing100002726th
V8 SupercarHolden Racing Team2000010872nd
2012IndyCar SeriesPenske Racing1512133706th
V8 SupercarHolden Racing Team200000NC†
2013American Le Mans Series – P2 ClassLevel 5 Motorsports86 ? ? ?1255th
IndyCar SeriesChip Ganassi Racing
Panther Racing
7000010026th
V8 Supercar Endurance CupHolden Racing Team400012167th

† – As Briscoe was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score points.

Complete International Formula 3000 results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

YearEntrant123456789101112DCPoints
2002Coca-Cola Nordic RacingINT
12
IMO
13
CAT
12
A1R
17
MON
Ret
NÜR
Ret
SIL
12
MAGHOCHUNSPAMNZNC0

Complete Formula 3 Euro Series results[edit]

(key)

YearEntrantChassisEngine1234567891011121314151617181920DCPoints
2003Prema PowerteamDallara F303/008Spiess-OpelHOC
1

1
HOC
2

1
ADR
1

5
ADR
2

1
PAU
1

1
PAU
2

2
NOR
1

4
NOR
2

Ret
LMS
1

3
LMS
2

Ret
NÜR
1

Ret
NÜR
2

7
A1R
1

1
A1R
2

1
ZAN
1

17
ZAN
2

1
HOC
3

17
HOC
4

1
MAG
1

14
MAG
2

14
1st110

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

YearEntrantChassis123456789101112131415161718WDCPoints
2004Panasonic Toyota RacingToyota TF104AUS
MAL
BHR
SMR
ESP
MON
EUR
CAN
USA
FRA
GBR
GER
HUN
TD
BEL
TD
ITA
TD
CHN
TD
JPN
*
BRA
TD

* Was entered as Third Driver, but did not run due to bad weather.

Complete A1 Grand Prix results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

YearEntrant12345678910111213141516171819202122DCPoints
2005–06A1 Team AustraliaGBR
SPR

GBR
FEA

GER
SPR

GER
FEA

POR
SPR

POR
FEA

AUS
SPR

AUS
FEA

MYS
SPR

MYS
FEA

UAE
SPR

UAE
FEA

RSA
SPR

RSA
FEA

IDN
SPR

IDN
FEA

MEX
SPR

MEX
FEA

USA
SPR

10
USA
FEA

8
CHN
SPR

9
CHN
FEA

3
13th51
2006–07NED
SPR

13
NED
FEA

3
CZE
SPR

CZE
FEA

CHN
SPR

CHN
FEA

MYS
SPR

12
MYS
FEA

17
IDN
SPR

6
IDN
FEA

10
NZL
SPR

NZL
FEA

AUS
SPR

AUS
FEA

RSA
SPR

RSA
FEA

MEX
SPR

MEX
FEA

CHN
SPR

CHN
FEA

GBR
SPR

GBR
SPR

13th24

American open wheel results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

IndyCar[edit]

YearTeamChassisEngine12345678910111213141516171819RankPoints
2005Chip Ganassi RacingPanozToyotaHMS
20
PHX
19
STP
14
MOT
12
INDY
10
TXS
12
RIR
21
KAN
21
NSH
8
MIL
DNS
MCH
10
KTY
13
PPIR
20
SNM
19
CHI
22
WGL
FON
19th232
2006Dreyer & Reinbold RacingDallaraHondaHMSSTPMOTINDY
WGL
3
TXSRIRKANNSH
9
MIL
18
MCHKTYSNM
16
CHI21st83
2007Luczo-Dragon RacingDallaraHondaHMSSTPMOTKANINDY
5
MILTXSIOWRIRWGLNSHMDOMCHKTYSNMDETCHI24th30
2008Team PenskeDallaraHondaHMS
19
STP
23
MOT1
9
LBH1
KAN
7
INDY
23
MIL
1
TXS
3
IOW
7
RIR
15
WGL
12
NSH
23
MDO
1
EDM
6
KTY
7
SNM
2
DET
9
CHI
3
SRF2
1
5th447
2009Team PenskeDallaraHondaSTP
1
LBH
13
KAN
4
INDY
15
MIL
2
TXS
2
IOW
2
RIR
19
WGL
2
TOR
2
EDM
4
KTY
1
MDO
2
SNM
2
CHI
1
MOT
18
HMS
2
3rd604
2010Team PenskeDallaraHondaSAO
14
STP
3
ALA
6
LBH
8
KAN
6
INDY
24
TXS
1
IOW
4
WGL
2
TOR
18
EDM
4
MDO
6
SNM
4
CHI
11
KTY
24
MOT
4
HMS
4
5th482
2011Team PenskeDallaraHondaSTP
18
ALA
21
LBH
2
SAO
3
INDY
27
TXS
6
TXS
3
MIL
11
IOW
6
TOR
7
EDM
10
MDO
16
NHM
8
SNM
3
BAL
14
MOT
20
KTY
8
LVS3
C
6th364
2012Team PenskeDallara DW12ChevroletSTP
5
ALA
14
LBH
7
SAO
25
INDY
5
DET
16
TXS
3
MIL
14
IOW
18
TOR
19
EDM
8
MDO
7
SNM
1
BAL
2
FON
17
6th370
2013Chip Ganassi RacingDallara DW12HondaSTP
ALA
LBH
SAO
INDY
12
26th100
Panther RacingChevroletDET
21
DET
13
TXS
MIL
15
IOW
POC
14
TOR
22
TOR
DNS
MDO
SNM
17
BAL
HOU
HOU
FON
2014Chip Ganassi RacingDallara DW12ChevroletSTP
10
LBH
17
ALA
11
IMS
6
INDY
18
DET
15
DET
10
TXS
7
HOU
12
HOU
8
POC
4
IOW
9
TOR
12
TOR
11
MDO
8
MIL
6
SNM
FON
11th*396*
* Season in progress.
1 Run on same day.
2 Non-points-paying, exhibition race.
3 The Las Vegas Indy 300 was abandoned after Dan Wheldon died from injuries sustained in a 15-car crash on lap 11.
YearsTeamsRacesPolesWinsPodiums
(Non-win)**
Top 10s
(Non-podium)***
Indianapolis 500
Wins
Championships
94124138203600
** Podium (Non-win) indicates 2nd or 3rd place finishes.
*** Top 10s (Non-podium) indicates 4th through 10th place finishes.

Indianapolis 500[edit]

YearChassisEngineStartFinishTeam
2005PanozToyota2410Chip Ganassi Racing
2007DallaraHonda75Luczo-Dragon Racing
2008DallaraHonda323Team Penske
2009DallaraHonda215Team Penske
2010DallaraHonda424Team Penske
2011DallaraHonda2627Team Penske
2012DallaraChevrolet15Team Penske
2013DallaraHonda2312Chip Ganassi Racing
2014DallaraChevrolet3018Chip Ganassi Racing

Champ Car[edit]

YearTeam1234567891011121314RankPoints
2006RuSPORTLBH
HOU
MTY
MIL
POR
CLE
TOR
EDM
SJO
DEN
MTL
ROA
SRF
11
MXC
14
21st17

Touring/Sports Car Racing[edit]

(Races in bold indicate pole position)

Rolex Sports Car Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, Results are overall/class)

Rolex Sports Car Series results
YearTeamMakeEngineClass123456789101112131415PointsPosition
2005Ganassi RacingRileyLexusDPDAY
7
HOMCALLAGCMTWAT1BARWAT2DAY2MDOPHXWAT3VIRMEX2468th
2006SunTrust RacingRileyPontiacDPDAY
Ret
MEXHOMLBHVIRLAGPHXLRPWAT1
3
DAY2BARWAT2
2
INFMIL
6261st
2008Penske-Taylor RacingRileyPontiacDPDAY
3
HOMMEXVIRLAGLRPWATMDODAY2BARCGVWAT2INFNJMIL3046th
2009Penske RacingRileyPorscheDPDAY
6
VIRNJLAGWATMDODAY2BARWAT2CGVMILHOM2541st
2011SunTrust RacingDallaraChevroletDPDAY
5
HOMBARVIRLRPLAGWAT1MDODAY2NJWAT2CGVMIL2726th
2012SunTrust RacingCorvette DPChevroletDPDAY
Ret
BARHOMNJDETMDOROAWAT1INDYWAT2CGVLAGLRPNC

V8 Supercar results[edit]

YearTeamCar12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334353637Final PosPoints
2006HRTHolden VZ CommodoreADL
PUK
BRG
WIN
HDV
QLR
ORP
SAN
21
BAT
Ret
SUR
SYM
BAH
PHI
58th120
2010HRTHolden VE CommodoreYMC
R1

YMC
R2

BHR
R3

BHR
R4

ADE
R5

ADE
R6

HAM
R7

HAM
R8

QLD
R9

QLD
R10

WIN
R11

WIN
R12

HDV
R13

HDV
R14

TOW
R15

TOW
R16

PHI
R17

BAT
R18

25
SUR
R19

Ret
SUR
R20

7
SYM
R21

SYM
R22

SAN
R23

SAN
R24

SYD
R25

SYD
R26

NC0 +
2011HRTHolden VE CommodoreYMC
R1

YMC
R2

ADE
R3

ADE
R4

HAM
R5

HAM
R6

PER
R7

PER
R8

PER
R9

WIN
R10

WIN
R11

HDV
R12

HDV
R13

TOW
R14

TOW
R15

QLD
R16

QLD
R17

QLD
R18

PHI
R19

BAT
R20

SUR
R21

11
SUR
R22

23
SYM
R23

SYM
R24

SAN
R25

SAN
R26

SYD
R27

SYD
R28

72nd108
2012HRTHolden VE CommodoreADE
R1

ADE
R2

SYM
R3

SYM
R4

HAM
R5

HAM
R6

PER
R7

PER
R8

PER
R9

PHI
R10

PHI
R11

HDV
R12

HDV
R13

TOW
R14

TOW
R15

QLD
R16

QLD
R17

SMP
R18

SMP
R19

SAN
Q

SAN
R20

BAT
R21

SUR
R22

4
SUR
R23

5
YMC
R24

YMC
R25

YMC
R26

WIN
R27

WIN
R28

SYD
R29

SYD
R30

NC0 +
2013HRTHolden VF CommodoreADE
R1

ADE
R2

SYM
R3

SYM
R4

SYM
R5

PUK
R6

PUK
R7

PUK
R8

PUK
R9

BAR
R10

BAR
R11

BAR
R12

COTA
R13

COTA
R14

COTA
R15

COTA
R16

HID
R17

HID
R18

HID
R19

TOW
R20

TOW
R21

QLD
R22

QLD
R23

QLD
R24

WIN
R25

WIN
R26

WIN
R27

SAN
Q

23
SAN
R28

9
BAT
R29

17
SUR
R30

5
SUR
R31

3
PHI
R32

PHI
R33

PHI
R34

SYD
R35

SYD
R36

35th516

+ Not Eligible for points
* Season still in progress

American Le Mans Series results[edit]

YearTeamCar123456789101112Final PosPoints
2007PenskePorsche RS Spyder
Porsche MR6 3.4L V8
SEB
23/8
STP
3/1
LGB
2
HOU
4/3
MMP
1
LMR
1
MDO
2
ROA
4/2
MOS
3/2
DET
9/7
ATL
7/5
LAG
4/2
3rd186
2008PenskePorsche RS Spyder Evo
Porsche MR6 3.4L V8
SEB
Ret
STPLGBMMPLMRMDOROAMOSDET
5
ATL
6/1
LAG
6/5
16th53
2013Level 5 MotorsportsHPD ARX-03b
Honda HR28TT 2.8 L Turbo V6
SEB
6/1
LNB
28/3
MON
3/1
LIM
3/1
MOSAMEBAL
Ret
COTA
3/1
VIR
3/1
PET
2/1
5th125

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

YearTeamCo-DriversCarClassLapsPos.Class
Pos.
2013United States Level 5 MotorsportsUnited States Scott Tucker
Scotland Marino Franchitti
HPD ARX-03b-HondaLMP2242NCNC

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Felipe Massa
Italian Formula Renault champion
2001
Succeeded by
José María López
Preceded by
Tristan Gommendy (French series)
Gary Paffett (German series)
Formula 3 Euro Series champion
2003
Succeeded by
Jamie Green